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 Amber Arthur, who is graduating from the Evening MBA program with a concentration in Business Analytics.
Where are you from?
Powder Springs, Georgia
What will you be doing to celebrate your graduation?
Having a small celebration with my family and friends.
Who most influenced your decision to pursue business in college?
My mother most influenced my decision to pursue business in college, because she studied accounting and went on to get her MBA. I saw her passion, and it inspired me to want to do the same.
What was your favorite business course and why?
Leading Teams was my favorite business course because while we take several technical courses, this class reminded me how important soft skills are to be a great leader in the business world. The class material was relatable and practical to the point where I could practice what I learned in my day-to-day role.
What advice would you give to a first-year MBA student?
Be patient with yourself. It can take a little time to get back in the swing of studying, so give yourself grace as you figure out what works best for you and your schedule/life.
What activities were you involved with on or off campus, and did your business education impact those activities in any way?
With the majority of my MBA program being during the Covid-19 pandemic, I joined some on-campus clubs and would get involved when I could. Outside of work, I am a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and my business education has encouraged me to explore leadership roles within the organization.
Where will you be working after graduation?
Honeywell, as a finance manager.
What was a moment when you had to practice persistence and/or resilience while in the MBA program?
During the last two semesters of my MBA program, I bought my first home and moved to a new state. This pushed me to my limits between traveling back and forth, looking for a home, and studying for exams all at the same time. It showed me what I was truly capable of!
What is the biggest lesson you gained from your Scheller MBA?
Talk to your classmates! While we’re all busy, it can be easy to go to class and go home. But talking to your classmates can legit change your life. I made lifelong friends that led me to learning more and ultimately joining the current company I work for.
What is a fun fact about yourself?
One fun fact about myself is that I am very terrified of birds getting close to me after almost being attacked by one at Disney World when I was a child.