In this “MBA Reflections” blog post series, we will be featuring the profile and thoughts of MBA students from Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management graduating in May of 2019.
Name: Mariam Kvantaliani
Major: MBA – Finance and Business Analytics
Background: Bachelor of Business Administration – University of Georgia
LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mariam-kvantaliani-a53a659b/
Why get an MBA?
MBA programs are unique in the sense that they offer diverse managerial skillsets students can use to develop into a transformational leader. Many MBA candidates see these programs as having a significant impact on their lives in the future, whether as top managers, decision-makers, leaders or role models. For me, I came to the point in my life where I wanted to enhance both my professional and personal life with new leadership skills, ideas, professional connections and to also experience new life in a diverse society.
There were many aspects of Whitman’s MBA program that set it apart from the others. The small class sizes, engaging teamwork assignments, professional resources and the wide range of concentrations and elective courses all influenced my decision. The highly-qualified professors are always willing to communicate and work with students, both inside and outside the classroom.
What have you gained from your time at Whitman?
In addition to the high-quality business education, I have gained important business and personal connections during my first year at Whitman. I learned a lot from my professors, who often provided us with interesting insights into different topics. I also learned from my classmates, who are unique in their own professional and personal ways. Furthermore, it has been an enriching experience to be an active member of various student clubs – there are so many leadership opportunities at Whitman for students to get involved. Finally, living in a new place with new people as an international student has truly been a priceless life experience.
What is your most memorable moment from your time at Whitman?
My most memorable moment occurred at the end of this past spring semester, when I was nominated as a winner of the Tina Tubolino Memorial Award by my fellow MBA classmates for enhancing multicultural understanding at the Whitman School. This award was a great honor for me, especially as my Fulbright mission is to improve multicultural understanding between different nations.
I recently completed my summer MBA internship at an information technology and management consulting company, Enlightened, Inc., in Washington D.C. It was a wonderful experience to observe how my attitude towards business challenges, problems and opportunities in the work environment have changed since being an MBA student. I am capable of seeing things from a much bigger picture now and applying managerial skills to real-world business challenges.
Are your goals or plans different since starting your MBA?
My plans and goals have changed since the start of my MBA program. Meeting people from all over the world and being exposed to different exciting ideas, as well as observing the business environment in the U.S., I have broadened my mindset significantly. My ultimate goal to have a transformative, positive impact on the society around me has not changed. Further, it is no secret that one of my long-term goals is related to my home country, Georgia.
What is your dream job?
This is still a challenging question for me. I do not have a specific dream job but rather a dream result. I hope to be the author and implementor of a significant change in the world that we live. It might sound ambitious, but dreams don’t have limits. I like to picture myself as a little girl with big dreams. My philosophy of work centers around two main principles: hard work and honesty. I believe that if we work hard, and if we work hard with honesty, then nothing is impossible. It just becomes the matter of time. I hope to fully utilize all of the time and the opportunities I am granted.
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