Karina Rush

Master’s in Real Estate and the Built Environment ’19

HometownOklahoma City, OK

Pre-Daniels Experience: After graduating in 2015 from the University of Oregon, I spent two years working as a Real Estate Analyst in Kansas City for NPC International. I managed 1,600 locations, and provided market research, site selection, financial analysis, and contract negotiation for 84 relocated assets.

Hobbies: In my free time, I enjoy exploring Colorado’s beautiful outdoors, trying out new recipes and reading a good book.

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What advice do you have for prospective students?

Take advantage of DU’s expansive alumni network. The enthusiasm of alumni to meet with current students is a unique and valuable aspect of the school. 

Are you involved in any clubs or student groups?

I am on the board of the Real Estate and Construction Management (RECM) Club. We host networking events and invite speakers to the school. Getting involved in a student club is a great opportunity to reach out to professionals in the industry you may not have been able to speak to otherwise!

What is your favorite thing about living in Denver? 

I always remember just how lucky I am to live here when I see the sun set behind the mountains. Getting to spend my weekends outdoors has made working hard in the library on the weekdays incredibly worth it. When I’m not hiking or studying, I like to explore the different neighborhoods around Denver. 

What were you looking for in a business school?

While my undergraduate degree was in finance and my previous experience was in real estate, I felt that there were still gaps in my understanding of the industry as a whole. What is so unique about the Daniels’ Real Estate & the Built Environment program, is its education across real estate finance, development and construction.

Why did you choose Daniels for your graduate degree?

I chose Daniels because of its commitment to ethics and innovation. I wanted a community where I could both further my knowledge in business and real estate fundamentals, as well as explore my passion for sustainability.

What is it about the Daniels experience really stands out for you?

Coming from a larger school for my undergraduate degree, I had no idea what to expect from a school like the University of Denver. Within a couple weeks of starting at Daniels, many of the faculty and staff of the Real Estate program knew me by name and made me feel welcomed. Since then, they have continued to support me by connecting me with professionals they know in the industry and discussing my career goals with me outside of the classroom.

How did you get to know your classmates?

The best way I’ve been able to get to know fellow students in my program is to hang out in the Burns School of Real Estate studio. There are always lively discussions between students and professors.

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

The education you receive in the classroom is great, but the opportunities Daniels provides to take initiative and to be accountable for your own career success is invaluable. There are so many ways to get involved or connect with professionals in your industry. During my time at Daniels, I have pushed myself to say “yes” to every opportunity that presents itself. I’ve learned that being the person that consistently and enthusiastically shows up can get you farther than you realize.