Isabella Olivares

Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Full-time with Co-op
Boston University (Mechanical Engineering)
Class of 2022

DeGroote allowed me to pivot from Mechanical Engineering to Business very easily by allowing me to apply my transferable skills and meet the amazing network of students and alumni.

Why DeGroote?

I chose DeGroote because I knew the program would set me up for success in all my goals and provide the team oriented environment I was looking for. DeGroote allowed me to pivot from Mechanical Engineering to Business very easily by allowing me to apply my transferable skills and meet the amazing network of students and alumni. Being a former varsity athlete, I wanted a competitive, yet team oriented culture and DeGroote has that. It’s the perfect balance of academics, extra-curricular activities, case competitions, and networking!

Why an MBA?

I decided to pursue my MBA because I always valued relationships more than anything. While I appreciate the problem solving and analytical skills I exemplified as an engineer, I found the collaboration and strategy side was missing from my role. This program and my work terms have already given me multiple opportunities to challenge my decision making and interpersonal skills. It is teaching me how to be a great leader and mentor for when I become a manager.

What surprised you about DeGroote?

DeGroote surprised me with the multitude of extra-curricular activities available to the students. I highly recommend stepping outside of your comfort zone and participating in anything you’re interested in. With no experience, I did two case competitions (outside of academically sanctioned ones) and they improved my presentation skills. MBA Games was the highlight of my first semester because you meet students from all years and build amazing relationships. DeGroote MBAs for Impact (DMI) is very dear to me because we give back to the community any way we can through fundraising activities and donations.

What piece of advice would you give to anyone considering doing their MBA at DeGroote?

Do anything and everything you are interested in even if you are nervous, because it will pay off and definitely help you leverage yourself during the recruiting process.

What has been the highlight of your DeGroote experience so far?

MBA Games and Case Competitions have definitely been the highlights for me so far. I am highly competitive and I love a good challenge. But I also enjoy making new friends and winning as a team (we won MBA Games 2020!!).

Aside from being an MBA Student Ambassador, what other extra-curricular activities have you been involved with while at DeGroote?

  • VP Marketing & Communication, DeGroote MBAs for Impact Student Association
  • Competitor, MBA Games 2020
  • Executive Team – Spirit Coordinator, MBA Games 2021

Tell us one fun fact about you!

I used to dance Hula professionally.