Danielle Berman (Full-Time MBA 2012)

Why did you decide getting an MBA was the right choice for you?

I really wanted a broader knowledge about the business world and I wanted a stronger foundation. As an undergraduate I was a liberal arts major, so business was something new to me. I have really enjoyed the program so far. It is intellectually rigorous – I'm learning a lot. It has opened my mind to new things.

Why did you choose to attend the Rady School?

The top-notch professors attracted me to the Rady School and the focus on entrepreneurship. At the Rady School, the professors are excellent and can definitely compete with the best schools. I also chose Rady because of its affiliation with UC San Diego.

What do you feel makes the Rady School unique?

One thing that differentiates the Rady School is the focus on new technologies and emerging industries. Also, it's a very close-knit community. There's a lot of collaboration between students, administration, faculty and alumni.

How do you feel a Rady MBA will enhance your career?

The Rady School provides a lot of networking opportunities. The school has great ties to the business community in San Diego, all throughout California and nationally. Every night there's another lecture, networking event, or something to go to. You always have something at your disposal to attend, a new way to meet new people and put yourself out there. Also, as compared to other schools where you have a couple of careers people and a class of 400 students, at Rady you have a lot more attention from the careers department.

Why should prospective students consider the Rady School?

I would recommend prospective students come to visit the school and get a feel for what the school is about. Everyone is very open to talking about their experience. I want them to know that you are really going to get an amazing education here. You're going to make a lot of connections with people, not only in the San Diego area, but also in the industry you want to work in.

Anything else you'd like to share about your experience at Rady?

I'm on the Rady Student Board and a big focus of mine is working with the alumni. I'm planning an event that connects current Rady students and alumni. I've gotten a lot of satisfaction working with the alumni. They are so enthusiastic about working with students. You are a student for two years, but you're an alumnus for life. It's a really positive part of the Rady School that the alumni are connected and reaching out to students.