Julie Barefoot of Emory’s Goizueta Business School is a self-professed foodie who loves to cook and especially enjoys trying out new recipes. She can also make the fun claim of having admitted someone who today leads MBA admissions at another top-tier business school. Darden’s Sara Neher, who kicked off our Real Humans of MBA Admissions series last month, is a Goizueta grad whose candidacy Barefoot was in charge of evaluating. “We often laugh about how I admitted her and now we’re ‘competitors,’” Barefoot says.
Read on to learn some more fun facts about Goizueta’s associate dean of admissions. Our thanks to Barefoot for making the time to get personal!
Coffee or tea? Coffee in the morning but iced tea the rest of the day
Beach or mountains? I love both, but if I have to choose one, I think mountains.
Morning person or night owl? I used to be a night owl, but now I’m a morning person. Grad school changed me.
Pet peeve? People who are condescending and unkind
Guilty pleasure? Ice cream
Favorite virtue in others? Thoughtfulness
Worst habit? I have several. I often try to cram too much in a day, so I tend to run a few minutes late. It’s something I’m working on.
Happy place? My home, being with my family. I love my house—it’s over 100 years old.
Comfort food? Chicken pot pie
Go-to cocktail? Margarita, on the rocks with salt
Proudest moment? Here’s a recent one: I realize I have two gainfully employed children, and they are really nice people.
Biggest regret? I try not to have regrets, but if I have to say something, I guess it would be that I don’t have an active exercise plan. I always have a goal and it always falls by the wayside with other things I like to do.
One thing you would change about how you were raised? I wish I had opportunities to travel abroad when I was younger. Not many people really did it back then.
Superpower you wish you had? I wish I could cure illnesses.
Favorite fictional hero/heroine? Atticus Finch