By Victor Calderon, MBA’24
My decision to pursue an MBA at Kelley was driven by the school’s outstanding reputation for fostering business leaders and its robust marketing curriculum. From day one, I was immersed in a vibrant and collaborative learning environment where diverse perspectives and innovative thinking were celebrated. The insightful discussions in classes, engaging projects, and guidance from renowned professors have not only expanded my knowledge but also honed my critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
As I reflect upon my journey as a first-year MBA student at the Kelley School of Business, specializing in marketing, I am thrilled to recount the invaluable experiences and growth that have defined this chapter of my academic and professional life. From delving into intricate courses like Business Marketing Strategy, Digital Marketing, and Market-Based Analysis to applying my newfound knowledge as a global marketer during my summer internship at ECOLAB, my time at Kelley has been nothing short of exhilarating and enlightening.
The foundation of my journey was laid in the classrooms of Kelley, where I encountered an engaging blend of theoretical insights and practical applications. However, the true essence of my MBA journey blossomed during my summer internship at ECOLAB, where I assumed the role of a global marketer. As I transitioned from lecture halls to corporate corridors, the nexus between classroom theory and real-world application became strikingly evident. Armed with the insights from Kelley’s courses, I embarked on devising global marketing initiatives that transcended borders and resonated with diverse audiences. The relationship between my academic learnings and the practical challenges I encountered during my internship was truly enlightening.
My internship illuminated the importance of collaboration and effective communication. The interpersonal skills cultivated at Kelley proved to be instrumental in collaborating with cross-functional teams, seamlessly bridging gaps, and ensuring that our marketing endeavors aligned with broader company objectives. As I navigated the global landscape of ECOLAB, I realized that the ethos of Kelley’s collaborative learning environment was echoing in the corporate world, further reaffirming the relevance of my MBA education.
As I step into my second year at Kelley, I carry with me a sense of gratitude for the experiences that have molded me into a more confident and knowledgeable professional. The lessons learned, friendships forged, and networks established will undoubtedly impact my future endeavors in the business world.
Equally, I am enthusiastic about paying it forward. The guidance and support I received as an incoming student were instrumental in shaping my positive experience at Kelley. I am committed to assisting incoming students in their transition, ensuring they feel welcomed and empowered from day one.