Real Humans of UNC Kenan-Flagler’s MBA Class of 2021
Megan Ramage, UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA Class of 2021
Hometown: Westfield, NJ
Undergraduate Institution and Major: Gettysburg College, B.A. English with Writing Concentration
Pre-MBA Work Experience (years, industry): 5 years in Advertising/Marketing
Why business school? Why now?
My first account at Wavemaker (a media agency in NYC) allowed me the opportunity to work closely with brand managers at a Consumer-Packaged Goods (CPG) company as my clients. I enjoyed the more holistic side of the business that brand managers operate in on a day-to-day basis. In order to transition my career on to the brand side, I decided to go to business school to round out my skill set.
Why UNC Kenan-Flagler? What factors figured most prominently into your decision of where to attend?
My decision was based on the culture, UNC Kenan-Flagler’s top 20 ranking, the school’s great location, and the ability to customize my MBA experience to my interests. Besides marketing, I’m pursuing a concentration in sustainable enterprise.
What do you think is your most valuable or differentiating contribution to the Class of 2021?
I’m entering my MBA with a background in the advertising industry, where I had a hands-on experience with accounts ranging from investment accounts to pregnancy tests. I think this gives me a unique and creative perspective, where I am used to approaching problems differently than some of my classmates who come from more quantitative backgrounds.
Fun fact that didn’t get included on your application?
I was certified as a Marine Mammal Medic while working on an internship in South Africa right after undergrad!
Post-MBA career interests?
I would like to transition into a brand management role with a company in the CPG or food and beverage industry.
Advice to current prospective applicants:
–One thing you would absolutely do again as part of your application process?
Kenan-Flagler allowed me to do a virtual interview. This was a huge benefit for me since I didn’t have to take time off during our busy planning season at work.
–One thing you would change or do differently?
When I first visited campus, I went on my own since my husband’s schedule didn’t line up with my trip to North Carolina. If you’re planning on moving with a spouse/significant other, it’s important for them to be involved in the process early on, to make sure it’s a good fit for both of you. Fortunately, my husband loves the Chapel Hill area and found a job here before classes even started!
–Part you would have skipped if you could—and what helped you get through it?
I approached my supervisors at work to write my recommendation letters last May, to make sure they were fully prepped and prepared way in advance of deadlines. While they were fully supportive of my decision to take this next step in my career, I would have skipped the months of public uncertainty about my future with the team. Once I announced my UNC acceptance and decision, we were able to put a plan in place for a transition, and it went smoothly from there.
What is your initial impression of UNC Kenan-Flagler’s students/culture/community?
My first impression of UNC Kenan-Flagler was hearing about how collaborative and supportive the MBA community is here. Current students were always happy to chat with me and answer questions when I reached out during my school research process. After I arrived here, the second-years have been more than willing to help out with the adjustment period and getting up to speed with classes and the recruiting process.
One thing you have learned about UNC Kenan-Flagler that has surprised you?
UNC Kenan-Flagler is one of the most popular study abroad destinations in the US for MBA exchange students! I was surprised to learn that we have 46 exchange students in the program this fall.
Thing you are most anxious about in your first year?
It’s easy to get hyper-focused on academics. I want to make sure I’m balancing my time for school commitments and opportunities with my personal life and family, as well.
Thing you are most excited about in your first year?
I’m excited to join career clubs and get advice from second-year students who spent the summer interning in brand management.