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Eric Frey, a second year Georgia Tech Scheller Full-time MBA student, has been named a Poets&Quants First Generation MBA.
Eric Frey, a second year Georgia Tech Scheller Full-time MBA student, has been named a Poets&Quants First Generation MBA.

Sailing to Success: Meet Eric Frey, a Poets&Quants First-Generation MBA

Eric Frey, a Scheller College of Business second-year Full-time MBA student, is no stranger to Georgia Tech. Frey graduated from Tech with a bachelor’s degree in industrial and systems engineering in 2014. After a career in IT consulting, Frey found his way back to Tech, this time as a first-generation MBA.

“Getting an MBA is something I always wanted to pursue,” said Frey. “For me, the time had come to just simply follow through with it. Additionally, I am a learner and I knew the curriculum would play to my interests.”

Frey has been profiled by Poets&Quants as a part of their First-Generation MBAs series. In the series, Poets&Quants spotlights MBA students who were the first in their families to pursue a college degree. Aside from celebrating these students, they wanted to look at the impact that being a first-generation student has had on the next phase of their educational journey – graduate business school.

Frey hails from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, but spent his early childhood growing up on a sailboat touring the Caribbean Islands with his parents. His parents not only have inspired him, but they are the ones who encouraged him to go to college.

“Both of my parents are my biggest role models. They immigrated from their respective countries with little to nothing and made themselves successful here,” said Frey.

Frey himself is finding success in his MBA program, with concentrations in strategy and innovation, operations management, finance, and marketing. This past summer, Frey interned as a sales excellence manager for Microsoft where he uncovered, collected, and curated sales organization improvement initiatives to aid the selling process, customer engagement, and internal operations. He will be pursuing a position at a technology firm when he completes his MBA journey.

“The advice I have for first-generation college students is to not let the little details stop you from pursuing what you want,” said Frey. “Go after the over-arching goal and figure out the details later. You’ll find that stuff has an uncanny way of working itself out.”

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