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MBA Bobcat Q&A: Kelley Johnson

Friday, June 3 2016 12:00am

As a recent MBA graduate, Kelley found the program to be challenging and rewarding.

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Kelley JohnsonName: Kelley Johnson

Program: MBA/MSA

Class: 2016/2017

Undergraduate Degree: Communication studies, The College of Wooster

Why did you choose Ohio University’s MBA/MSA dual-degree program?

I chose Ohio University’s dual-degree program because I knew I would be earning degrees from two highly reputable programs that would prepare me for a career in sport business. I could see myself joining the OHIO family when I met students, staff, and faculty during my on-campus interview. That confirmed OHIO was the place for me…thankfully I was accepted!

How would you describe your experience in the MBA program?

Challenging, yet rewarding. There were multiple tasks to juggle every day, and sometimes I wondered how I was going to get everything done. But in the end, I always did. I had supportive classmates and staff helping me along the way. I also enjoy being challenged, and I believe I grew as a person and in my skills by tackling challenges throughout the year. 

What was your favorite MBA course and why?

My favorite MBA course was organizational behavior with Dr. Stoner. I have a background in communication studies, so this course was a perfect fit with my academic interests. It gave me a better understanding of how I can apply organizational concepts in the workplace. Dr. Stoner is a phenomenal professor who makes learning interesting and engaging. 

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

Every person I’ve met in the College of Business has left an impression on me in some way. In terms of educational and personal growth, Dr. Kirch would certainly be at the top of my list. I sat in his accounting course the first week of class and wondered what I was getting myself into. It is because of Dr. Kirch’s teaching that I can proudly say I comprehend accounting. From him, I realized that we can learn any subject if both the professor and student are invested. This lesson will stick with me throughout my career.

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

Even if you already have great organizational and time management skills, this program will continue to strengthen them. No matter what you bring to the table, OHIO’s one-year MBA program will enhance your skillset.

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

I came to Ohio University for a fellowship in 2014 thinking I wanted to pursue a career in college athletics. After completing my MBA, and now beginning my MSA, I am exploring opportunities in sports that I would have never considered prior to my education at OHIO. In figuring out my interests, I have determined which careers are not rightfor me and that has been just as important as I get closer to entering the sport business world.

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

I really enjoy going to the local coffee shops in Athens. Village Bakery and Catalyst Café are two of my favorite spots. It’s the perfect place to meet up with friends or get away to study.

I also like to spend my time on the bike path in the summer. It’s beautiful!

Anything else about the program you would like to share?

There will be times when you are tired or stressed, but don’t get discouraged. At OHIO you are earning a Master’s degree that will make you more marketable and knowledgeable in the workforce. We are given the chance every day to better ourselves personally, academically, and professionally—that’s a gift many people are not fortunate enough to receive. Cherish it and embrace it. You’ll be glad you did.