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MBA Catalyst® Founder Addresses National Diversity MBA Summit at Georgetown University
Business School Degree Still Key to Better Careers for Diverse Groups, Says Admissions Consultant
Mejia spoke to the approximately 400 prospective MBA candidates who attended the 2014 summit at the Georgetown McDonough School of Business where Mejia received his MBA. He urged aspiring business students to be diligent and not to let barriers stop them from trying to obtain an MBA. He pointed out that his own pursuit of a graduate degree was humbling and that while he finished with $103,000 in debt he was able to pay it off in two years.
"Hope is not lost for those of you who are in the 600 or 500 GMAT range or for those of you who for some cruel reason life challenges kicked in early and you had to confront adult problems while you were still young, and perhaps grades in college just could no longer take a priority. Hope is not lost!," Mejia told the audience.
Elected president of the "Consulting Club" while at the McDonough School of Business, Mejia also co-founded the Student Association of Hispanic MBAs. He suggested that students participate in extracurricular activities once they gain school admission in order to further their career prospects. He said such activities that "pay it forward" are necessary for overall fulfillment. "I firmly believe in cultivating diversity and I also volunteered my time with the admissions office to help other diverse applicants work through their fear factors of applying to business school. Corporate America needs more people from all walks of life who are not afraid to share their unique perspectives, because frankly, this is how innovation is created," said Mejia.
Mejia added that an MBA can expand opportunities not only for one's self but one's family. "As the son of immigrant parents, my professional goals were just as ambitious as everyone else's. I fantasized about working for Goldman Sachs, McKinsey or breaking into private equity, but my personal goals were more grounded. I wanted to move my parents out of South Central Los Angeles, quickly, so I took a job back on the West Coast that focused on corporate strategy. My signing bonus check was more than what my father made in one year. So I took that money, bought a 3,000 square foot house, and moved my parents in with me, away from South Central. My Georgetown MBA truly transformed my life for the better and with a tremendous amount of success, I have leverage its brand equity for every professional endeavor I have taken on since graduation, " said Mejia.
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