Class of 2022
Member Of: Graduate Finance Club
Ambition tends to be a common trait in our student body, and this MBA student has his eyes on something big. Chukwuma brings to the classroom a unique perspective. He is from Nigeria and has backpacked through all of South America and Australia. This global mindset has helped him make lifetime connections, build a valuable network, and make the most out of his time at Lubin. He is putting all of this to work and hopes to one day become a member of government in Nigeria.
Why did you choose Pace University and the Lubin School of Business to advance your business education
When I was looking for schools to pursue my MBA in accounting, I found that the Lubin School of Business was ideal for me. I was already familiar with Pace University and had some connections with past alumni and professors, including Dyson's faculty emeritus, professor Anne Bynoe, PhD. Since starting my degree, I have seen how effective Pace is at providing high-quality education along with the networking opportunities necessary for success. I've also found a lot of value in Lubin's proximity to the financial district and the talent that surrounds the school. In addition to Pace's strong relationship with the big four accounting firms, Lubin has proven to be an ideal destination to advance my career and build my network.
You have taken advantage of many opportunities offered at Pace, including our mentoring program and career services resources. What has it been like to participate in those programs?
I started my MBA with the mindset of taking advantage of as many of Lubin's opportunities as possible. To my surprised, I've found that the mentoring program is an underutilized resource at Pace. Mentorship relationships have helped me navigate the interview process for internships and guide the course structure and career trajectory. Regarding career services, I am grateful for their dedicated staff, especially Abby Okon, Bettina Klein, and Donna Holder. They have all individually played a role in perfecting my resume and planning my career development. These resources helped me hone in auditing as my preferred career path and provided the tools and support that I need to achieve my goal.
You have a go-getter attitude and get involved in many projects and extracurricular activities. What advice do you have for other students looking to get involved?
My advice to my fellow students would be to try and make the most out of their experience at Pace. I quickly learned that your experience here is what you make of it. Despite the limitations of the virtual environment, there are still opportunities such as various clubs and events available. My decision to join the Graduate Finance Club was twofold; I wanted to be part of a community of like-minded individuals and explore my passion for writing. The Assistant Director of Newsletter position was perfect for me. Little did I know that this single decision would help me exponentially in my interview process and allow me the opportunity to meet several like-minded and passionate individuals.
Little did I know that this single decision would help me exponentially in my interview process and allow me the opportunity to meet several like-minded and passionate individuals.
What are your future goals for your career?
I would like to go back to my home country of Nigeria and eventually run for political office. Specifically, a public position such as that of finance minister can significantly improve conditions within the country.
What does #LubinLife mean to you?
#Lubinlife is a melting pot of various cultures and ethnicities coming together in a dynamic and welcoming environment.