Chapter 3

My undergraduate degree was in Computer Information Systems with a minor in Mathematics from Savannah State University. By graduation day, I had a Systems Support job with Havertys Furniture, thanks to Ed Clary and moved to Atlanta. Within months of starting the job, I knew it was the wrong fit. I started looking for other jobs and researching Masters programs in Information Systems, SAP certifications etc. I got a Business Analyst role with 3C Software which opened my eyes to so much more Business opportunities outside Information Systems. I started and stopped studying for the GMAT multiple times over the next 5 years while researching MBA programs. I fell in love with Emory University and decided that'll be the only school I'll apply to. The variety of MBA programs was my main draw. I really wasn't ready to spend 2 years in an MBA program or a whole year not working, (partly because I'm not a big fan of being in class, I prefer experiential learning), so I applied to their Executive MBA program. I was denied because I didn't have enough work experience. I called the school and was told I needed 7 years of work experience. I spent the next 2 years studying for the GMAT, improved my score and got admitted. This was 2011, I was 29 and one of the youngest in my class.

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