Most of us in our professional lives have the opportunity to take on brand new positions in new organizations. This time can be extremely stressful and exciting at the same time. All of the new people, the new office lingo, decorating your office, learning how the copy machine works, where the various facilities are… and so much more.
I recently had the opportunity to relocate to San Diego, California to become the new Director of Graduate Admissions and Recruiting for the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego – an experience that has been very positive and rewarding in my first 90 days on the job.
Since the beginning of my career, I have always been in the education industry. The first four years of my professional life were spent in the classroom as a High School Spanish teacher. The students varied from those that did not want to be there to the more advanced AP students that understood the importance of education. I obtained my MBA in 2004 from Thunderbird School of Global Management and immediately accepted a job within the school which eventually led to me being in charge of student recruitment and admissions for one of the most global business schools on the planet.
Along the way, however, I had the opportunity to visit San Diego multiple times and fell in love with the city and the culture. It became a personal goal to one day relocate to San Diego, live by the beach, and enjoy all that Southern California has to offer. So when I learned of the opportunity to join the Rady School, I naturally jumped.
Now having been here for almost three months, I have an excellent sense of Rady, UCSD, and greater San Diego area as a whole.
What excited me the most in my first few days was the level of camaraderie amongst individuals at the Rady School. Faculty were helping staff, staff were helping students, and students were helping each other – I saw this everywhere I went and knew that I had found the type environment that I had sought. Not all business schools have the amicable environment that I saw fostered here by each individual I met.
After the first few weeks, I began to explore the UCSD campus outside of the Rady School and became impressed by the students’ commitment to academic excellence and to making the world a better place. I quickly learned that UCSD is home to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the Jacobs School of Engineering, and the La Jolla Playhouse – only three of a multitude of interesting campus offerings.
Whether it is the Farmer’s Market every Tuesday by the Price Student Center or the countless skateboarding students speeding through campus – I am constantly intrigued by the diverse opportunities.
For those who have never visited UCSD or the Rady School, I encourage you to do so. I believe you will find – much as I have – a diverse, open community surrounded by some of the world’s greatest intellects and some of the world’s greatest natural beauty at the same time. I am proud to come to work each day knowing that my colleagues and I are part of an organization that is changing the world. Whether it be the discoveries made in the scientific areas of campus or the entrepreneurs being trained within the walls of the Rady School I am blessed to be a part of such an organization.
As the Director of Graduate Admissions, I am charged with admitting and attracting students that will carry forth the reputation of the school. My door is always open for a discussion with prospective students that would like to learn more about the programs at Rady. I look forward to getting to know many generations of innovators and entrepreneurs as they pursue their intellectual passions here with us.