Stefanie Fujinami | Pepperdine University | Graziadio Business School

Stefanie Fujinami

Part-Time MBA

Stefanie Fujinami


At Pepperdine, we have a low student-faculty ratio. How did your class sizes influence your experience?

Small classes are wonderful. Professors know students by name and lectures can be tailored to students’ interests. Most lectures are held as discussions and questions/comments are welcome throughout the lecture. Through class discussions, students are able to learn from each other’s perspectives and experiences, which is invaluable.

How did your coursework influence your experience inside and outside the classroom?

"Get it right first or go big fast." We applied this to different cases discussed in class, analyzing what next step the company should take and what they should do “Monday morning”. In applying this concept at work, processes can either be thought through to get it right, or a risk can be taken and the process can be implemented now. Timeline, learning curve, culture, and expectations should all be weighed to come up with the best strategy for the specific process change at hand.

 "Small classes are wonderful. Professors know students by name and lectures can be tailored to students’ interests."

 

 

How did the E2B experience impact your education?

The E2B experience is where academics become reality. Concepts are applied directly to a real company. My class consulted for an innovative data analytics company, and the whole E2B project was a positive experience. The General Manager of Data & Analytics and Director of Product Management from the company were encouraging, respectful, responsive, and a pleasure to work with. The E2B reinforces that the academics we are learning is directly applicable to business.

Can you describe how you maintained a work life balance?

Graduate school adds an extra challenge in managing a work-life balance. My priorities shifted when I started the MBA program and the key for me has been to lean on my classmates. They understand the difficulty of balancing work, school, extra-curricular activities, and family and friends. I have made friendships that will last a lifetime. Taking a little time for fun is important and as difficult as it may be to squeeze in an hour here or there, my advice is to take time for you. Getting my mind off of school for a bit rejuvenates me and I am able to focus better.