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New Full-Time MBA Class Shows Dedication to Service

By Kristin Rubisch


Erin Monahan in Honduras.

Outstanding service is the name of the game for many of Kogod's notable new full-time MBA students.

This year's incoming graduate class features students from 20 countries, seven of which are represented in the full-time MBA program.

Director of Admissions Shannon Demko expects great things from the incoming class, citing their many accomplishments prior to coming to Kogod.

"The incoming MBAs reflect a truly diverse group," she said. "We have a solid group of international students and exceptional students from the U.S. who all share a sense of service and dedication."

Lina Rojas—from Bogota, Colombia—wants to be a consultant for emerging markets, and believes the MBA program at Kogod will allow her to better serve this cause.

"The geographical location to some of the most influential and powerful organizations in the world offers added possibilities for me to expand professional relationships," she said.

Erin Monahan is one of three Peace Corps 'alums' in the new class. Monahan, originally from the suburbs of Chicago, served her two-year stint in Honduras. While there, she predominantly worked with municipality staff and community groups and local non-profits to address quality-of-life issues.

After her experience, she realized that she needed to build strong relationships with those around her to achieve success. She hopes to make use of this lesson the while at Kogod as she strives to learn how to implement "the great potential of private sector funding to improve social sector issues."

The newest class also features two Marines—one active, one retired.

New Yorker Brendan Shanley currently serves as a reserve infantry battalion logistics officer, and was on active duty from 2005-2009. After entering reserve duty, Shanley sought to advance his education initially by considering law school. A brief experience at a legal firm proved it wasn't the right path for him, and he became interested in finance.

"I enjoyed meeting with the staff here at American. I received a personal phone call from the admissions department congratulating me on my acceptance. The other business schools I got into just sent me a tuition bill. I decided this was the best place for me to be," he said.

Kogod's full-time MBA is 54 credit hours—36 credit hours of core curriculum and 18 credit hours of electives—and can be completed in two years.