"It was refreshing to see the importance this institution placed on ethics."
How have your studies at Pepperdine made a difference in your career?
Pepperdine provided me with the confidence to follow my dreams and focus on my career path, allowing me to do what I love: work in the music industry! I feel empowered with the many tools I was given throughout my studies, and I have developed and maintained great friendships with both my professors and colleagues. Pepperdine changed my life and showed me that anything is possible, including working full-time and going back to school.
Describe your most rewarding learning experience at Pepperdine.
I enjoyed being a part of a community that challenged each other to be the best they could be. We were a TEAM and shared the same common interests. The challenges were very time-sensitive and inevitably forced us to depend upon each other. This was a hard concept for me at first since I enjoy working on my own. It brought to life real-life experiences that we face every day at work. It was not always easy, but I did walk away with a greater sense of self and solutions to use when faced with difficult tasks.
What were your reasons for choosing Pepperdine?
My reasons in the beginning stemmed from a childhood dream. Ever since I was a little girl, I had always imagined myself attending this university. Then when I arrived, it was an honor to be a part of a college that was Christian-based and instilled ethical values into their curriculum. It was refreshing to see the importance this institution placed on ethics. Lastly, I chose Pepperdine because of the networking community that it offers. The caliber of associates that I have met at the events I found extremely valuable in moving forward toward my goals.
What do you think makes Pepperdine different than other schools?
It was very helpful that Pepperdine was flexible with my business schedule. The professors were supportive of helping reschedule important papers that were due or taking a test early if I had a business trip at the same time. I do not believe other colleges would have been as adaptable to my needs compared to my experience at Pepperdine.
What advice would you give to future students going to business school?
Enjoy the moments. Really soak in the knowledge and take time to balance your busy schedule. The time spent here goes by faster than you think and when it seems impossible, say to yourself, "This is only a season." You will not be in school forever and you WILL get through it. One class at a time.
Who was your favorite professor or class and why?
Dr. Joetta Forsyth was my finance professor at Pepperdine. If only I would have met her 30 years ago! She has an incredible gift in introducing a complex topic and simplifying it. Her passion for the subject was infectious and stirred something within that made me want to take action. Dr. Forsyth is a realist and never sugarcoated the truth. The valuable lessons she passed on I will take with me forever.