I don't want people to tell me when I've gone as far as I can in my career. I want
to be able to make that decision for myself. To do that, I knew I would need to gain
practical work experience and continue to learn, grow and adapt along the way. I found
that an MBA from UD would help me accomplish this.
With six Fortune 500 companies headquartered within a 5-mile radius of UD talented people come here from every corner of the world. As a student, I get to share a classroom and collaborate with many of the same people from these organizations.
The ultimate goal for receiving an MBA was to start my own business. Before even completing my degree, I've already designed and implemented a business model from work I've done in class. The program has been invaluable in providing structure to a business that sprouted from common interests and organic relationships.
As an entrepreneur it provides me expertise in managing a growing enterprise while taking care of my employees and clients in a sustainable way. As a professional the UD graduate business program provides instant credibility and helps me make the best possible decisions for my business thanks to the insights I've received.
Most of my classmates are in their mid-30s and have significant experience in a variety of different industries. Each professor at UD not only has an advanced degree but also has several years of work experience in the business world. This cumulative business knowledge creates a great dynamic in the classroom as colleagues relating their stories to the concepts we're all learning about.
For subjects I have less experience with I prefer to be in the classroom. Establishing a relationship with a professor can be invaluable if I need something explained a different way or if I am struggling with a concept. However, I with running a business in addition to my full time job the flexibility that online courses afford is invaluable to me being able to juggle the different roles of my life simultaneously.
My objective has always been to launch my own business after completing my MBA degree. In my first semester, during an online course, I indicated this when introducing myself to the class. The professor took note and because of mutual interests, without any strings attached, he offered to help me get my business off the ground. I'm already building the way towards my goals and applying what I'm learning along the way.
In the current COVID-19 crisis, the love of Danny Fitzpatrick, BA '13, for Italy, appreciation for his time there, and a creative collaboration with sculptor Tim Schmalz have led to a specific way of rendering aid to the country beloved by so many UD alumni and one-time Romers.+ Read More
Edisson Ramos, BA '20, is one of many students receiving assistance from UD's COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, which has currently raised nearly $90,000; the first of the funds were distributed last week to help students make their April rent, and Director of Financial Aid Taryn Anderson, BA '07, is in the process of distributing a second wave to students with housing or food insecurity or in need of Wi-Fi or other resources for online learning.+ Read More
In our current condition, with most of the U.S. sheltering in place and/or learning and working from our homes, it's hard to imagine that just 20 days ago, teachers and those aspiring to be teachers gathered together for the fourth annual Excellence in Education conference at the University of Dallas, organized, run and sponsored by UD's Education Department, but so they did, and so we will all do -- gather together, that is -- some day again.+ Read More