student experience

MBA@UNC Graduate: Ana-Laura Diaz

Ana-Laura Diaz did not feel fully equipped for management when she was offered a new position as a supervising attorney at a new law firm. She considered getting an MBA to pick up what she lacked in business know-how, but had no intention of quitting her job as a practicing bankruptcy attorney near Fort Lauderdale to do so.

MBA@UNC Graduate: Jay Thomas

“I work for Bank of America Merrill Lynch,” says Jay Thomas of Charlotte, N.C. “I do securities research on the wealth management side. I basically advise those who give advice to our clients. I’ve been with it for about 16 years.”

MBA@UNC Graduate: Fiona McFarland

"If I had asked the people at UNC to design an MBA program just for me," says Fiona McFarland, "they couldn’t have done a better job".

MBA@UNC Graduate: Russ Pool

Change has always been in Russ Pool’s DNA. A helicopter pilot in the U.S. Marine Corps for 18 years and the son of a former military officer, he has spent a good part of his life changing environments, meeting new people and living in different parts of the world.

MBA@UNC Graduate: Carlo Pedrazzini

When Carlo Pedrazzini started researching MBA programs, he left no stone unturned.

“I did a lot of research,” he says. “If I was going to invest the time, I wanted to make the most of it.”

Making Time To Give Back

Being in an MBA program from a top-ranked school while pursuing a career adds complexity to your life — there is no getting around that. Time management becomes more important than ever, and maintaining balance while you juggle schoolwork, your career and your personal life becomes more challenging.