Hometown: Englewood, CO
Undergrad Institution/Major: University of Michigan / Industrial and Operations Engineering
Pre-MBA Job: Financial Services
MBA Concentration: Finance
Hey everyone, my name is Alex Niebrugge, and I am member of the McCombs MBA Class of 2012 as well as a student blogger this year. If you are reading this, you are either interested in the Full Time MBA program, or you have found the end of the internet. Either way, welcome!
I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, and then headed to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. I graduated with a degree in Industrial and Operations Engineering, and a passing focus in flag football and Chipotle burritos. After school, I moved to New York City where I worked in finance for three years and was exposed to credit ratings in commercial real estate and structured finance. While working, I realized that I needed more of a core business background to actually get to where I wanted to go in my career. With an engineering degree, I knew it would not be possible to achieve my goals in finance without an MBA. And that is why I am here now, talking to you.
After taking the GMAT I had only a slight idea of where I wanted to go to school. There were only two things I knew for sure:
1. I knew I wanted to go to a school with a strong national brand and reputation.
2. I wanted to go to a school where I actually liked the people.
The more I researched McCombs, and more importantly, the more I talked to people who went here, the more I realized it was the right fit for me. Beyond the strong academics of the school, the people who go here just “get it.” All the alumni and current students I spoke to were smart, and most importantly, people I would want to sit next to in a class.
Most importantly, this is my first time spending a prolonged period of time in Texas. If you have any issues/pretenses about coming to Austin, I will be here to tell you about my experience as somebody completely new to this area. If you enjoy BBQ, running, live music, outdoor bars, incredible Mexican food (try El Sazon on South Lamar), food carts, friendly people, a unique vibe, swimming, lakes, or warm weather, then you will probably acclimate just fine.
Aside from school, I like playing tennis, basketball, and golf, trying queso dip at every restaurant I go to, and connecting with friends around South Congress and Sixth Street. Please feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll give you my $.02 on whatever’s on your mind.