How has your HES journey changed or shaped you?
My journey at Harvard has been a transformative experience that has shaped me in profound ways. Enrolling in the Harvard Extension School Management Graduate Degree Program was a life-changing decision for me, as it allowed me to pursue my long-held goal of obtaining a master’s degree while juggling my responsibilities as an entrepreneur.
The unique “earn your way in” format immediately drew me in. Success in the program required my own courage, resolve, determination, and grit — qualities I value and thrive on.
One of my primary objectives in joining the program was to expand my knowledge of world-class thought leadership in areas such as digital marketing, management, finance, economics, and strategy.
The program not only allowed me to design my own master’s program, but also provided a platform for me to fully immerse myself in these subjects. The experience was truly rewarding, challenging me to perform at the highest level of excellence and fostering a deep understanding of the material.
Additionally, I aimed to enhance my skills, mindsets, and capabilities to prepare for more executive-level responsibilities.
The program pushed me to think critically and strategically when faced with complex business problems and it honed my ability to communicate ideas and strategies effectively.
Today, I can confidently say that the program has transformed me into a better listener and a more effective problem solver, thanks to the rigorous academic and intellectual challenges I encountered along the way.
The support and guidance from my fellow students, professors, and the challenging coursework were instrumental in pushing me beyond my limits and helping me achieve my goals.
Through this transformative journey, I have gained a new lens through which to view the world and a toolkit of frameworks to solve complex problems and make informed decisions.
I am thrilled to apply my newfound knowledge and skills to tackle executive-level responsibilities in the future.
Participating in the Harvard Innovation Lab, GSAS Consulting Club, GSAS Mini MBA, and competing in the Harvard v. MIT Case Competition have further broadened my perspective and enriched my overall experience.
Enrolling in the HES Management master’s program has undoubtedly been a game-changer for me. It has fundamentally altered my approach to the world and provided me with the confidence to make a positive impact in both my personal and professional life.
I am immensely grateful for the opportunity to have been part of such an enriching program, and I eagerly anticipate the next steps in my journey.
The experience I had at HES was truly world-class, shaping and transforming me in ways I never thought possible.
What’s something unexpected that you learned about Harvard?
Harvard’s size and inclusiveness were an unexpected surprise, offering diverse opportunities through its 12 Schools and student body.
Once admitted, the University opens up a vast array of opportunities in clubs, events, and programs.
Connecting with people from different backgrounds, cultures and countries was easy, and there was a strong sense of camaraderie. Harvard’s inclusive environment fosters a dynamic community and meaningful connections.
Overall, the school’s diverse ecosystem was a pleasant surprise.
What are you going to miss the most about HES?
What I will miss the most about my time at Harvard is the electrifying feeling of exploring uncharted territories of new courses, the rush of getting accepted into new programs, and the camaraderie of humbly working alongside brilliant and diverse students.
I made friends from all over the world, who shared their inspiring stories, broadened my perspectives, and challenged me to push beyond my limits.
Harvard’s ecosystem is truly unparalleled, from the stunning campus and renowned professors to the intellectually stimulating cases and the vibrant community of students.
It was an honor and privilege to be part of it. I’m still pinching myself I was able to experience it.
Describe your HES experience in one word.