Today on the blog, we catch up with Executive MBA format student, Alicia Braxton, ’20. Alicia works as a Customer-Specific Marketing Manager with Giant Foods in Washington, DC, and we recently sat down with her to talk more about why she decided to pursue an MBA, what she’s enjoyed about the program so far and her advice for prospective students. Check out Alicia’s answers below, and be sure to review the other posts in our ongoing student profile series!
Why did you decide to pursue an MBA?
I’ve been working in Marketing/Advertising my entire career, and I have been surrounded largely by marketers. I’ve learned so much over the past ten years, but I’m ready to take my career to the next level, and I knew that an MBA would help me do so.
I’ve also recently moved into a more corporate environment and, after just a few meetings, it became clear to me that having more well-rounded business knowledge was going to be essential. I’m one quarter in and, while it’s been challenging, it’s also already the best decision I’ve ever made.
What’s your favorite thing about your classmates so far?
The Admissions staff does a great job of making sure the class has a wide range of of careers and backgrounds. All my classmates bring their own experience to the table, and it’s been great learning from everyone. I’ve also been so impressed by people’s willingness to help and support one another. Students who are strong in certain subjects share their knowledge, and we’re all committed to getting through this together.
What are you most excited about accomplishing/doing during the program?
I’m excited about the relationships I’ll build with my fellow classmates. We spend soooo much time together, and the learning environment really helps you get to know people. It’s fun to hear about all the things that are happening with my classmates – new babies, engagements, jobs and more!
What advice do you have for prospective students?
My biggest advice for prospective students is to talk to everyone you can about your decision. Go to class visits. Talk to current students. Go to the happy hours and networking events. And keep in contact with the Admissions folks throughout the process. Luckily, I had a few friends in the Class of 2019, and I picked their brain for months and months. Ultimately made the decision to move forward, and I’m so glad I did!