Real Humans of Dartmouth Tuck’s MBA Class of 2021
Shervin Stoney, Tuck’s MBA Class of 2021
Hometown: White Plains, NY
Undergraduate Institution and Major: University at Buffalo, Comparative Politics
Pre-MBA Work Experience (years, industry): 4 years, International Development (Peace Corps) and 4 years, Tech (Google and Facebook)
Why business school? Why now?
First, my educational background outside of business meant that I didn’t have the deep business acumen for the type of career growth I expect for myself. Second, my experience was limited to international development and tech; I want to grow my network and knowledge outside of these areas.
Why Tuck? What factors figured most prominently into your decision of where to attend?
For me, it was essential to be at a school with an active community and people who share the same values as me. From my first interactions with students and alumni, I knew there was something special about Tuck. At Tuck, individuals self-select into a community that values intellectual curiosity and kindness.
What do you think is your most valuable or differentiating contribution to the Class of 2021?
I am a healthy disruptor; I challenge the status quo to make the environment around me better.
Fun fact that didn’t get included on your application?
I coached two national championship track and field teams while doing my Peace Corps service on the island of Dominica.
Post-MBA career interests?
I am interested in going back into the tech industry.
Advice to current prospective applicants:
–One thing you would absolutely do again as part of your application process?
It’s imperative to visit each school and talk to students, staff, and faculty. I learned the most being present on campus.
–One thing you would change or do differently?
I would have applied to fewer schools and focused more on the schools that I was most interested in, like Tuck.
–Part you would have skipped if you could—and what helped you get through it?
There isn’t a particular part I would have skipped or remove, but I would have started working on my essays earlier. Having individuals in my corner who understood my story allowed me to receive feedback during the writing process.
What is your initial impression of Tuck’s students/culture/community?
On my first visit to Tuck, I immediately felt at home. There is warmth to the environment that I had not experienced before on campus. In particular, the staff and faculty demonstrated that they cared deeply about our experience as students.
One thing you have learned about Tuck that has surprised you?
The level of academic rigor is something that surprised me. I expected it to be tough, but the classes are also engaging. I am particularly impressed with the new structure of the core classes. New analytics courses allows us to gain practical skills early on so that we can use them in our internship interview processes.
Thing you are most anxious about in your first year?
I was most anxious about adjusting to a new environment. It can be scary to be in a new place with all new people. So far, the Tuck community has been incredible. Everyone is friendly and looks out for each other.
Thing you are most excited about in your first year?
I am most excited for ice hockey! A majority of Tuck students play. It’s a true Tuck tradition.