Student Profile: Sara Richardson (Full-Time ’12)

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

I have a background in bioengineering, but I wasn’t interested in the engineering part. However I like working with engineers and believe in bioengineering community. I wanted to get an MBA from the Rady School because I knew that I would have access to connections in the biotech industry and I could go to networking events and meet the people I really wanted to meet. The school’s connections really make a difference. I also knew my classmates would have similar interests to my own.

Why did you choose to attend the Rady School?

What’s nice about the Rady School is that it is established enough that the system works well, but we’re still young and flexible. If you don’t like something you can change it. You’re not just one of 500 students who follow along with what’s been done for decades. It’s reflected in the student culture. Students have the ability to make changes if they want. For example, if there’s a class that you want to take that isn’t offered here, they will work with you to analyze student interest and recruit someone to teach the class.

Why should prospective students consider the Rady School?

Rady is a place for people who want to make a difference. At Rady, you’re going to have 60 classmates you are going to know really well. The mix of students helps make it a richer education.

What do you feel makes the Rady School unique?

We don’t get the kind of people here at the Rady School who are just going through the ropes of a two-year program because that’s what they have to do to get their degree. Rady has a culture of people who are really here to learn and build their network.