Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business students come to learn, explore, and build community. As they move forward in their careers, they take everything they’ve learned and use it to power innovation in industries and businesses across the globe. Before graduating, we sat down with a few students to find out what they’ve learned and what advice they want to give to other students.
Meet Antarrious Neal, who is graduating from the Executive MBA program, with a Global Business specialization.
Where are you from?
What will you be doing to celebrate your graduation?
I’m going to Disney World!
Who most influenced your decision to pursue business in college?
My wife, Alissa Neal, has always encouraged me to reach for excellence. Earning my Executive MBA is a step in the right direction of excellence. We have many business goals that we plan to reach together.
What was your favorite business course and why?
Managerial and Financial Accounting. Dr Deborah Turner did a phenomenal job explaining the content and how it is applicable to our careers. I know I will use the information provided in the course in my career going forward.
What advice would you give to a first-year MBA student?
Study hard and attend professor open office hours. This provides the ability to ask questions in a smaller environment.
What activities were you involved with on or off campus, and did your business education impact those activities in any way?
I was unable to be involved in on campus activities due to me living in Columbus which is an hour and a half away. I made sure to interact with my professors and classmates on weekends when I attended classes. We would network before and after class to build a great comradery, which I know will continue after graduation.
Where will you be working after graduation?
Boston Scientific’s neuromodulation division.
What are the top two items on your professional bucket list?
I would like to become a general manager, leading sales and/or marketing for my organization.
What was a moment when you had to practice persistence and/or resilience while in the MBA program?
I had to practice persistence and resilience during my capstone project. This was an exciting but challenging time for me and my group. We had to manage family commitments, our daytime careers, school, and meetings with our client to provide the best solution for them.
What is the biggest lesson you gained from your Scheller MBA?
Collaboration is critical. I was able to leverage my experience, plus the diverse experience of my peers, to meet our goals.
What is a fun fact about yourself?
As an undergrad, I played football for Auburn University where we beat Alabama in the Iron Bowl all four years. That probably won’t happen again, lol.