Poets & Quants Names UCLA Student to “Best MBA” List

Meet Jacob Call, 34—an MBA student at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and former US Navy Seal. Call decided to go to business school after the death of his closest friends in combat. Now he has gone from being part of one of the military’s most elite units to the top of the Anderson MBA class.

Poets & Quants ranked some of the top MBA students in the country from 2015 and found that Call deserved to be on the list. Here are a few excerpts from their profile of the Anderson MBA:

“I knew I wanted to go to business school when…”

I was reflecting on my life shortly after my closest friend was killed in combat. From serving on the front lines of Iraq and Afghanistan to losing some of my closest friends in combat, I have gained a profound appreciation for the fragility of life and the preciousness of time. After my best friend was killed in combat, the true meaning of time presented itself in terms not ignorable to me. I no longer had time to tell the most influential person in my life how much he meant to me, nor the time to laugh with him, learn from him and experience life with him. I faced mortality, I suppose, and turned myself to face the imperative of living a life of intention…”

What are your long-term professional goals?

Coming from relatively humble beginnings, I want to help inspire people to reach their fullest potential. Up to this point, I have been able to help impact quite a few lives; however, I hope I have only begun to scratch the surface. In my pursuit, I intend to lead by example as I continue to push beyond my boundaries, develop my skills and exploit my weaknesses.

Favorite Courses: Business Strategy, Corporate Valuation, Behavioral Finance, Real Estate Financing and Investing

Why did you choose this business school? I choose Anderson’s MBA program to obtain a first rate education from one of the best business schools in the world and to set the stage for me to become a game changer in today’s society. With the school’s strong entrepreneurial focus, prominent faculty, vast alumni network, diverse student body and unparalleled curriculum, I was fully confident the program would propel me into the future with the skills I need to truly make an impact in this world.


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Max Pulcini

Max Pulcini is a Philadelphia-based writer and reporter. He has an affinity for Philly sports teams, Super Smash Bros. and cured meats and cheeses. Max has written for Philadelphia-based publications such as Spirit News, Philadelphia City Paper, and Billy Penn, as well as national news outlets like The Daily Beast.

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