AKirsten Childs

I came to the Full-time MBA at Smith School of Business because ...

I wanted a program that challenged me and supported my professional growth in a diverse team-based learning environment. The small team learning environment was important to me as it is similar to a work environment. In our groups, we can actively engage with the content, challenge perspectives, and step out of our comfort zone in a safe environment for learning. The faculty is always available and uses an application-based approach to teaching through discussion, cases, and active learning. Along the way, I am coached about how to lead and be a part of high-performing teams and can apply my learnings on the spot, receiving real-time feedback from peers and coaches alike. Finally, there are extracurriculars, events, and opportunities abound that allow you to customize your experience and network while exploring where you’d like to take your career. I sought the Smith MBA opportunity to learn about myself and how I can become a better leader that can make an impact. Overall, the team-based approach offers support much like a family with the mission to push you out of your comfort zone.

Along with the program itself, the application process was incredible and the commitment to support was evident. This was because of the faculty, staff, and students, who made themselves available to answer any questions. I recall one of my visits when students approached me and were willing to answer any questions. The support throughout the process from students and administration was only the “tip of the iceberg” for what was to come from the actual program.

  • Hometown: Georgetown, Ontario
  • Country of Origin: Canada
  • Prior Industry: Healthcare Education
  • Career Focus: TBD
AKirsten Childs

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