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MBA Bobcat Q&A: Madison Karaffa

Monday, April 9 2018 12:00am

Madison differentiated herself by merging her two passions: biology and business

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Maddie PicBy Amanda Byrd

Name: Madison Karaffa

Program: Ohio University's One-Year MBA

Year: 2018

Undergraduate Institution and Degree: Ohio University ('17), Biological Sciences

Why did you choose Ohio University's MBA program?

I wanted to gain some business knowledge in addition to my biology background. Science and business rarely mix in academia and I wanted to diversify myself by being educated in both.

How would you describe your experience in the MBA program?

The One-Year MBA program has opened my eyes to a great deal of business concepts I hadn't previously learned. I now feel prepared to enter the business world. I'm confident I can represent myself in an educated and professional manner. The MBA program has also taught me that relationships are important and I look forward to maintaining the relationships I've made through this program.

What was your favorite MBA course and why?

My favorite MBA course has been ethics. I really enjoyed the concepts that we discussed and feel they were extremely relevant. I believe it's important to take a course like this before entering the business world because there are many possibilities for ethical issues that I wouldn't have thought about had I not taken this course.

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

I believe that Tanya Barnett, director of the One-Year MBA program, has had a very positive influence on my education. She is extremely approachable and easy to talk to. If I ever had an issue throughout the program, I knew that she would be open to listening. I feel that she is a strong support system and I really appreciate what she does for us.

What would you tell someone considering Ohio University's One-Year MBA program?

I would tell them to go for it! The One-Year MBA program is great for those who were undergraduates in something other than business. I've learned so much from the program in such a short period of time. We not only learn how to be professional from our classes and teachers, but from each other as well. When I graduated last year I felt I wasn't ready to go into the professional business world with a biology degree. I now feel ready and excited to interview for jobs and begin my career.

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

Ultimately, I would like to be involved in the world of entrepreneurship, whether that be with an existing company or starting my own venture. My science background and sales experience has pushed me to look for medical sales jobs currently. However, I want to take on more of an entrepreneur type role in this industry in the future. I figured out this was my passion simply by going through school. I knew that I would finish my biology degree early and wanted to take more classes to insure that my schedule was full. The entrepreneurship classes that I took really inspired me and I've been exploring the field ever since.   

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

I love Athens! My favorite place is probably the bike path. I really enjoy walking the dog or biking down this path in the spring and summer.  Athens is such a beautiful place and I'm lucky I got to spend five years here.

Anything else you'd like to share about Ohio University's One-Year MBA program?

The MBA program is a great program. I'm very happy that I applied and look forward to completing the program this summer. I look forward to seeing how it helps my career down the road.

Learn more about OHIO’s One-Year MBA
To build a career in the business world, students need the right balance of critical thinking skills and practical business knowledge that defines successful leadership in the modern workplace. The One-Year MBA from Ohio University is a full-time program designed to help students enhance their core business competencies and develop the confidence to thrive as strategic and resourceful professionals.

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