Ali Filbert

Denver MBA (full-time) ‘ 18

Hometown: Cheshire, CT

Hobbies: Travel, sports, and skiing/snowboarding

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If you could tell your past-self one thing before you started grad school, what would it be?

I would tell myself to take more chances in a subject that you aren’t familiar with. Looking back now, I wish I took more finance classes. Finance is not my strong subject, but I wish I studied it more and could then leave the MBA program with a finance concentration.

What has surprised you the most about business school?

The biggest surprise about business school was the bonds I formed with my classmates. My original assumption that we would all be competitive and want to outdo the other person was wrong. The “competition” was friendly, but all my classmates were willing to help me out no matter what. The entire class formed a bond that will last us a long time. Another thing that surprised me was the availability of the professors. Being able to talk with my teachers one-on-one almost immediately was a good surprise.

What are some of your favorite things to do in or around Denver?

My favorite thing about living in Denver is getting to see the mountains every day. I have never been in a land-locked state before, but seeing some amazing sunsets over the mountains has been worth it. I also ski and snowboard, so finally getting to ski in the Rockies was amazing.

Why did you choose Daniels for your graduate degree?

I chose Daniels because of the personal growth the Denver MBA program was going to provide. That was the first thing that caught my attention because I knew that growing personally and professionally would make all the difference. In addition, the personalized attention that I got from the admissions staff was a game changer. I went to a large undergrad university where I felt like just a number and not a person. Everyone at Daniels was really welcoming and helpful.

What were you looking for in a business school?

I felt like I was getting stuck in my current career. I was no longer an entry level employee, however, I was not getting jobs at the management level. I wanted to come back and get my MBA to learn new skills and improve upon the ones I had.

If you did a global trip with Daniels, tell us the most memorable part of that experience.

I had the amazing opportunity to go to Africa through the Denver MBA Global Challenge. This was my first overseas trip and I honestly, can’t pick just one memorable part. Everything about this trip was extraordinary. Some of the highlights were the business meetings we had in the capital of Uganda, speaking with local villagers around Lake Bunyonyi, taking so many pictures, and just being able to explore and travel to different places. I also got to see my first wild elephant. Elephants are one of my favorite animals, so to be able to see them in their natural habitat was a feeling I can’t even describe. I believe I shed a tear seeing my first one. It felt like Christmas morning.