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Erin Moore, MBA 2018

Smith is a smaller program, so you will never feel like a number instead of a person. This advantage helps all Smith students grow as leaders.

Focus Area: Marketing
Hometown: Greensboro, North Carolina
Education: North Carolina State University
Before Smith: Cornell University
Extracurricular Activities: Black MBA Association, Graduate Marketing Association, Smith Association of Women MBAs, Net Impact 

Why did you choose to attend the Smith School of Business?

First and foremost, the community and spirit of Smith is supportive and is why Smith is ranked number one nationally in student satisfaction. The right school fit was very important for me, and Smith matches both my values and career aspirations. Every time I interacted with Smith as a prospective student, I was reassured it was the right school for me. Secondly, the Smith faculty are renowned in their respective industries. They make sure Smith students are equipped with the technical and soft skills needed to be successful in their careers. Lastly, the University of Maryland is located in a metropolitan hub of industries and networks that add to the overall Smith MBA experience and brand. Smith makes sure its students are able to tap into the immediate UMD alumni network and develop connections that continue to guide careers long after graduation.

In your opinion, what makes the Smith MBA program unique?

Smith is unique because the school is genuinely invested in you and your personal brand. Smith is a smaller program, so you will never feel like a number instead of a person. This advantage helps all Smith students grow as leaders. Smith also stands out because of its collaborative environment. The Smith community truly believes that by helping one another, all succeed. The learning structure also sets Smith from other schools. The Office of Career Services and the Smith faculty both partner with you to ensure your success, both in and out the classroom. Their willingness to guide and mentor me is an essential part of my MBA experience.

What advice would you give to future Smith MBA candidates?

As I stated above, school fit is very important when applying to business school. Be true to yourself and really think about the experiences you want to have while in school, personally and professionally. Reach out to current students to understand their perspective both inside and outside the classroom. Your classmates and professors are your lifeline. Business school is an investment in your education and yourself, and you will want to make sure you are in an environment like Smith that sets you up for excellence.