After 20 years of contemplating graduate school, Anthony knew it was time to pursue his MBA. As a father and seasoned working professional, a flexible business program that would continue to challenge him was critical in his search.

We recently spoke to Anthony to learn about his experience as a UD MBA student.

What motivates you to dedicate so much time and effort towards an MBA?

By working toward my MBA I know I am setting an example for my entire family - my children, my relatives and even friends. I'm showing them the importance of higher education and proving that anyone, regardless of age or circumstances, can do it. Career-wise, my degree has greatly improved my business acumen. I know that I'm a stronger leader and have opened several career opportunities because of it.

Anthony Denina Headshot“ Because of my MBA, I'm a stronger leader and have opened several career opportunities because of it. ”- Anthony Denina, MBA Student

Why now? Is there a reason you chose now to pursue a graduate business degree?

For years I put off going back to school because I felt I never had the time. I always wanted to but kept finding reasons why it wasn't the right time. Eventually, I realized that the perfect time would never come, I had to make a commitment to work towards achieving my master's degree. I had to make it a priority and I had to make it happen.

Anthony Denina, Dallas MBA StudentHow has your experience as a graduate student been?

The culture of the UD campus is very different than any other campus in the Dallas area. UD has esteemed faculty and an accredited business school but is also able to maintain small class sizes. They understand the importance of a personalized learning experience for each of its students.

Tell me about the faculty, how has their approach to business education impacted you?

I recently had an issue at work where my integrity and character were being tested. I was dreading the situation and was hesitant to take action because my career progression could have been affected as a result. Since UD professors are so approachable and generous with their time, I felt comfortable opening up to Dr. Rosemary Maellaro about it. She listened and discussed the dilemma with me. She became an informal mentor at a time when I really needed advice. Her mentoring undoubtedly helped me maintain my morals and amazingly, her suggested actions helped open a door which led to the position I'm in now.

Why did you decide to come to UD for your graduate studies? Why not a different school?

Here at UD, there is no reason not to get your graduate degree. Whatever your current situation may be, the college of business works with you to give you the best chance to succeed. I chose to pursue my MBA at UD because the program allows me to achieve my goals without sacrificing the responsibilities I have to both my family and my career.


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