Briana Davenport

Master’s in Management ’18

Hometown: Pueblo, CO

Pre-Daniels Experience: I came straight from undergrad at the University of Denver

Hobbies: Swimming, skiing, hiking and hanging out with my dog

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What advice do you have for prospective students?

Take advantage of all of the opportunities that DU/Daniels provides and leverage your network. Networking is the biggest part of moving into the career world, and the more you utilize the resources and opportunities given to you, the better you will be.

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

Remember what you’re here for and what you’re hoping to gain out of the experience. Grad school is an opportunity that not everyone is given. It’s important to live in the moment and be thankful for the challenges, struggles and near break down moments you’ll have in the library because these moments don’t last forever.

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

My favorite thing about living in Denver is that it’s such a young and thriving city. There’s always something going on, either on campus or downtown. It’s also close to the mountains, which is important to me because I like to be outdoors.

What has surprised you the most about business school?

I was surprised that business school isn’t as “scary” as it comes off to be. I thought I didn’t have what it took to be in business school when I was an undergrad, and I know now that was a complete mistake. Yes, it was challenge, but it was the challenge and learning environment that I needed all along. Business school isn’t all about being the best or how you can “win” – it’s about challenging yourself and using those opportunities to grow.

Is there a particular professor at Daniels who really stands out?

Professor Andrew Schnackenberg’s class on personal development and change really stands out. He challenged us to think about who we are, where we want to go and what really drives us. Without this class, I would have still been lost and not figured out my path.

How has Daniels prepared you to be market-ready?

Students in the Master’s in Management program have a unique opportunity to work with live clients while continuing to learn in the classroom. That hands-on experience with real clients was the best part of the program. We also worked with department-specific career coaches to help us develop a strategic career plan and goals for ourselves.

Want to know more about Briana?

Check out this video where Briana talks about how the Master’s in Management program changed the trajectory of her life and career journey.