Student Voices

Fabio Chen

Fabio Chen

MBA '18
GCBA '15
International Cohort

"Knowledge, applied with passion and creativity, can provide you endless number of opportunities and returns."

Q:You are a D’Amore-McKim Graduate Certificate in Business Administration alumnus, and are currently a MBA candidate. When did you finish your certificate, and when will you complete your MBA?

A:I finished my graduate certificate in December 2015, and will complete my MBA in July 2018.

Q:Why did you choose D’Amore-McKim?

A:Northeastern University is very committed to bringing real world scenarios into the classroom. The experiential learning approach has been the most valuable part of my D’Amore-McKim education. Every time I experience a new situation in my current job, my mind connects to the relevant theory automatically. D’Amore-McKim School of Business has this ability to create bridges that connects practical experience and theory, and the combination of these two elements has a tremendous value.

Q:What was your experience with Optional Practical Training (OPT)? How did your OPT experience benefit your life and career?

A:Optional Practical Training (OPT) allows F-1 visa students to work in the U.S. for one year. It is an amazing opportunity that every international student should take advantage of. The US is the largest economy in the world. The best minds, research and companies are located in this place. Having the opportunity to work in this economy has a priceless benefit in your life and career. During my OPT I had an opportunity to work full-time for an American company. After I finished this period, the company decided to sponsor my H1-B visa, which extended my ability to work in the U.S.

Q:Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?

A:The Northeastern University President Joseph Aoun says that “learning is a life­long endeavor.” I completely agree with this statement, and I see myself coming back to another program in the next 5 years. It is amazing how fast the world is moving recently. Economies are changing the way we do business and this has a huge impact in the labor market. New technology will eradicate some jobs, change others, and create whole new categories of employment. In view of that, the only way to catch-up with all of these changes is becoming a life-long learner.

Q:What would you say to a prospective student considering D’Amore-McKim for their business degree?

A:I would say something that my dad told me once: “Knowledge is something that no one can steal from you.” Money and material goods have limited potential for return on investment. Knowledge, applied with passion and creativity, can provide you endless number of opportunities and returns.

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