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MBA Bobcat Q&A: Jessi Cox-Wallace

Friday, June 17 2016 12:00am

The MBA program helped Jessi prepare for her new career in store management at Kroger.

Jessi CoxName: Jessi Cox-Wallace

Program: MBA

Class year: 2016

Undergraduate Degree: Music performance and minor in business, Morehead State University

Why did you choose Ohio University’s MBA program?

The first thing I did when I decided to get my MBA was look for an accredited institution within the state of Ohio. I was impressed by Ohio University’s One-Year MBA program. This program was AACSB accredited, and it allowed me to graduate within 12 months. It was the perfect program for me.

How would you describe your experience in the MBA program?

I really enjoyed the cohort structure. You start and finish your MBA journey with the same group of people, and build great friendships along the way. The professors were also very approachable and responsive.

What was your favorite MBA course and why?

My favorite MBA course was Accounting for Executives with Dr. Kirch. I think many students would say Dr. Kirch had a positive influence on their education. I remember on the first day of class he jokingly said, “if you want a friend, get a dog.” I didn’t know what to expect! But, by the end of the semester, he was one of the most personable and relatable professor I’ve ever had. The way he structured his accounting course allowed me to get the most out of it.

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

Dr. Kirch, Dr. Cutright, and Kelsey Rodgers all had a positive influence on my education. Dr. Kirch was motivating, personable, and invested in his students. Dr. Cutright was always available to help when I had an issue in class. I could email him any time of day, and he would help in any way possible. Kelsey Rodgers was my go-to person for all program questions. She was very willing to help!

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

You have to make the MBA program a priority. You can expect challenges during the 12 months, but this is one of the most rewarding programs I’ve had the privilege to be a part of. 

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

I’m pursuing a career in retail management. Currently, I work in store management at Kroger in the Columbus Division. I was fortunate to receive this job offer about three or four months before graduation and started right away this summer. It’s been very exciting!

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

Hands down, my favorite place to go is Whit’s Frozen Custard!