In this episode of The Intersection Podcast, host and MBA student Analisa Wade sits down with Chilean couple Diego Miranda and Fernanda Canessa, the first international couple to join the Full-time MBA program since COVID-19. The pair recently married in Chile and embarked on a journey to the U.S. to further their education.
Fernanda, with a keen interest in supply chain management, always dreamed of attaining a master’s degree. Diego, having experienced studying abroad in the States, was eager to return. The timing seemed perfect for them, especially after their recent marriage. Fernanda shared, “We were just married, and it felt like the right moment to embrace this major change.”
They discuss the perks and challenges of tackling their degrees side by side. Now halfway through their second semester, they're navigating varied schedules, hunting for summer internships, and carving out moments for quality time together, including celebrating this Valentine’s Day. One highlight of their Scheller MBA journey is the flexibility it offers. As Fernanda puts it, “We can choose different classes, GRA positions, and clubs to tailor our experience to our liking.”
Moreover, they've forged valuable connections and friendships within the Scheller community. They credit much of their success as a couple to the supportive environment at Scheller, where classmates and cohorts rally around each other daily. “All of the classmates and cohort are all really supportive and make our experience in the program easier every single day.”
Overall, they are excited to continue the program together and hope to land an internship in the same city this summer. Through all the ups and downs that come with being students again, they both agree that the program is great for couples, “It’s been a great opportunity. We are closer than ever since we are relying on each other a lot. It’s scary, but just go for it.”
Tune in as they share the highlights, challenges, and excitement of navigating the Full-time MBA program together.