In this “MBA Reflections” blog post series, we will be featuring the profile and thoughts of a select few Whitman MBA students graduating in May of 2017.
Major: MBA – Marketing
Background: B.A. Marketing
Hometown: Webster, New York
LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexisdrickel
Why an MBA?
In undergrad, I absolutely loved what I was learning in my higher level classes, especially my Senior Seminar in marketing, which was all case study and experienced based. There were topics in that class that were new to me, but I loved it. That’s when I realized that I wanted to gain a larger depth of knowledge, especially in marketing.
Syracuse University has always been a dream of mine to attend. It is a big, beautiful campus where there is a place for everyone. Then, when I looked at the curriculum, I was very intrigued by the areas I had not been exposed to much of prior to attending Whitman, such as supply chain and strategy. At the same time, I was thrilled to see in-depth marketing classes such as pricing and brand management.
What have you gained from your time at Whitman?
Of course, I have gained knowledge and skills that will help me in the workplace. What Whitman uniquely gave me was the level of diversity I have been exposed to. I’ve had classmates who have created their own start-ups before, ran a family business, were from Pakistan or Kosovo or India, or is a soldier in the Army. Each of my fellow classmates brings a level of knowledge and an outlook that broadens mine. I have learned to think in different ways because of this.
What is your most memorable moment from your time at Whitman?
My most memorable time at Whitman was last semester when I learned I was selected for an internship that I wanted. All of my classmates came to celebrate with me. I remember an overwhelming feeling of support and pride from all my classmates. We really are a little family here, and I will never forget the feeling I had when everyone was just excited for me.
This past summer I worked for PetSmart in Phoenix, Arizona as a store operations intern. At the end of it, I was actually offered a full-time job that I accepted!
Are your goals or plans different since starting your MBA?
My goals are completely different since I started. I had my life all planned out when I came to Whitman, but being exposed to different classes and people changed my goals. Traveling has become a big aspiration of mine now. After being exposed to more behavior classes and operational classes, I learned that I have a passion for human resources more than marketing. When I graduate, I have a different career path in mind now.
What is your dream job?
My dream job would be a learning and development manager for a company that believes in the development of their people for the growth of the company.
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