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Real Humans of Emory Goizueta’s MBA Class of 2020

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Tyrone Sampson, Goizueta MBA Class of 2020

Tyrone Sampson, Goizueta MBA Class of 2020

Age: 29
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Undergraduate Institution and Major
: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill & B.S.B.A.
Pre-MBA Work Experience (years, industry):
~6 years

Why business school? Why now?
I am at a pivotal point in my career progression where enhancing my leadership and technical skills will improve my ability to lead, motivate, and achieve my career goals.

Why Goizueta? What factors figured most prominently into your decision of where to attend?
One word sums up “why Goizueta?” for me – Community. The sense of community at Goizueta is unrivaled and permeated through the program office, students, and alumni as I focused my list of MBA programs. My primary factors were sense of community and pride, quality of professors, student leadership opportunities, and learning practical skills.

What do you think is your most valuable or differentiating contribution to the Class of 2020?
My drive to achieve and improve the lives of those around me. I want to create win-win scenarios for myself and classmates to get the most out of our MBA program and to achieve our personal and professional goals.

Fun fact that didn’t get included on your application?
I have a twin sister by the name of Casey Sampson who currently lives in Vietnam, where she teaches English to elementary and middle school-aged children.

Post-MBA career interests?
I am interested in working within the Finance industry post-MBA, specifically, within Investment Management or Private Equity.

Advice to current prospective applicants:
–One thing you would absolutely do again as part of your application process?
Visit the campus! It is one thing to read the information on the website, but another to experience it in-person. Emory is unlike any other top 20 University that I visited during my MBA application process.

–One thing you would change or do differently?
Reach out to a professor who teaches a class you are interested in to see if you can obtain a copy of a syllabus or ask a few questions about the class to gauge the level of engagement professors have with students.

–Part you would have skipped if you could—and what helped you get through it?
I would have skipped eating lunch at the Highland Bakery in Goizueta’s building. Now, I am hooked! My classmates have helped me get through it by holding me accountable to my personal MBA budget.

What is your initial impression of Goizueta’s students/culture/community?
The friendly, southern hospitality filled environment I read about and experienced during my visit is real on a day-to-day basis.

One thing you have learned about Goizueta that has surprised you?
You really do have the opportunity to get to know most of your classmates within the first few months through social events, class, and spending time around the business school.

Thing you are most anxious about in your first year?
First semester core classes!

Thing you are most excited about in your first year?
Interacting and bonding with my classmates and others with similar interests.

Clear Admit Resources
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Jonathan Pfeffer
Jonathan Pfeffer joined the Clear Admit and MetroMBA teams in 2015 after spending several years as an arts/culture writer, editor, and radio producer. In addition to his role as Contributing Writer at MetroMBA and Contributing Editor at Clear Admit, he was also a co-founder of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast. He holds a BA in Film/Video, Ethnomusicology, and Media Studies from Oberlin College.