As the days grow sunnier, it means many graduate students will begin the long march to the convocation stage later this year. Each year different students take on a number of leadership roles in the Schulich community that have a direct impact on the quality of experience each grad student has during their time here.

This interview series will provide insight about students’ extracurricular leadership, professional achievements, and personal reflections.

– Frank Paul, Graduate Business Council President, MBA candidate, 2017

Class of 2017 Profile: Meet Melissa Pua, MBA Candidate

Melissa PuaPart 1: Quick Stats

Age: 26

Hometown: Scarborough, Ontario

Undergraduate School and Degree: Ryerson University, Business & Law

Community Work and Leadership Roles: Director of Corporate Relations, Graduate Business Council

Part 2: Business Education & Achievements

Q: Which academic or extra-curricular achievement are you most proud of?
Working with RBC to secure Team Schulich’s sponsorship for the 2017 MBA Games.

Q: Which professional achievement are you most proud of?
A: I was part of an initiative when I worked in Supply Chain Management with Walmart, called “Women in Supply Chain.” We worked with local high schools to educate female students on leadership opportunities available to them in the supply chain field. Our goal was to show them that women can be leaders and managers in a field dominated by men.

Q: What did you enjoy most about Schulich? 
A: Meeting people from around the world.

Q: What was the most challenging thing about your MBA? 
A: Group work – It was challenging to manage different personalities, expectations and schedules.

Q: Who would you most want to thank for your success?
A: My family: my parents for always supporting me and my brother for keeping me on the right track.

Q: What’s your best advice to a Schulich applicant?
A: Get involved. It’s not just about studying and getting good grades; make a name for yourself. Also, don’t be afraid to speak up in class or to share your experiences.

Part 3: Fill in the Blank…

“I knew I wanted to go to business school when…”
Melissa: …
I realized I wanted more for myself, and I knew that having just a bachelor’s degree wasn’t going to be enough.

“If I hadn’t gone to business school, I would …”
Melissa: …
Have still been working at my last job.

Part 4: Fast Favourites

  • Book: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

  • Movie: When Harry Met Sally

  • Schulich professor: Mike Valente

  • Schulich courses: Skills For Leadership (with Ingo Holzinger) and Personal Finance

Stay tuned for more profiles of the Schulich class of 2017!