Now that you’ve explored our website and communicated with our MBA Graduate Office, perhaps there is more information you’d like to learn through another perspective. We are so proud of our entire student body and our MBA students are on board to provide additional insights to the UMaine experience. Consult one of our astute and amiable MBA students.
Originally from Bamako, Mali, one of the poorest countries in the world, Maya Ba couldn’t be more hopeful and determined to one day make a change in her native country which is one of the many reasons why she decided to pursue an MBA. “I consider myself to be very lucky! The experience I am getting in the MBA program is an educational experience many wish for in Mali.” Maya is a recipient of the Thurgood Marshall scholarship and is on her second year with the competitive Small Enterprise Growth Fund internship.
UMaine’s MBA program has created a dynamic classroom atmosphere where professors and students are challenged to generate ideas and creative solutions to the many problems companies are facing today. “Our student body is equipped with very intelligent individuals. I’ve learned so much from my colleagues!”
Outside the classroom, Maya is a member of the MBS Corps, Senator for Graduation Student Government, and is the Graduate Student Advisor for the African Student Association (AFSA). Maya has been able to expand her educational experience by attending conferences such as Harvard’s 4th Annual African Development Conference 2013 where she was able to meet other business students and business leaders of Africa. “With the assistance of The University of Maine AFSA was able to attend this conference where we were able to sit down and discuss the development of business with business leaders of Africa.”
Where does she see herself in the future? “I wish I knew the answer to that! In the next few years, I’d like to gain more experience in the business world and later apply my education and experience in some way to benefit Mali.”
MBA, Class of 2013
Chris Treister is completed his MBA while studying abroad at the University of Aalen, Germany. He has been proactive on campus, having worked as a graduate assistant (GA) at the Foster Center for Student Innovation, serving as a leader for the Maine Business School (MBS) Corps, worked as a Black Bear Mentor for the Division I Athletic Program, helped facilitate events for the University of Maine Alumni Association, and interned with the Small Enterprise Growth Fund, an internship provided by the MBS.
Chris earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at UMaine but felt that an MBA would further hone his business skills and provide him ample opportunity to become immersed in the MBS network. Chris’ favorite moment in his MBA career was telling dubious jokes with faculty and colleagues at a cigar bar in Berlin. Chris has enjoyed his time in Orono and found it hard to leave behind his Black Bear family for his final semester, but studying abroad has always been his goal.
In regards to business philosophy, Chris offers a quote from his favorite novel, the Count of Monte Cristo: “In business sir, one has no friends, only correspondents.”
Chris advocates new members of the program to get involved on campus and to take advantage of the opportunities that the MBS provides. Chris has found that time and effort from his end has resulted in reciprocal action from the MBS faculty. Chris is very satisfied with his decision to attend the MBS and is very willing to speak with any recruits about their decisions.
MBA, Class of 2013
Anna Assenmacher started her academic career at UMaine in 2007. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration degree in Management in 2011. After graduation, she decided it would be a great idea to stay and receive her MBA from UMaine as well. Throughout her undergraduate career, Anna was very involved and enjoyed all of her professors at the Maine Business School (MBS) as they worked with her to help her find internships and go above and beyond in her work.
While completing her MBA at UMaine, Anna juggled a demanding course schedule with work at the Foster Center for Student Innovation, on campus, for two years. She was also involved with the MBS Corps and was a leader on many different fundraisers. Overall, Anna has enjoyed the MBA program at UMaine as she reflects, “The professors made the classes seem like you were in the real world and not just learning from a textbook, which made the classes very hands on. Having the experience of working in groups was also a great experience because it enhanced team-building skills.”
For the Spring 2013 semester, Anna studied abroad in Germany at Aalen University, completing her MBA with a Management concentration. She believes that having an international experience along with her UMaine curriclum will help her prepfer for the professional world.
Ge Wan, from China, is a first year MBA student as of Spring 2013. She graduated from a prestigious university in China, majoring in Finance. She came to the USA to experience a different culture and life and embrace the higher education system in America. She is also the recipient of a graduate full-time International Student Scholarship!
She plans to graduate in May 2014 and find a job in the U.S. in a financial organization such as a banks or security company. Ge is also studying for her CFA exam while attending full-time. She hopes that her work experience in America will make her more competitive when she returns to China.
Ge (Gloria) loves UMaine and enjoys the MBA coursework, making friends from all over the world and the wide variety of activities on campus. More importantly, studying in Maine makes her feel like that she is getting more close to her goals. She hopes more international students will come to study at UMaine.