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What is it really like to study for an MBA? How do the students juggle their work load and their personal life? What do they hope to achieve once they have gained an MBA? Read the FT's MBA blog to find out.
Tim Hesler, Tsinghua-MIT Global MBA Age: 33 Nationality: US Background: Tim spent several years working in attorney and faculty capacities in the US while being captivated by cross-national learning contexts. For him, an MBA in China represents an opportunity to pivot towards an entrepreneurial role in international education.
Laura Melina Loeven, Nanyang Business School, Singapore Age: 24 Nationality: German Background: Melina has been working as a procurement officer at a multinational life sciences company where she was responsible for sourcing of third party manufacturing services and sourcing event coordination on international scale. She perceives her MBA studies as a great opportunity to develop intercultural leadership skills and sharpen analytical thinking.
Eduardo Alvarado Vásquez, IE Business School Age: 31 Nationality: Peruvian Background: Eduardo is a medical resident using radiation therapy to improve cancer outcomes. He hopes to develop his management and leadership skills to increase the avialability of quality treatments in cancer.
Luca Sabia, Durham University Business School Age: 35 Nationality: Italian Background: Luca is a communications professional with eight years' experience. He sees his MBA as a way to broaden his perspectives in marketing and leadership.
Sunny Sheng, Copenhagen Business School Age: 35 Nationality: Chinese Background: Sunny has led several projects on cost savings and CO2 reduction and is looking forward to broadening her knowledge on responsible leadership and sustainable business.
Julia McInnis, Chicago Booth Age: 26 Nationality: United States Background: Julia has been working in as a film producer at an independent studio. She is pursuing an MBA to transition into entrepreneurship and a new role in the entertainment industry.
Bo Zhang, Columbia Business School Age: 29 Nationality: British Background: Bo has a degree in economics and has worked in finance for several years. He chose Columbia because of the value investing programme it offers.
Merih Ocbazghi, Kellogg School of Management Age: 25 Nationality: American (Eritrean origin) Background: Merih has a degree in civil engineering and has worked in government for four years. He hopes to move into the private sector.
Omar Khan, University of Sydney Business School Age: 34 Nationality: British/Australian Background: Omar has been working at an ethical investment company where he led the development of its Islamic investment product platform. He sees his MBA as a way of learning more about leadership.
Victoria Michelotti, Stern at NYU Age: 28 Nationality: American Background: Victoria has six years of marketing and PR experience in the cultural sector. She joined Stern to build on her management and analytical skills.
Piyush Jain, UCLA Anderson Age: 25 Nationality: Indian Background: Piyush has worked with several life science start-ups in India, helping them to secure funding, and now wishes to merge his sales and marketing skills with his interest in technology.
Philippa Rock, Wharton School Age: 28 Nationality: British Background: Philippa has a PhD in psychiatry and has been working at Cambridge Cognition in a scientific consultancy role. She chose Wharton because of the healthcare management major it offers.
Marta Szczerba, Harvard Business School Age: 24 Nationality: Polish/British Background: Marta is a Fulbright Scholar. She was drawn to a US-based programme because she wants to study in an optimistic "anything can happen" society. She has worked in consulting and e-commerce.
Owen Woolcock, London Business School Age: 30 Nationality: British/Australian Background: Owen spent four years as a diplomat in the Australian Government, then three years in start-ups. He hopes to take a role in innovation, knowledge transfer or entrepreneurship on graduation.