AChloe Gao

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

The COVID-19 pandemic has pulled the carpet out from many industries and shifted the landscape of how we interact with one another. It accentuated the significance of being adaptive and innovative. It also gave me time to reflect and further motivated me to pursue an MBA degree.

The Smith MBA curriculum is exceptionally appealing because it combines different learning methods and offers a unique experience. I am excited about team-based learning and would love to broaden my perspective by interacting with peers from various backgrounds. The program also allows me to tailor the degree to specialize in Consulting.  The Distinctly Case Program would enable me to learn through experience by analyzing a real-world business challenge. I believe that Smith's academic excellence and expertise can help me realize my dream to make more significant impacts. 

If I could go back and give myself advice one year ago, I would tell myself to get started early. I started preparing for GMAT at the beginning of July and thus only had the chance to take it once. Starting early is always a good idea. Be curious, ask questions and the connection with application advisors is extremely helpful.

  • Hometown: Xi'an
  • Country of Origin: China
  • Prior Industry: Aviation
  • Career Focus: Consulting
AChloe Gao

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