MBA Bobcat Q&A: Abby Vlastuin
Thursday, October 20 2016 12:00am
Abby decided to further her education before making a career change she was passionate about.
By Magda Stepien
Name: Abby Vlastuin
Class year: 2016
Undergraduate Degree: Nutrition and Dietetics, North Dakota State University
Why did you choose Ohio University’s MBA or MBA/MSA dual-degree program?
I went to work following graduation, but soon realized I wanted to do something different, so I decided to come back to school. I wanted to be a part of the accelerated One-Year MBA program so I could speed up the process. At Ohio University, I would gain the value from both the MBA and Master of Sport Administration degrees but also move into my next career quicker than I would with other programs.
How would you describe your experience in the MBA program?
The MBA program promotes a great team environment. It reminded me of being on my college basketball team; we spend so much time together as a cohort, you can’t help but get to know everyone really well. I built great relationships while doing volunteer work, class work, and just being around my peers.
What was your favorite MBA course and why?
Organizational Behavior with Dr. Stoner was my favorite! I liked it because he has so much passion and is very invested in the subject which rubs off on you and builds excitement for the class. The content is very applicable no matter which industry you choose to pursue. I found the theories on how to manage conflicts and grow as a leader to be very practical.
Which College of Business mentor/faculty/staff member has had a positive influence on your education?
Jen Murphy, assistant dean of Career Management and Student Success, has been very influential on my education. I’ve been able to get to know her through doing my practicum. She gives me great opportunities and challenges me to grow. All around, she gives me valuable advice that will help my career.
What would you tell someone considering Ohio University’s Masters of Business Administration degree?
It is an amazing opportunity to get involved inside and outside of the classroom. The accelerated format is great but also demands commitment, so be ready to work! There is so much to do and you’re given countless opportunities to learn more than just classwork. I would tell prospective students to throw themselves into the experience… be in the moment.
What are your career goals, and how did you figure out what you wanted to do?
My dream job is to be a Senior Women Administrator. I figured out that I wanted to be involved in athletics when I worked in the North Dakota State University athletic department as an undergrad. I enjoyed their field of work and how it influenced so many different people. After finishing my degree and going into the nutrition industry for a few years, it reaffirmed that I wanted to be in athletics, which is when I decided to come back to school.
Where is your favorite place to hang out on campus/in Athens?
I love Court Street Coffee! Their drinks and scones are delicious and they always have a different flavor of the week. I like to mix up my drink choices during the week.
Anything else about the program that you would like to share?
I would highly recommend going on the international immersion trip and truly embracing all of the experiences abroad. It is so worthwhile and a special piece to the program. The experience is invaluable in my eyes.