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Career Center Connector: My Story

August 2012

Jimena Evia

Carla dixon

Hometown: Brownsville, TX
Degree obtained: B.B.A. in Management
Pursuing:  M.B.A.
Campus Involvement: Graduate S.E.I.
GPA: 3.71

 Carla's family.

Why UTB and TSC? 

“UTB allows me to attain an M.B.A. at an A.A.C.S.B. accredited business school while being close to family. UTB also has a Pre-Law Academy that I am looking forward to participating in next summer to prepare for law school. I have to admit that although I graduated from UTB, coming back opened my eyes to the growth, the fresh faces and a new way of learning. I stepped out of my comfort zone and took two online classes within my first year in the M.B.A. program, and I must say, it was the best experience! The professors are interested in having a good final product they are proud of sending out to the workforce.” 

What do you want to do with your major?

“I want to run and operate a family business. Many of our professors have their own businesses or extensive experience in operations management, and they are transferring that personal knowledge to us through our studies. I am going to pursue a J.D. degree after graduation with the intent of practicing corporate law.”

What has been your experience at UTB and TSC?

“I am lucky to have been part of history at UTB and TSC with the accreditation of our business school, the revelation of our new mascot  and the transition from UTB to UTB, which is another milestone for our university. There are also a lot of great programs available to students, such as AmeriCorps, which helped me pay for my undergraduate degree while allowing me to give back to the community.  The M.B.A. professors have made my studies enjoyable, and they have related all of our learning and research materials to our real life experiences.”

What has been your biggest obstacle in your career? 

“The biggest obstacle has been the economy and job market. I chose to go back to graduate school in order to advance myself in my career. I am prepared to go where the job market takes me. I have had time to reflect and really think about what my goals for my career and family are, and so many doors have been opened during this time.”

Do you have any advice for students? 

“Really think about what your long-term goals are when you decide what your program of study will be.  What kind of career do you want to have?  What kind of family life-style do you desire?  What jobs are in high demand?  What do you need to do to achieve these goals?  Do plenty of research so that you can be truly happy at what you’re doing.”

The biggest obstacle has been the economy and job market. I chose to go back to graduate school in order to advance myself in my career.

Carla Dixon

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