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Real Humans of the Dartmouth Tuck MBA Class of 2023

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Liza Green, Dartmouth Tuck MBA Class of 2023

Age: 28
Hometown: Providence, Rhode Island
Undergraduate Institution and Major: Brown University, B.A. History of Art & Architecture
Pre-MBA Work Experience (years, industry): 2.5 years, investment banking; 4.5 years, brand partnerships/marketing  

Why did you make the decision to attend business school? Why now?
I’ve always imagined that my job would involve creating something bigger than myself. Candidly, COVID gave me a lot of time to reflect on where I was in my career and what I needed to do to get to this ideal. I realized that if I wanted to be a part of creating something, or create something myself, I needed some additional education that would set me up to do this to my best ability. I felt as though I had hit a pivot in my career where it was either take the leap now while I still could, or potentially miss the opportunity to take the leap at all.

Why did you choose Tuck? What factors figured most prominently into your decision of where to attend?
Community and culture are incredibly important values for me in every aspect of my life. I knew that if I was going to enjoy my business school experience, and thrive, I would need to be at a place where I felt welcomed and at home. Tuck is an incredible academic institution, and it is also incredibly inviting, collaborative, and kind. These attributes were the main reason I knew from the start that Tuck was the only school I really saw myself at.

What do you think is your most valuable or differentiating contribution to the Class of 2023?
I come to Tuck with a very diverse work experience, and I didn’t quite realize how unique it really was until I arrived at Tuck. I’ve experienced both a big firm and a smaller startup, working in finance and working in brand partnerships/marketing, and even living in three cities over five years. These different experiences have really given me a unique lens on the world around me.

Tell us a fun fact that didn’t get included on your application:
My sister and I started a sourdough bread and granola delivery pop-up during COVID from our parent’s kitchen in Providence.

Post-MBA career interests:
Early-stage startup in the food and/or wellness industry 

Advice for Current Prospective Applicants:
–What is one thing you would absolutely do again as part of your application process?
Apply only to the schools I could truly see myself at and not waste time trying to apply to as many as I could. Choose the school where you think you will thrive, not the school with the best brand.

–What is one thing you would change or do differently?
I definitely wish I had decided to study for the GMAT sooner.

–What is one part you would have skipped if you could—and what helped you get through it?
Second guessing myself! If you want it and you put in the work, everything will work out how it is supposed to (even if it isn’t how you imagined).

What is your initial impression of Dartmouth Tuck’s students/culture/community?
Every single thing I was told about the Tuck culture and community is true. The community is welcoming and supportive. The students are kind and are always willing to help each other. There is a mentality of no one left behind that really weaves into every aspect of the school.

What is one thing you have learned about Tuck that has surprised you?
There are more awesome activities to do in the Upper Valley than you realize! 

Has the COVID-19 pandemic affected your personal application or admissions process in any way? If so, how?
If COVID had not happened, I would not have had the time to slow down and really think about what I wanted out of my career and life. COVID also gave me the flexibility to study and work on my applications while still working. I would not have had the time in a non-COVID world.

What is one thing you are most anxious about in your first year?
Missing out on anything!

What is one thing you are most excited about in your first year?
After COVID, I am so excited to be having fun with such an awesome group of people and feeling intellectually challenged in a way I have not felt in a very long time.

Lauren Wakal
Lauren Wakal has been covering the MBA admissions space for more than a decade, from in-depth business school profiles to weekly breaking news and more.