Hanna Bocklet

Master’s in Marketing  ’19

HometownCross River, NY

Hobbies: Playing/watching sports (I played for the women’s lacrosse team at DU when I was an undergrad and was captain my senior year), spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, going to concerts, and traveling.

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

Be proactive in learning about all of the available resources and opportunities Daniels has to offer. There is so much that students can benefit from, and it’s important to know how to find out about these opportunities early.

What advice do you have for prospective students?

Buy in to your program 100%. It’s easy to coast through grad school and get good grades, but that’s not all that matters in the long run. It’s about creating relationships with your peers, professors, and using your resources to your advantage to learn and fine tune as many critical skills as you can. You’re only in grad school a short amount of time, and Daniels offers everything you need to help you be successful and more. Take risks, don’t be afraid to be different and take advantage of this time!

What is your favorite thing about living in Denver?

It’s hard to choose one favorite thing about living in this amazing city, but a few of my favorite aspects are thcountless activities (sports, the best skiing, hiking, concerts, etc.), the beautiful mountains, and the fact that many of my cousins now live in Denver, so my family is close by.

What were you looking for in a business school?

I was primarily looking for a business school that would give me real-life experience and challenge me while also providing an excellent education. I wanted to pursue a business degree because I found my passion for marketing and working with people later in my undergraduate career, and was only able to obtain a minor in marketing at the time. I knew there was so much more to learn, more people to meet and skills to develop, and business school would be the place to fulfill these goals.

Is there a particular professor or class at Daniels that really stands out?  

Although she is no longer a professor at DU, Sandra Young, or “Sandy,” is definitely a professor that has had a great impact on me as a student and my educational/career decisionsI am a “Serial Sandy,” and every class I have taken with her has been nothing short of incredible. Although her classes helped me gain knowledge about all the different opportunities that marketing offers, Sandy herself exudes everything it means to be an excellent marketer. She is passionate and truly happy with her work, loves helping others and uses her personality to her advantage in any situation. She has inspired me to do the same, and ultimately further my education in marketing. Thanks, Sandy!

Tell us about the Daniels classroom experience.

The setting is very comfortable. Class sizes are small (roughly 25-30 people), the professors are friendly, approachable and encouraging while also challenging, and your classmates are your friends, making it easy to express yourself in a classroom setting.

How have you evolved as a leader during your time at Daniels?

I’ve learned to be more confident in expressing myself in a variety of situations and adapting my leadership skills based on my audience. The past four years, I was used to one type of “team” environment, and Daniels has taught me how to adapt my strengths as a leader to create cohesiveness with whomever I work with.

How has Daniels prepared you to be market-ready?

Daniels heavily emphasizes making yourself marketable by being different from everybody else and driving your own success. Daniels has provided me with the skill set and confidence I need to make myself stand out, and now it’s my job to use these skills and resources to my advantage.