Meet McKenna from Vanderbilt MBA
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I'm talking to you today from my balcony in Nashville. You can see we have a beautiful sunset in the background and you can see some of the city as well a little bit about my background. I went to Providence College for undergrad, where I majored in business management. Then I moved to New York City, where I started my career in human Resource is, I've worked in Corporate HR for my entire career, which has been about seven years at Technology Startups in New York City. When I was deciding to go back to school, I was kind of thinking of getting either a masters in human Resource is or an MBA. When I was looking at schools, Owen had the best of both worlds. They were an MBA program that had a concentration in H O P, which is human and organizational performance. It was really a place where I would be able to marry my two interests and get that broad business background, but really hone in and focus on my corporate HR skills. Now I'll tell you a little bit more about Vanderbilt as a whole. Our class is about 180 students, and then the second year class has about 150. So all together we are a little bit over 300 students in the MBA program here at Owen Vanderbilt sits in Midtown, which is where my apartment is as well. There's a ton of restaurants, there's a lot of businesses, and it's just a great part of Nashville to be a part of. Now, I'll tell you a little bit about my grad school search process. When I was looking at schools, what I really wanted was a smaller school with a personalized approach. I also wanted that corporate HR piece, which I was able to get here. Some of the things that I love about Owen are that smaller, class size relationships that you build amongst your classmates relationships, you build with professors and the classes that you take. When I was applying for schools, I didn't actually visit the Vanderbilt campus. I had been to Nashville before and knew that it was a really great city, but I never visited campus throughout the application process. What really led me to continue to pursue Vanderbilt was that personalized approach throughout the entire process. I spoke with current Owen students and I was able to get a feel for the campus even though I hadn't come down to visit. When people ask me for one piece of advice throughout the application process to get into Vanderbilt, I would say Be yourself. Owen really values the unique pieces of individuals as they apply to the program way have people in our program from all different backgrounds, all different industries and each and every person brings that unique and diverse experience to the classroom, to the groups of friends. It just continues to help and further are learning, which has been a wonderful experience for me. I'm excited to continue to bring these campus real videos to you, and I'll see you soon.