AMariana Adrianzen

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

when I was evaluating business schools, I focused on some key factors: program duration, class size, school’s prestige, and available specializations. Coming from a different country, it was very important for me to get back into the workforce as soon as possible, to have the opportunity to build strong connections with my classmates and to be able to make the career switch to my preferred industry. Even though Smith met all those requirements, one of the main reasons I ended up choosing them was the support I received from the administration and the recruiting team. Those interactions really shaped my view of the school.

Looking back, I wished I had planned a trip to Canada earlier in my decision-making process. It is amazing how many things you can learn when you are actually in the school, meeting face-to-face with current students, faculty and administrative program staff.

The best advice I could give to current applicants would be to interact as much as possible with everyone involved with the program. Don’t only talk with alumni, but also with current students and members of the student government or ambassadors, administration, career services, and any other area involved the MBA experience.

I’m here to work both on my leadership and technical skills, and I believe Smith’s approach is the best way to do it. The coaching opportunities provided by the school demonstrate how much they care about every student, and the support you receive from your team would be very hard to obtain somewhere else. Here you get the opportunity to learn in a safe environment.

  • Hometown: Lima
  • Country of Origin: Peru
  • Prior Industry: Real Estate
  • Career Focus: Marketing/Retail
AMariana Adrianzen

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