Hello! My name is Luísa Felix Souza and I am an international class of 2019 MBA candidate at the Tepper School. Prior to leaving Brazil, I was feeling a mix of sensations: excitement, happiness, and a little fear combined with an extreme anxiety of starting as soon as possible. After only one week of Basecamp, I can say for sure that I am already missing what we passed through. The Tepper School’s environment and culture is so unique; students, staff, and professors are so willing to make our time the best we ever have.
As an international student, I can say that I couldn’t be in a better place. We have people from 31 different nationalities here, with diverse backgrounds, and although it may sound cliché, I feel special here.
To be honest, in one week I couldn’t meet everyone; however, I was able to feel that the best is yet to come and that these people will make a huge change in my life.
I must say that just the introduction to business that we had with professor Sridhar Tayur was already so inspiring that I cannot wait to see what we are going to learn from the amazing minds that we have as professors at Tepper School of Business. I also cannot avoid mentioning the presentation of professor Dave Mawhinney. I would risk saying that after his presentation everyone would like to try to become an entrepreneur.
The day we had at Camp Guyasuta was exceptional. I am super afraid of heights, but I was so motivated by my colleagues that I even tried to climb the wall. I wasn’t able to but that’s ok, I took the chance, and I nailed it… I even took the zip line from valley to valley. That was quite an achievement for one afraid of heights!
I truly believe that in one week we have already changed. We have already learned from each person that we speak to, from each professor that presents his/her view of business, and each staff member that has provided us with new information. I am sure that by the end of the next two years, I will become a better person and better professional, and will have built many lifetime friendships.