One of the greatest joys of my job is meeting MBA candidates and getting to know you on a relatively personal level. I do not take lightly the fact that I get to learn about your personal and professional aspirations, what motivates you, your concerns yet excitement for the future, thoughts on leadership and why an MBA now. For many candidates I've met, these are topics hardly ever discussed even with their own family members. Because we see this as a privilege, as an admissions team at Carlson, we have the goal of providing you with opportunities of getting to know us as well as we know you. An introduction of our selves through our blog is one of way of meeting this goal. We hope this is valuable to you as, in many ways, we reflect the culture of the school we represent. If you haven't yet done so, I highly encourage you to read the previous introductory blog entries and watch for more to come from additional staff in the future.
So, as a start to my personal introduction, I offer you two truths and a lie:
1) I completed both my bachelor and master degrees at the University of Minnesota.
2) I've lived in Minneapolis my entire life.
3) I have an abnormal fear of birds.
Read on to uncover the truths about me.
Born and raised in Minnesota, I was proud to be a Gopher and completed my undergraduate degree in sociology from the College of Liberal Arts at the University Minnesota. As an extrovert by definition with a love for learning and who never shied away from speaking in front of groups, teaching as a career after college seemed like a natural fit. It was a bit of a shock when I found that, through my 9th grade civics teaching experience, the combination of me and teaching just didn't "click." I was fortunate enough at the time to have a good friend and mentor recommend to me a career in higher education instead and, thus, I ultimately (re)started my career path through the University of Minnesota's undergraduate admissions office. From there, my admissions career took off and led me to a small natural health science college in Portland, Oregon where I managed the recruiting and enrollment of their on-line certificate and diploma programs. After a few years in Portland, I returned to my roots in Minnesota in 2006 and have since then been working with the MBA programs at the Carlson School of Management.
As the director of admissions for our Full-Time and Part-Time MBA programs, I am deeply passionate about helping candidates find their paths towards academic and professional success. I have often related to candidates who struggled with the decision to "go back to school" and how to balance work and school and "regular" life as I also had the experience of completing my master's degree in education at the U of MN while working . . . . I should also mentioned I got married and purchased a new home while completing my master's degree. Thank goodness my daughter didn't come until a year later.
Admittedly, I am one of those people who tend to blur the lines between work and home so I won't describe these as my interests outside of work, but I also enjoy reading (just finished "The Lotus Eaters," by Tatjana Soli and about 15 pages into "Wired to Care," by Dev Patnaik), traveling and making Lego towers with my 3 year old daughter.
I hope this gives a glimpse into who I am. I also hope to learn more about you. So wherever you're at on your path, whether you're just starting to explore your graduate degree program options to being ready to submit your MBA application, I invite you to start a conversation with me. Feel free to e-mail me directly or post a comment below and I look forward to connecting with you.