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 8: Lei Luo
Major: MBA – Marketing
Background: International business and trade, China University Mining and Technology
LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lei-luo-46a6b3a2
Why an MBA?
I wanted the chance to gain a different learning experience and explore a new country by studying abroad. After working two years as a marketer, I realized my bachelor’s degree was not enough if I wanted to grow my career quickly and efficiently. I liked the fact that MBA students have the opportunity to obtain real-life experiences and build practical skills. After further research I realized that an MBA was perfect for my needs and aspirations.
I applied to five or six schools. Whitman had the best package in terms of student diversity, scholarships and experiences. I also spoke with a student ambassador from Whitman and Whitman professors about the class selection, which solidified my choice to come here.
What have you gained from your time at Whitman?
I learned to stand up for my ideas. Usually, I would compromise to keep the peace in group settings. However, sometimes a compromise can change the entire course of an assignment or project. So, I learned that being confident and standing by what you have to say is not the same as being aggressive.
Also, before the MBA experience I was good at managing my time. I got things done and I was organized but the MBA took my time management abilities to another level. As an MBA student every hour of every day must be pre-planned and committed to if you don’t want to go insane.
What is your most memorable moment from your time at Whitman?
In the spring of 2015, I was chosen by my class to receive the Tina Tubolino Memorial Award, an award that recognizes the person in the class that is always supportive and offers help. I was so shocked and honored. The words my classmates said were very heartwarming. It showed that putting a smile on a person’s face can make a difference.
I was a marketing intern at a startup company here in Syracuse. Compared to my previous job experience, there was no hierarchy and an open office environment. Also, the startup was very cost centric. It was a very concentrated learning experience and I grew both personally and professionally.
Are your goals or plans different since starting your MBA?
No, I made sure that I knew what my goals were so that I could be working toward them when I moved across the globe for a degree.
What is your dream job?
I want to work in the market research field and in the long run be a professor so that I can give back in terms of knowledge.