Student Spotlight: Chandler Holeman, 2015 MBA Candidate

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Prior to attending Simon Business School, I worked as a business development analyst for a natural gas marketing firm, called Susterra Energy, where I scouted the market for potential natural gas clients, selling energy credits.  Working in a start-up quickly enlightened me to the need for a stronger business foundation, and thus, my search for the right graduate business school began.

My desire to join the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management and to attend graduate school in the northeast initially narrowed my list of prospective schools.  After discovering how renowned and quantitatively rigorous its finance concentration was, I applied to Simon and was fortunate enough to be invited for a campus tour.  From its low student-to-faculty ratio to the warm and welcoming atmosphere, Simon immediately felt like home and became my first choice.

Not far into my first quarter during the summer, my dad had been diagnosed with stage IV cancer.  Despite the advanced diagnosis, my family and I had remained hopeful that we could beat the odds.  I took a leave of absence to fight alongside my dad, but unfortunately, he passed away during my first fall quarter.  Needless to say, I was devastated and ran through the gamut of emotions.

We cannot foresee the trials and misfortunes that will inevitably come along life’s journey.  The best that we can do is to live each day with purpose and to surround ourselves with people who can support us in times of need.  From the heartfelt chats and long hugs of a staff member to a surprise dinner from fellow classmates, Simon has fully supported me through my darkest hours.  No words can express the deep gratitude I have for this school.  The intimate relationships that I’ve forged in our small class size make attending Simon Business School one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

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