Steven Paige: Interview with Kogod MBA Alumnus
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I currently reside in Pasadena, California and I currently work for UnitedHealth Group in their enterprise Occupational Health and Safety as a business analyst, consultant And I've been there for nine years. Today I'm gonna talk to you a little bit about my experience at co God Universe. Atco got school of business at American University in my MBA program that I went through and graduated in 2018. Why American University? Well, let me to American University initially was the Masters and Analytics. When I was talking to the counselor about what I had just gone through and applying to another school, she said, Oh, you know, we can do an MBA with a concentration analytics And I said, Done sent me this stuff right. So the immersion process, which was really pretty cool for me you had required to do two versions, right? Me? You know, I'm an overachiever. Most n b A. Guys were our enemy of women, and men were type A people, right? So I didn't do 204. Um, New York was a magical place for me because I've been there a bunch of times before. Uh, and just going through the process of the immersion and that was it was a lot of fun for May, um, right up on the subway going toe grant special, um, Grand Central Terminal and learning about the business improvement districts in there, right? Next. That's where their heart also a B M. Amro, which also owns Budweiser, right? So had a good, you know, understanding of going to incubated their understanding. Some business that happens there, right next point after that was San Francisco San Francisco was amazing, because we've got to go to Salesforce and going to the next their brand new tower and learn amazing things about Salesforce. The guy told how they use it and how they can use it and things of that nature on blast, but not least someone to Madrid, which was really cool for me, because again, I got to see some people from high school got to Barcelona, uh, had a person there, one of my high school friends there, then got to Madrid and went through a magical thing. Um, they tell me that you could go out to eat every single night for five years and never go to the same place twice. There s it was really cool to wrap up my emergent experience. How does the professor experience lead into your education professor experience? That's something also that it needs to be talked about. Um, part of getting an MBA for me was learning things from people who have actually done them in business, right? Being in a marketing class with a person who had been in marketing and understood how that works and could explain it to us. For those of us who are not in marketing like myself, um, in healthcare, um, and specific part of health care. So learning about those things, talking to a guy about finance and in in some expect exceptions, high finance. Well, we talked about a guy who worked on Wall Street and understood how those things work and could explain them toe folks who didn't have any finance before that. He was insightful and turning about talking about Hey, how are you reading this article out of Wall Street Journal? What are they trying to teach you? What they try to tell you what is the slant they're trying to make right? So I'll never look at the article the same way again, right? But those are all experiences from professors. You know, I can name pretty much almost every single one of my professors that had some story about something that happened to them at work or something, something that happened that they're bringing to the experience. That's not the only experience you'll get from professors. I could specifically talk about that, but I also can specifically talk about entertainment because I worked at Disneyland for another reviewer's. I also worked in mortgage banking, right so I can talk about that as well. They talked about stuff there, some consultants that worked at different consulting houses. Um, some folks in beverage areas and so some folks in startups, Right? So all that experience comes to bear. It's experience from all your classmates and professors and tell me what you thought overall about your experience at Cogan School of Business at American University. What did I think? I think the experience I had was really good. That's what it takes, right? And sometimes you to be that flexible in order to do that. Right? Because I was probably usually the one person on the West Coast for my groups, I was able to, you know, let me just bury that get up and do what's necessary to make this class work, to make my project work with my team mates. Right? Because you would get graded not just by your professors, but also by your classmates, especially. We're doing project work, which is almost in every class. Right? So you put in a lot of work, you will get a lot of work back. A day you now to great people have had a chance to talk with me, um, to the finest people you'll ever get a chance to meet eso I encourage you if you get if you take my advice and go to American University and specifically go to Cho got school of business, These are two people I would seek out to talk to them about anything and they make time available for students. Um, when you when you have, you know, make your reservations and that kind of stuff. So it was very powerful for me to be able to talk to those folks and along with the rest of my teachers and be ableto talkto conversation about whatever's happening with me or with something about my business, because that was the best thing about being at a u I'm 3000 miles away. I'm treated like I am next door, right? And that was that was one of the benefits for me. Um, there are people in class that were all over the place, not just in the States. 30 in the morning, His time right, And everybody in between. Um, it was it was a great experience for me and everybody I've talked to since then that I've met some other alumni.