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Spencer Greenberg, Rutgers Business School MBA

Age: 25

Hometown: Rockaway, NJ

Undergraduate Institution and Major: Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts, music education

Spencer Greenberg, Rutgers Business School MBA

Pre-MBA Work Experience: Music teacher, kindergarten through fifth grade

Why business school? Why now? As I continued teaching, I found that it was not a career I could see myself doing for 30 years, however, when I applied to entry-level jobs in business due to my interest in math and the stock market, I found that I had a difficult time getting interviews because of my undergraduate concentration in music and my lack of business work experience.

Why the Rutgers Business School MBA program? What factors figured most prominently into your decision of where to attend? I chose Rutgers Business School for two reasons: the strength of network/ job opportunities and cost. Out of the schools I applied to, Rutgers was much greater value for what I was spending.

What do you think is your most valuable or differentiating contribution to your MBA class? I hope that my classmates can see me as a hard worker and someone they can rely on. When pursuing your MBA, everyone in your class is smart and hard working. The things that differentiate you are your ability to be counted on when an assignment, project, or relationship is at stake and if you can deliver a quality product in your work.

Fun fact that didn’t get included on your application? I am a huge baseball fan. The lessons of failure, constant improvements and adjustments, and always learning from those around you are lessons that I try to keep in mind all the time. In baseball, you can fail seven out of 10 times and still be considered a success. To most industries that would be a failure, but knowing how to deal with failure and turn it into success is one of the most important lessons I have learned.

Post-MBA career interests? I recently accepted a position at M&T Bank in Buffalo, N.Y. in their executive associate program.

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About the Author

Matthew Korman
Matthew Korman

Matthew Korman is the Managing Editor of MetroMBA. Since graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism and political science, Matthew has worked as a music industry writer and promoter, a data analyst, and with numerous academic institutions. His works have appeared in publications such as NPR and Sports Illustrated.

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