Meet Safa Ali, a first year student in our Shady Grove Part Time MBA program!
Where do you work?
I’m a consultant for Deloitte Consulting in the federal practice Information Management.
Why did you choose Smith?
Smith is a recognized school in the country ranking in the top 20 with notable faculty, flexible class schedules, and effective career advancing resources.
What has been your favorite part of the Part Time MBA program so far?
The best part is the network that I’ve built inside and outside of my class and meeting such talented and unique individuals. We started out as classmates and now have become very close friends and part of a strong support system for each other.
Do you belong to any Smith clubs?
Yes, I’m a first year Track Rep and the VP of Outreach for the Shady Grove campus.
What is your best tip for juggling the work/life/MBA balance?
Time management is a skill you have to master. Set aside a daily and weekly schedule, and prioritize your deadlines and tasks. This will help you stay sane and on track. Without a schedule, you will find yourself out of sync and overwhelmed.
What does your typical work/class day look like?
I work Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 4 PM and have class two nights a week from 6:30-10:00 PM. The nights I have class are the longest, but I have the rest of the weeknights and weekend to recover and recoup.
What is your goal for earning your MBA?
My goal for obtaining my MBA is to increase my business acumen, build my network, and achieve higher education which will not only develop me professionally, but improve my personal caliber.
If they made a movie of your life, who would you want to star as you?
What is your favorite book?
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
Do you have a favorite movie?
Silence of the Lambs
What piece of advice would you give to yourself if you could go back in time to when you applied for Smith’s PT MBA program?
I wish I could have applied earlier and sat in on classroom observations. This would have helped me prep better for graduate level studies.