Student Spotlight: David Baker

Tell us about yourself.
Hello! My name is David Baker, and I am from Murrysville, Pennsylvania (about 20 miles east of Pittsburgh). I spent a little over four years in the physical therapy program at Duquesne, earning a bachelor of arts degree in biology as well as a bachelor’s degree in health sciences. I decided to pivot into business, and I was led to the MBA-SBP program. The program’s accelerated one-year format and real working experience were aspects of the program that were very attractive to me. The sustainability aspect of the program is also a key component, as being able to learn and implement difference sustainable initiatives will help me moving forward. Potential career paths for me going forward would include consulting or working somewhere in the healthcare industry.  

What is one of your favorite things to do in Pittsburgh? 
One of my favorite things to do in Pittsburgh is attending Pirates, Penguins, and Steelers games throughout the year. Tailgating the games with my friends is always a good time. Going to Primanti’s happy hour is another one of my favorite things to do in the city. It’s always good to kick back and relax after a long week.  

What are you most looking forward to in the next 10 years? 
Seeing where myself and all of the meaningful people in my life end up is what I am most looking forward to in the next 10 years. I do not have a set plan in mind of where I will be in 10 years, so the unknown and seeing how everything unfolds is exciting to me. 

Where is the most interesting place you’ve been? 
The most interesting place I’ve ever been to is Puerto Rico. At Duquesne, I have met and become friends with many people from there, and a big group of us went on spring break a few years ago. It was very interesting to experience the culture. We were able to go to old San Juan and spend days on the beaches throughout the area. Everyone from there is extremely friendly and are just great people overall. It was a good time.  

What are you most looking forward to in the MBA-SBP program? 
The trip to Portugal in the spring is what I am most looking forward to in the program. It will be a unique experience that I think all of us are excited about. I am also looking forward to the projects each semester with different companies. Gaining real experience will be valuable for me in the future. 

Who inspires you to be better? 
My mother and father inspire me to be better. They wake up very early every morning to work and always try to help me in any way they can. When there are days I don’t really want to do work or feel burnt out, I always try to keep them in mind.