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. In celebration of Spring 2023 Commencement, we sat down with a few students to learn about their experiences and the wisdom they've gained in the process.
Meet Stacy Feeling, who is graduating from the Full-time MBA program.
Where are you from?
Shaker Heights, OH
Describe yourself in 15 words or less:
Determined leader, committed to collaboration, and driven by creative problem solving
Where was the last place you worked before enrolling at Scheller?
I worked at Bosch Rexroth as a project engineer.
What achievement are you most proud of in your professional career?
I was a contributor to many DEI events at my first job. I served in leadership in the African American and Early Career Employee Resource Groups and worked to increase participation among both the union and non-union workforce.
Why did you choose Scheller?
Career services was a key part. I knew I wanted to make a career pivot and wanted guidance and support in doing so. Before the fall semester began, we had assignments to revamp our resumes and cover letters and to prepare for the internship search, which was incredibly helpful in preparing to start the program. I felt very prepared to enter recruitment season and ended up in a full-time role that I’m very excited about.
What is one thing you did during the application process that gave you an edge when applying at Scheller?
I took my time to answer my essays and application questions to showcase my skillset and what I could bring to the program. I researched the programs I was interested in and tried to show not only who I was, but how I could fit into their program.
What community work and leadership roles did you take on at Scheller?
I served as the vice president of events for Blacks in Business and as the vice president of the Technology club. I was also a member of the Women in Business, Pride, Entrepreneurship, and Net Impact clubs.
Which academic or extracurricular achievement are you most proud of from your time at Scheller?
I am proud of receiving a full time offer from my summer internship. I was working in a completely new field and learned so much over the summer, and I was proud that my efforts were recognized by the rest of the organization through my final presentation.
Who was your favorite MBA professor?
Professor Yu “Jeffrey” Hu. He taught MGT 6213 - Business Analytics for Managers. I honestly believe that everyone in that class had the best experience due to Professor Hu’s methodical approach to analytics. I came away with a clear understanding of theory and application of a wide range of topics that I directly applied the next semester in my data analytics practicum. He made sure that every question was answered and that we could all speak intelligently on the work we completed over the semester. There’s a reason why we voted him best professor last year!
What was your favorite course as an MBA?
Service Operations. This was a great practical example of how to adapt to change in business. We used real world examples to discover what was important when building and leading a service-based operation in comparison to a product based one. Professor Manpreet Hora was super engaging and made the course really enjoyable.
What was your favorite Scheller event or tradition?
My favorite MBA events were the Hobby Nights. Started during the pandemic, students sign up to share their hobbies and interests with other members of the class. Not only do we end up learning a new skill, it is also a way to connect more with our classmates in a more causal setting, and leads to longer lasting friendships. It shows how Scheller students strive to have a close-knit cohort and the importance of it.
What is the biggest myth about Georgia Tech Scheller?
I think the biggest myth is that Georgia Tech is an engineering school first. Georgia Tech first got their name for engineering, but Scheller has done a great job of integrating the technology portion with business to create a top program for MBA, undergrad, and Ph.D. students.
What did you love most about Scheller’s location in the heart of mid-town Atlanta?
Atlanta is an amazing city that has something for everyone. Scheller is next to Tech Square where we have contact with many top companies. Atlanta is becoming another tech hub with many companies relocating and placing an office here. Outside of professional life, there is so much to do including watching major sports teams, live music, comedy, and green outdoor space if you go right outside of the city.
Where did you intern during the summer of 2022?
I interned remotely for Fortive, which is based in Everett, Washington.
Where will you be working after graduation?
I will be rejoining Fortive in their General Management Development Program.
Looking back over your MBA experience, what is the one thing you’d do differently and why?
I wish I learned how to say ‘no’ earlier. It is easy to get overwhelmed during the first semester and want to join every club and go to every meeting and event. I wish I could have been pickier with my time initially, so instead of feeling stressed for time, I could have enjoyed my first semester more. I learned what activities I enjoyed and where I wanted to spend my time by second semester and beyond. I prioritized those and had a much smoother and enjoyable time.
What surprised you the most about business school?
I am surprised about how much I’ve learned from my other classmates compared to the classes themselves. I came in eager to read and learn so much from the course materials, but the most learning has happened through discussions outside of the classroom, and I’m so grateful for that.
Which Scheller classmate do you most admire?
Samantha Sutton. She came to Scheller with a clear vision of what she wanted to accomplish in fashion tech, and has used TI:GER and other courses to prepare herself to make this into a reality. She is currently working with a startup in Tech Square and is using her project idea for her TI:GER group. In addition, she is one of the hardest workers I know. I am really excited to see what she accomplishes in the future!
What is a fun fact about yourself?
I was a competitive figure skater in middle and high school.
What are the top two items on your professional bucket list?
I want to help increase the number of diverse candidates in STEM and business roles. I am hoping as I progress through my career, I can be a mentor and help others to get the positions they are looking for in technology firms.
I also want to serve on a non-profit board. I think that giving back to the community you live and work in is so important. I hope to be successful enough in my career to make a name for myself and be able to serve others.