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Brooke Adams plans to join Delta Air Lines as an operations analysis and performance associate after graduation.
Brooke Adams plans to join Delta Air Lines as an operations analysis and performance associate after graduation.

Countdown to Commencement - Brooke Adams

As part of our Countdown to Commencement series, we spent some time with a few full-time MBA soon-to-be graduates to learn about their backgrounds, why they chose Scheller College for their MBA program, and what they plan to do with their degrees after May 5.

Meet Brooke Adams. Brooke is from Alpharetta, Georgia and earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgia Tech in Industrial and Systems Engineering. She describes herself as a “punctual pizza and ice cream aficionado that loves being outside and traveling.” Brooke once jumped off a moving train and managed to stick the landing. Before enrolling in Scheller College’s full-time MBA program she worked at Huron Consulting Group as a consulting analyst. During the summer of 2016 she interned at Delta Air Lines and after graduation she will return to Delta as an operations analysis and performance associate.

Which academic or extracurricular achievement are you most proud of during business school?
I am proud of all the leadership experiences I been able to have during my time at Scheller, specifically being elected to our Graduate Business Council. One of my goals when coming back to Georgia Tech was to get more involved this time around.

Through joining clubs and serving as a leader in and outside of the classroom, I have been able to push myself outside of my comfort zone and work with people I would not normally have worked with. All of these experiences have shaped my time in the MBA program and I would not have changed a thing.

Who was your favorite MBA professor?
Professor Morvarid Rahmani was our core operations professor and while I admittedly already had an interest in operations, she inspired many of my classmates to take an interest in operations through case studies on cookie factories and how hot dogs are made. I am always inspired by women in male dominated fields, and hope to one day inspire other women as I move through my career.

What was your favorite MBA course and what was the biggest insight you gained about business from it?
Service Operations Management taught me so much about operations from a service perspective, something you don’t always think about. Professor Manpreet Hora brought in guest speakers from exciting industries to underscore what was being taught in class, and I got to apply these learnings when I worked with a local Atlanta brewery to improve their service offerings. As I move forward in my career in operations, I will definitely be keeping all that I learned in this course in the back of my mind. Design! Deliver! Delight!

“I knew I wanted to go to business school when…”
I saw how much fun I could have! I met my (now) fiancé when he was beginning his second year at Scheller, and I was blown away by how close he was with his classmates and how much he enjoyed his courses.

Why did you choose the Scheller College of Business?
I attended Georgia Tech for undergrad and to say it was difficult would be an understatement. I thought I was done with school, and Georgia Tech, for the rest of my life when I finished my last final. Once I decided to pursue my MBA, I wanted to attend a top tier program that had a strong technical reputation and a good ROI. After attending information sessions and speaking to current students, I realized business school was very different from engineering.
With small class sizes, an amazing career services department, and a supportive culture, Scheller was a no brainer.

What was the most surprising thing about business school for you?
How important balance and perspective is. Not only do you have to find your “dream job” and study for exams, but you also get involved in clubs, attend guest speakers, get to know your professors, fulfill personal commitments, and sleep. I was surprised how intentional I had to be with my time and the importance of saying no to something if that thing is not going to help me reach my goals, or help me get an extra hour of sleep at night.

What is your best piece of advice to an applicant hoping to get into Scheller’s MBA program?
Don’t be a jerk! Our admissions team loves to tell applicants there is a “no jerks allowed” policy at Scheller, and they aren’t joking. Students are not only screened for academic and career potential, but also how they would fit in and contribute to the Scheller culture. We all support and encourage each other and we only compete with each other on the intramural fields.

If you were a dean for a day, what one thing would you change about the MBA experience?
I would want to spread our culture to main campus! I think Scheller is the best kept secret of Georgia Tech, and I think we have so much to share with the other side of campus and vice versa. Technology has already infiltrated the MBA program, and I would love to see more opportunities for business skills to be taught in other courses.

“If I hadn’t gone to business school, I would be…”
Unable to articulate my previous accomplishments and future goals in less than 30 seconds to a stranger on an elevator.

Who would you most want to thank for your success?
My fiancé, Malcolm. He is the reason I even considered going back to school in the first place, and he has been my biggest cheerleader from day one studying for the GMAT. He also attended Georgia Tech for undergrad and his MBA, so he knew exactly what I was going through every step of the process. He helped me keep perspective during stressful times, and it does not hurt that he was a straight-A student that actually enjoyed helping me study and listening to countless presentation rehearsals.

In one sentence, how would you like your peers to remember you?
“Wow, I can’t believe I went to business school with the President/CEO of _______!”


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