Josh Tracy

Master’s in Management ’18

Hometown: Castle Rock, CO

Pre-Daniels Experience: I’m a veteran of the United States Army and I attended the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.

Post-Daniels Experience: Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch

Hobbies: Rock climbing, mountaineering, skiing and baseball

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What advice do you have for prospective students?

DU is a great school, and the alumni network is really where you get the most ROI. People who went to DU are more than willing to help other alums in so many ways. Whether it’s grabbing a coffee for an informational meeting or setting up an actual interview, utilizing that network really pays off.

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

Don’t forget to have fun and make time to see your friends and family. I would often think about the amount of work I had to do for a class and it would stress me out, but there’s always time to get everything done. Graduation is important, but your friends and family are much more important. Also, start looking for a job when you start a grad program. Being a student opens so many doors and allows you to see organizations for what they really are. Once you graduate, that all goes away!

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

My favorite thing about living in Denver is the fact that the mountains are only an hour away. Any time I need to get away or disconnect for a little bit, I don’t have to go very far from Denver. I also love going to Colorado Rockies baseball games or checking out a new place to grab food.

What were you looking for in a business school?

I wanted to change career paths, but switching from government to the private sector is not an easy transition. Business schools like Daniels make this transition more seamless and also enable veterans to learn the necessary skills that make them marketable.

Why did you choose Daniels for your graduate degree?

I chose Daniels because I am already a DU alum and I know the quality of the education. I also chose Daniels because of how they treat veterans. The school’s commitment to educating veterans with little extra cost is amazing and I didn’t find that at other universities.

How did you get to know your classmates?

The Master’s in Management cohort is small, so it’s hard not to know everyone when you spend 2-4 hours every day with them. You become very close after spending time working on projects and assignments. By the end, some of my classmates have become lifelong friends.

Were you involved in any clubs or student groups during your time at Daniels?

I participated in Net Impact and the Outdoor Industry club. As a passionate outdoorsman and business student, marrying the two topics seemed like a no brainer. Net Impact provides consulting projects where students work with a company and solve real industry issues. The Outdoor Industry club brought in guest speakers to discuss how to lead in a growing industry.

How do you manage work-life balance while taking classes?

I like to think of it as more a work-life integration. You can get it all done – you just have to devote some time during these outings to getting schoolwork done.

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

The South by Southwest (SXSW) class with Professor Michael Myers was one of the coolest classes I have ever taken. It was a lot of work going to sessions and writing a lot about each one, but in the end, it was so worth it. Going to Austin, Texas, for the SXSW Conference will stand out as my favorite class at Daniels.

Want to know more about Josh?

Check out this video where Josh and other Master’s in Management students share their experiences about the program.