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The 3 Most Valuable Lessons I Learned as a Social Entrepreneur

When I started my MBA, I couldn’t have been more excited about being a social entrepreneur. I have always wanted to create an impact, and I was looking forward to leveraging all the resources available at Fuqua to build an impactful company. Needless to say that an entrepreneur’s life is not all roses, and I learned a lifetime of lessons in this journey. Here are a few I think everyone should know at the beginning. 1. Have your...

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Preparing for Disruption: Technological Transformation of Business

This past year, Fuqua launched a new set of core summer term introductory courses. One class was Technological Transformation of Business, which discussed how technology and specific companies revolutionized and disrupted markets, institutions, businesses, and ultimately, society. Due to the pandemic, it was a hybrid class, meaning it was both online and in-person, depending on your preference. My MBA Class of 2022 got to be the...

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3 of My Favorite Professors

The faculty at Fuqua is a highlight of the MBA experience. We have a number of thought leaders in a variety of different industries who all bring a unique perspective to the classroom. Our faculty are involved in the community outside of the classroom as well, partaking in club events, lunch and learns, Fuqua Fridays, and much more! Here are a few of my favorite professors that I had the chance to experience during my time at...

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How to Maximize the First Terms at Fuqua

Receiving that phone call, meeting up with friends to shamelessly brag about getting accepted to Fuqua, handing in my letter of resignation to the company that I hated and loved for six years, leaving everything behind and flying to Durham in the summer of 2019, deciding on a home in American Village after realizing that Ninth Street is not for me, and finally the first day of HSM Bootcamp mid-July. I had heard how fast time flies...

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Virtual Recruiting During COVID-19: Lessons Along the Way

As associate dean for career management, I lead the school’s efforts to prepare our students and alumni in finding what each uniquely defines as meaningful work and to develop opportunities and partnerships with the premier employers Fuquans want to join. Since March, our team has been working diligently to help our students, alumni and employers to navigate the many challenges of virtual recruiting during COVID-19. Along the way,...

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Gaining Consulting Experience with FCCP

The Fuqua Client Consulting Practicum (FCCP) is an experiential learning opportunity for students to work on consulting engagements with businesses and nonprofits around the world. First-year and second-year MBAs work in teams to assist client organizations with challenges across a number of industries and fields such as marketing, strategy, and operations. The program also includes courses with Fuqua faculty to learn the best tips...

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Our Fuqua on Board Experience

Fuqua On Board (FOB) is a volunteer-based, year-long program where MBA students are selected from a pool of applicants and paired with a local nonprofit to serve as a non-voting board member. We worked with Durham Art Guild, a nonprofit organization that supports local artists and advocates for arts in the Durham area. Through our involvement in the board meetings, committee meetings, and other events, we had a unique learning...

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Gaining Entrepreneurial Experience at Fuqua

Coming into Fuqua, I had many ideas about how to spend my two years. One of them was to pursue entrepreneurship, and business school has helped me tremendously in that regard. There are a lot of avenues to explore at Duke and Fuqua that help strengthen your entrepreneurial experience, so your path just depends on your interests and goals. Here are a few examples. Coursework You can enroll in the New Ventures—a course within the...

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Breaking Down First-Year Courses: Fall Term 1

So, you’ve read online the names of courses you’ll be taking when you start at Fuqua, but what do they really entail? And how nervous should you be if it’s been five or more years since your last economics exam? Prepare to dive into a recap of the Fall Term 1 courses you’ll see as a first-year MBA—the workload, the topics covered, and the benefits you’ll get from each. Probability and Statistics Need a refresher on...

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My Entrepreneurial Journey During Business School

If you have an entrepreneurial itch, business school is a great time to scratch it. During my second year, I talked to several prospective students about my first-year experience in the entrepreneurial ecosystem surrounding Fuqua. I figured it was time to put some of those thoughts down on paper. I’ll start with a disclaimer: There are many ways to explore entrepreneurship while in business school. There is one thing that everyone...