Environmental Management & Sustainability
Q1. In one word, how would your best friend describe you, and how would you manager describe you?
Best friend: Logical
Q2. Tell us about where you have come from and what has led you to Oxford.
I grew up in Michigan (U.S.A), and just graduated from Michigan State University (go green!) in Environmental Studies and Sustainability. Oxford is actually the place that my parents met, so I’ve had my eye on it for a while and felt it was the best place for me to continue my education. I was a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship and fell just short in the finals, but decided to still try to make it here. Fortunately, Oxford accepted me and here I am! What drew me to Oxford was its unparalleled global outlook and mix of students from around the world. Our environment is global and working toward sustainable solutions will take all of us working together. Thus, I believe there is no better place for my MBA.
Q3. What have you done to prepare yourself for the MBA?
In preparation for this coming year I have been doing a lot of reading from the books that were mentioned in the various webinars, as well as some self-reflection to fine-tune what I want to do in and with my MBA in the area of sustainability.
Q4. What do you hope to gain from completing your MBA?
I want to learn the ins and outs of business and how to be an effective leader. My background is in environmental and sustainability science, and I want to add the business skills necessary to ultimately become a chief sustainability officer within a large corporation. My MBA will give me the skills to craft sustainable choices within business language. I want to be in a position to change the paradigm that the environment has to be a cost to doing business into one that it is good business to be sustainable.
Q5. What is the best advice you received before commencing your MBA?
The people you will meet and your chance to expand your worldview from living abroad and interacting with those from other countries will shape your view and your future. Your education from your peers is as important as the one in the classroom. Go out and have fun, don’t just sit in your room studying!
Q6. What excites you about your new journey at Oxford?
I am excited about the tremendous opportunity that I have been given, from the program itself to meeting some amazing people, some of whom will be lifelong friends. I’m also excited about the chance to try some new things! I’ve always watched team handball in the Olympics and have always wanted to play, and now I may have the chance to do so!
Q7. What do you think will be the most challenging part of the programme?
From what I’ve seen and heard, academic opportunities will be popping up left and right, and while I certainly want to make the most of these, the challenge will be to not have too much on my plate. Making sure to go out beyond the classroom to learn is equally important, and that means carving out time to do things beyond the program.
Q8. How do you plan to take the learnings from the MBA to influence positive change?
I want to work in corporate sustainability, so I plan to take what I learn here to better frame sustainability initiatives, and push whatever company I am with to make more sustainable choices and embrace moving toward a more sustainable world. I would love to make whatever company I’m with carbon neutral!
Q9. Lastly, what’s your favourite hashtag?
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