As part of Scheller’s Countdown to Commencement series, we interviewed a few soon-to-be graduates from our undergraduate, MBA, and Ph.D. programs to learn about their backgrounds, why they chose Scheller College, and what they plan to do after Spring 2019 Commencement.
Meet Darius Chinoy:
A native of Atlanta, Darius is completing his BSBA with a concentration in Information Technology. Post-graduation, Darius will be working at KPMG in their Customer Solutions Department of their Advisory Practice.
Where did you intern?
I interned at The Coca-Cola Company where I worked in Global Strategy Planning and Insights department learning how to market Coca-Cola products around the world. I also interned at Bell Helicopter where I worked on a Customer Satisfaction survey for the Bell Training Academy that was sent to thousands of pilots and technicians to improve the Training Academy.
Why did you choose Scheller College of Business?
I felt right at home when I first came here.
Who was your favorite professor (and why)?
Michael Buchanan. He taught me to see marketing in a different light and gave me perspective on not only business, but on how people think and feel.
What was your favorite course (and what was the biggest insight you gained about business from it?)
Strategy with Pian Shu. She encourages us to ask “why a company did that.” I’ll never quite look at things the same way after taking this class.
As a business student in the heart of Tech Square, how do you think Scheller College embodies the intersection of business and technology?
Scheller incorporates technology into the curriculum and fortifies your technology expertise while influencing your business acumen.
What is your best piece of advice to an applicant hoping to get into Scheller College?
If you focus on building yourself as a well-rounded individual, success will then fall into place.
What activities were you involved with on or off campus, and did your business education affect those activities in any way?
The extracurricular opportunities were fantastic. I was a Scheller Business Ambassador (SBA) and it definitely set me up for success In addition to SBA, I participated in the GT1000 class as a team leader, owned my own business - Haircuts by D. Clips, played intramural flag football, am a member of the Management of Information Systems (MIS) club, and the Georgia Tech Marketing Association (GTMA). Business education helped tremendously in all of those. I used my leadership class in football and my social skills at info sessions in the MIS and GTMA events.
Did you travel abroad during your time at Scheller? What were some of your key takeaways from the experience?
Yes I participated in the Valencia Lisbon Program. I gained a unique perspective into different cultures.
Fun fact about yourself:
I started my own successful mobile haircutting business called Haircuts by D. Clips out of the Glenn dormitory the first year I was at Tech, and I managed it for four years. It taught me the skills of knowing how to run a small business, making customers feel happy and welcome, and gave me personal satisfaction that I made young men at Georgia Tech feel confident about themselves.
Who most influenced your decision to pursue business in college?
“If I hadn’t gone to business school, I would be…
Cutting hair and working on starting the next nationwide mobile haircutting company.
What are the top two items on your bucket list?
Skydiving and visiting Australia.
In one sentence, how would you like your peers to remember you?
Darius is a passionate person who would put his all into whatever he did.
Haircutting, watching and playing football, cooking, and watching the latest films/TV shows