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Hannah will start with Gartner as a consultant after graduation.
Hannah will start with Gartner as a consultant after graduation.

Countdown to Commencement - Hannah Lee

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 Hannah Lee. Hannah is from Toronto, Ontario and earned her bachelor’s in economics from Cornell University. She worked at First Step as a senior benefits specialist before enrolling at Scheller College. During the summer of 2016 she interned at The Home Depot and plans to join Gartner as a consultant after graduation.

Who was your favorite MBA professor?
Morvarid Rahmani, the core operations management instructor. Not only has she helped me professionally and personally, but I also hold her class as a standard for class execution. The semester that I took her class was the first full-time MBA cohort to have a condensed semester from 14 to seven weeks and the first in which she implemented for class. She was true to operations practice in how she implemented her curriculum. In light of all the changes, every couple of weeks, Professor Rahmani would gather systematic feedback from the class on how we thought we were doing and how we thought she was doing, and she would present that information back to us and then modify the class accordingly. Professor Rahmani’s class was a live example of her area of expertise, and the elegance of that is remarkable.

What was your favorite MBA Course and what was the biggest insight you gained about business from it?
Service Operations Management. We discussed that service failures will always happen in a business, but that how you recover from those can help you remain competitive and even go so far as to create customer loyalty.

Why did you choose the Scheller College of Business?
My admissions experience. Every note, every conversation, every meeting was thoughtful, genuine and kind. My outlook on this was that if a team of people would put in this much time and care into getting to know me and recruiting me, they would dedicate the same level of time and energy into my success in the program. I am glad that I can look back and say that my admissions experience was indeed a true reflection of the program in its entirety.

What did you enjoy most about business school in general?
The sense of community. I have the utmost respect for my classmates, and we are all truly invested in each other’s success. Throughout recruiting, we were all busy and stressed with school and researching and practicing and interviewing, but I was incredibly impressed and thankful for how generous everyone was with their time when it came to helping a colleague in whatever way they could.

While I cannot know the future, I hope that our relationships will stand the test of time. I could not have imagined a more genuine, thoughtful, hilarious, and intelligent group of people.

What was the most surprising thing about business school for you?
What I have learned that has surprised me the most is how very small chances and risks can lead to enormous success and joy. My best friendships and most rewarding roles and experiences I feel have all hinged on seemingly insignificant choices where I could have said yes or no, but decided to say yes.  

What is your best piece of advice to an applicant hoping to get into Scheller’s MBA program?
Be your authentic self.


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