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 2016.
Episode 7: David Michael Hahn
Major: Dual J.D./MBA
Background: B.S. hotel and restaurant administration, minor in accounting
LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidmichaelhahn
Why an MBA?
I made the career move from my undergraduate degree to pursue a law degree. However, I realized that I connected more with the business aspects of law and I was always drawn to business topics. So, I decided to pursue a dual J.D./MBA.
When I was looking for universities I was specifically looking for those that had options for a dual J.D./MBA. Syracuse University’s Whitman School had that option and a good reputation. That made my decision easier.
What have you gained from your time at Whitman?
Mainly, I gained a respect and appreciation for diverse people and cultures from all over the world. The exposure to different backgrounds at Whitman is unlike anything I have experienced. I also learned to effectively work in teams. You don’t get to choose your work colleagues so it’s been great to have the experience of managing different team dynamics.
Additionally, being president of the Whitman Graduate Student Organization, a large, diverse organization, I gained the ability to lead in a meaningful and impactful way. I truly enjoyed making a difference. It’s one thing to get a grade for a group project, but another to affect people’s lives with the leadership decisions you make.
What is your most memorable moment from your time at Whitman?
Whitman hosted talent shows for the graduate students. I love music. Being able to share music with people from diverse backgrounds who share the same passion for music left me with wonderful memories.
I was an A&R administration intern budgeting for Atlantic Records. Working for the company was a great experience because you never knew what was going to happen, who was going to walk through the door, or who you would be on the phone with next. Having grown up in a small city in Kansas, experiencing this internship in NYC, the largest city in America, was very eye opening and a great personal growth experience.
Are your goals or plans different since starting your MBA?
For me, it’s the other way around. I came to Syracuse University with law school in mind and changed my original plans to include an MBA.
What is your dream job?
It’s always been my dream to act as well as have a more traditional career. I would love to use my degrees to work with people, as working with people is where I thrive.