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Real Humans of the Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business Class of 2025

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mendoza college of businessMark Pagel, Mendoza College of Business MBA Class of 2025

Age: 28
Hometown: Rochester, MN
Undergraduate Institution and Major: University of St. Thomas, Finance major
Pre-MBA Work Experience (role, company, years): Investment Analyst, M Health Fairview, 5 years

Why did you make the decision to attend business school? Why now?
I made the decision to attend business school after spending just over five years with a hospital system in Minneapolis. In having some discussions with mentors and finance professionals whom I had gotten to know well and trust, it seemed like this was the point in my life where I could both get the most out of a full-time MBA program as well as use it to further enhance my career in finance going forward.

Why did you choose Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business? What factors figured most prominently into your decision of where to attend?
I chose Notre Dame for a variety of factors. I had a mentor who is an alum who originally suggested I take a look at ND for my MBA. Also, as I looked around at various programs, Notre Dame kept popping up as a place that was punching above its weight relative to some very top-ranked programs. After researching, applying and finally visiting campus, I knew it was the place for for me.

What do you think is your most valuable or differentiating contribution to the Class of 2025?
This is a tough question, as we have an incredibly unique and varied cohort of students. However, I think something that I bring to the table is my ability to connect. I have always been someone who makes fast friends, and I think that could really help bring different people together during our two years at Notre Dame.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself that didn’t get included on your application:
I learned how to ski while I was in college and have fallen in love with it ever since. Every year I get together with my college friends and go on a ski trip somewhere new.

Post-MBA career interests:
I would like to pursue a career in either M&A advisory or sponsor-backed investment banking.

Advice for Current Prospective Applicants:
–What is one thing you would absolutely do again as part of your application process?
I really enjoyed making the four-page PowerPoint presentation. It was the most unique thing I did for grad school applications, and it was a fun alternative way to talk about yourself and your background.

–What is one thing you would change or do differently?
I would start a little bit earlier. My timeline was a bit rushed, so I didn’t get the chance to come to admitted students weekend or participate in any activities prior to our first week on campus. Definitely take advantage of that when applying and making your decision.

What is your initial impression of the Notre Dame Mendoza students/culture/community?
Initially, it’s incredible how close-knit and passionate the community is. It seems like everyone knows everyone, whether that be students or faculty; the whole campus has a real family feel to it. Not just that, but everyone LOVES Notre Dame. Here everyone is Irish to the core.

What is one thing you have learned about Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business that has surprised you?

How much of the faculty has a research focus. Many of the professors are very dedicated outside the classroom as well as inside it. One of my professors started and sold a business and another is an expert witness and has testified before Congress.

What is one thing you are most anxious about in your first year?
I’m most anxious about finding my summer internship and not falling behind on that process.

What is one thing you are most excited about in your first year?
I am super excited to get involved and experience everything campus has to offer. Football games this fall will be incredible!

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