As part of our Countdown to Commencement series, we interviewed a few soon-to-be graduates from our undergraduate and MBA programs to learn about their backgrounds, why they chose Scheller College, and what they plan to do after Fall 2018 Commencement.
Meet Farrah Fakhraee:
Farrah hails from Seattle, and is completing her Evening MBA degree in Strategy & Innovation, Managing Technology Products, and Marketing.
Farrah describes herself as a “proud basset hound owner” whose hobbies include cooking, long-distance running, hiking, and mentoring. Her biggest piece of advice to potential Scheller students: “Take courses outside of your comfort zone. You’ll broaden your skillsets and make new friends along the way.”
What projects did you work on in the program?
I had the opportunity to work with the following clients through the program’s practicum courses: Cinnabon (market expansion analysis); First Step Staffing (non-profit management consulting); and Kudelski Security (Lean Six Sigma – process improvement).
Where will you be working after graduation?
I’ll be working as a Consumer Experience Consultant at Moxie Marketing Services.
Why did you choose Scheller College of Business?
I chose Scheller College of Business because it is truly positioned at the intersection of business and technology. Having a background in intellectual property law, it was important for me to join an evening program that would allow me to work full-time, offer challenging courses, and provide networking opportunities that would help me change careers.
Who was your favorite professor and why?
Eric Overby was my favorite professor. I took his Emerging Technologies course and it was apparent throughout the semester that he spent a good amount of time preparing the class materials. Each lecture included stories that were recently in the news and topics that were applicable to the tech community. There wasn’t one class that under-delivered or felt unprepared.
What was your favorite course and what was the biggest insight you gained about business from it?
Karthik Ramachandran’s Collaborative Product Development was an incredible class. Having graduate students from both Scheller and the College of Engineering, we had the unique opportunity to work with Georgia Tech students outside of our program. From learning design thinking methodologies to developing an actual prototype, this course covered topics that are essential for product development and product management.
As a business student in the heart of Tech Square, how do you think Scheller College embodies the intersection of business and technology?
Scheller College of Business embodies the intersection of business and technology by teaching students how to lead through innovation in any field.
What activities were you involved with on or off campus, and did your business education impact those activities in any way?
On campus, I co-chaired the Mentorship Committee. In our roles, my partner and I led the Peer-Coaching Program, which paired incoming Evening MBA students with current Evening MBA students in order to make the transition to Scheller life as smoothly as possible for them. Mentorship means a lot to me, so I was thankful for the opportunity to serve such an important program.
Fun fact about yourself:
I’ve traveled to more countries than I have U.S. states.
“If I hadn’t gone to business school, I would be…
If I hadn’t gone to business school, I would be attending law school here in the U.S. or living in Europe near my family.
What are the top two items on your bucket list?
I would like to compete in a live cooking competition and travel to Korea.
In one sentence, how would you like your peers to remember you?
I hope they remember me as a hardworking, reliable friend that they could always count on.