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"While working on case projects, we each offered our unique perspectives during team discussions, enabling us to evaluate problems from multiple angles. This encouraged me to think outside the box and become more receptive to new ideas."

MMS: Foundations of Business

Class of 2024
Industry:
Consulting, Tech, Financial Services

Prior Education:

Duke University
Economics
Hometown:
Jakarta, Indonesia
Nationality:
Indonesian

Why I Chose Fuqua

My decision to attend Fuqua was an easy one. I did my undergraduate studies at Duke, and I had a blast there. Rigorous academics, phenomenal school spirit, renowned professors, intellectual student body, stunning campus; I can keep going. In terms of culture, there was no question that I wanted to stay at Duke.

Why Fuqua, specifically, was because in my senior year when I realized that I wanted to pursue consulting. While being an economics major gave me a strong theoretical foundation, I wanted to take it to the next level by expanding my practical business knowledge.

It just happened that the business school 0.5 miles away from my dorm excels in that. Fuqua checked all my boxes: well-rounded business coursework, experiential learning opportunities, and a diverse student body.

As someone who had limited work experience, I was intrigued by how the MMS program was designed to simulate real-life work environments. The only difference is that here, you can make mistakes without any material consequences at stake. Nope, no one would yell at you for making a huge calculation error in your financial model which could’ve potentially cost the company millions. Yes, it is the perfect opportunity for you to push yourself, fail repeatedly, and maximize your learnings. Then, you’ll gain a competitive advantage in your future jobs. I wanted that, so I knew that Fuqua was the place to be.

 

 

Team Fuqua

Through this experience, I learned that our differences were our most valuable asset. Our intellectual diversity allowed us to learn from each other's expertise and strengthen our individual knowledge bases. When one of us was stuck, we worked through it together as a team—no one was left behind. I realized that having a diverse team is crucial for fostering meaningful discussions and personal growth.
 
However, to achieve this, there must be respect for one another. Respect means recognizing that every idea has its own merits. So, before dismissing an opposing perspective, take a step back, listen, and try to understand.

After Fuqua

I plan to work in management consulting after graduation. During my past consulting internships, I learned that I loved the fast-paced nature of the job. There’s always something new and different to work on, which keeps it exciting. It’s also rewarding to know that my contributions have an impact on the organizations I work with. It motivates me to continually learn and strive for excellence every single day. I believe the comprehensive business coursework at Fuqua has equipped me with the essential knowledge I need to become a better consultant.

5 Best Dining Locations on Campus

  1. Il Forno is where it's at for Italian. Their pizzas come piping hot from a wood-fired oven — you can literally watch your dinner being made. The pasta is equally awesome, made fresh and topped just the way you like.
  2. Tandoor knows how to serve up Indian favorites like chicken 65 and palak paneer that keep me coming back. You get generous portions that don't drain your wallet, making it the perfect spot when hunger strikes hard but the budget's tight. You're in for great value every time.
  3. Sazon is a Latin American gem with a menu full of variety, offering arepas, bowls, and salads. Personally, I can't pass up the bowl — got to have my rice fix. They offer three choices of meat, and they're all so juicy and flavorful.
  4. Ginger + Soy is my go-to for Asian eats. Their salmon poke bowls? Absolutely addictive. I had one every single day for six months — that's how amazing they are.
  5. The Nasher Café is the spot, especially after you’ve wandered through the amazing galleries at the Nasher Museum. Their brunch will knock your socks off—don’t even get me started on how good the salmon benedict and artisanal cheese plate are. Definitely a place to hit up with friends so you can all dig into the appetizers together.

One of My Favorite Professors

I was always excited to attend Professor Yoko Shibuya’s “Principles of Strategy” class. Professor Shibuya never failed to make the class engaging by incorporating discussions into her lectures. She encouraged everyone to ask questions and actively participate, which brought the class to life with a diversity of ideas. For instance, we once had a spirited in-class debate on the merits of investing in the longevity industry, which I found so intellectually stimulating that I devoted several hours after class to further research.

Professor Shibuya cared a lot about her students and tailored the course around our needs. For example, she invited guest speakers from Deloitte to talk about their M&A experience, which was relevant to many of us who would like to pursue a career in finance and consulting. At the term’s end, she sought our input on the cases we had studied, demonstrating her commitment to continually refining the course for future cohorts.

Her dedication to student success is truly commendable, and I am grateful for the opportunity to have learned from her.

Master of Management Studies: Foundations of Business

Undergraduate Majors

Liberal Arts (33%)
Business/Accounting (24%)
Engineering/Natural Sciences (18%)
Economics (17%)
Other (8%)

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Typical Class Demographics
MMS: Foundations of Business

Average Age

23

Average Work Experience

6 months or less

Countries Represented

27

Non-US Citizenship

43%

Women

49%
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