by Noah Mehta
Day One—15 aspiring professionals, and countless connections, memories and friendships to be made. The first day of orientation was an eye-opening experience for me because it has already pushed me to learn so much about myself.
The day began with a professional photoshoot where students struck their best pose. I am thrilled to finally have a new and improved LinkedIn profile picture. Then, we were welcomed by Dr. Karen Donovan whose passion for this program and the future in sustainable business practices was inspiring. I am very excited to learn more about sustainability and explore all the resources this MBA program has to offer.
Following the opening introductions, Mr. Michael Kumer put us through an unconventional icebreaker that definitely brought out our best acting skills. I really enjoyed learning about everyone’s “happiest moments” and getting to know them better. During this seminar we also learned about our preferred style in approaching change. I discovered that I am a pragmatist and prefer change that is functional; while I am able to see multiple perspectives, I am inclined to lean towards what works and seems more practical. I am excited to see how my change style will develop over the course of the program.
I decided to stay in Pittsburgh and pursue my MBA because I have come to truly enjoy this city and I feel like it is the perfect place for me to grow within my education and to achieve my future career goals.
My favorite portion of the day was after lunch when we had the opportunity to sit on an HR panel with five renown Pittsburgh recruiters. I was able to gain valuable insight on the application process and make strong networking connections with potential employers that will serve as a useful tool for myself and the rest of my classmates when it is time to achieve that final goal of getting a job.
I have been in the 412 (Pittsburgh area code) for four years now, so being at Duquesne is not necessarily a new territory for me. I decided to stay in Pittsburgh and pursue my MBA because I have come to truly enjoy this city and I feel like it is the perfect place for me to grow within my education and to achieve my future career goals. I enjoy being challenged, and I find it fulfilling in growing through rewarding work. While enhancing both my knowledge on sustainability and my leadership qualities I will be able to enter the workforce with a unique perspective that will allow me to better my local community and make a difference in the world.
The journey has officially begun, and I am honored to be a part of such a rewarding and impactful program. I may not be there yet. But I am 100% confident that my classmates, professors and the rest of the faculty group will help me.