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MBA Bobcat Q&A: Harrison Hightower

Tuesday, June 14 2016 12:00am

As a former OHIO wrestler, Harrison valued teamwork in the MBA program.

Profile PictureName: Harrison Hightower

Program: MBA

Class: 2016

Undergraduate Degree: Business marketing with a minor in communications, Ohio University

Why did you choose Ohio University’s MBA program?

The main reason I chose OHIO’s MBA program was because of the seamless transition after the undergraduate program. I was already on campus and could finish my MBA without needing years of work experience. As it turned out, I actually gained real-world business experience in the program through consulting projects for Kroger and Nova Tecnostampi, an Italian company that manufactures car components.

How would you describe your experience in the MBA program?

Through the MBA program, I’ve learned how to effectively work on a team; a skill that is very valuable in the workforce. I had the opportunity to work on team projects all three semesters. My biggest takeaway from working on a team was learning how to be a team player and take on a leadership role.

What was your favorite MBA course and why?

My favorite MBA course was Organizational Behavior with Dr. Jason Stoner. Not only did I come out of his class with a clear understanding of the terms, I could apply the concepts in real-world situations.

Which College of Business mentor/faculty/staff member has had a positive influence on your education?

I was lucky to be a Graduate Assistant for the Consumer Research Center, so I worked closely with Professor Daniel Dahlen and Dr. Jacob Hiler. As the GA, I gained practical experience working with Dairy Queen. This opportunity wouldn’t have been possible without Professor Dahlen and Dr. Hiler. 

What would you tell someone considering Ohio University’s Masters of Business Administration degree?

The MBA program is designed to expose students to real-world work situations. Projects will be challenging, and you’ll work outside of your comfort zone. This taught me how to keep an open mind and adapt to changes. So, if you’re considering OHIO’s MBA program, my advice would be to embrace the experience and get excited!

What are your career goals, and how did you figure out what you wanted to do?

I’ve always been interested in technology and my undergraduate degree is in business marketing, so I knew I wanted to pursue a career that allowed me combine my interests with my skills. I started to do a lot of research and found Cisco Systems, Inc., a worldwide technology company that designs, manufactures, and sells networking equipment. I applied as soon as I saw an opening for a sales position. I actually found out I got the job while I was on the study abroad trip in Italy! I start my new job in August and can’t wait.

Where is your favorite place to hang out on campus/in Athens?

The MBA lounge was my favorite place to hang out on campus. It’s a room reserved for students in the MBA program. We used this space to finish assignments or hang out with each other when we needed a break.

Anything else about the program you would like to share?

In my opinion, one of the biggest strengths of the MBA program is its diversity. My cohort was made up of MBA exclusive students, MBA/MSA dual-degree students, and students from around the world. We all had unique ways of looking at business and brought different strengths to our group projects. You can learn a lot from your peers. I know this experience will help me in my future career.