Student Spotlight: Jacob Hebda

Tell us about yourself.
My name is Jacob Hebda and I grew up in Elizabeth Township, which is just outside Pittsburgh.  This past May, I graduated from Duquesne with my B.S.B.A. in finance.  During my time on the Bluff, I was a Brother of Delta Sigma Pi, Sports Writer for The Duquesne Duke student newspaper, and Resident Assistant.  I truly enjoyed my time at Duquesne, so it seems fitting that I am returning for my graduate degree.

I spent a summer interning at PNC, but I realized I wanted to continue my education.  I was able to complete my undergraduate degree in three years, so I thought the MBA-SBP program would be a perfect transition into the next step of my career.  This program offers the fundamentals of a business education while stressing the importance of sustainability in these practices.  I think it is an incredibly unique and enriching program that will allow me to make a real difference in the world.

What is one of your favorite things to do in Pittsburgh?
As a lifelong Penguins fan, I love going to PPG Arena to catch a game.  I was actually in attendance last year when Evgeni Malkin scored his 1,000th NHL point.

What are you most looking forward to in the MBA-SBP program?
I hope to attend law school next year, so I am very excited for my Sustainability Fellowship.  It seems like a great hands-on way to learn.  I think the research experience will build my skills and open new doors for future opportunities.

What is the best way to start the day?
I love waking up early because I feel like I am getting a head start on the day.  Coffee also makes any morning better for me.  So I think a combination of the two makes for a great way to start the day.

Where is the most interesting place you’ve been?
This past winter I went to Montreal and I thought it was an amazing city.  It was just one of those places that brims with culture.  Most Americans think of Canada as being quite similar to the U.S., but I felt like I was in a totally different part of the world.  I would love to go back in the near future.

Who inspires you to be better?
My parents have always inspired me to seek improvement.  They are supportive of my success but constantly stress that I should never rest on my laurels.  That sort of mantra has guided me through life and will always be a part of who I am.