This post is a part of the Student Spotlight series where we highlight a current Anderson student or alum to learn about his/her experiences at Anderson.
UCLA Anderson Class of 2019
UCLA Anderson MBA Class:
Q. Introduce yourself to your classmates!
A. My name is Katie Farias, and I’m originally from Shavertown, PA but am coming to Los Angeles from Brooklyn, NY. My previous job was in Accounting at MUFG Securities Americas, and I’m excited to transition to a career in Entrepreneurship at Anderson. I like to listen to podcasts, try new restaurants, and enjoy the outdoors in my free time. I moved to LA with my girlfriend, and we’re very excited about our new apartment in Santa Monica (4 blocks from the beach!!). I can’t wait to be in LA to eat amazing tacos and spot celebrities.
Q. Why did you decide to attend UCLA Anderson -- #whyAnderson?
A. I felt Anderson was the school that cared the most about its students. From the sky-high ratings of the Parker Career Center to the introduction of the Summer Quarter, it is evident that the students are #1 at Anderson. I also fit best with the vibe of Anderson student body. Everyone I have met is smart and talented while staying down-to-earth. They also are really well-rounded and lead interesting lives outside of the classroom. Last but not least, Los Angeles caught me in its spell, and I could not pass on the opportunity to live there. With Silicon Beach, a fantastic food scene, and amazing weather, who doesn’t want to move to LA?
Q. What are you most excited about at UCLA Anderson?
A. I’m excited to get involved with the Price Center for Entrepreneurship, ride my bike down The Strand, and trade the icy slopes of the East Coast for some West Coast powder at the annual Anderson Ski and Snowboard Trip.
Q. What are some UCLA Anderson clubs you're interested in joining?
A. Entrepreneur Association, Retail Business Association, Out@Anderson, Anderson Wine Club, Outdoor Adventure Club
Q. What did you do in the months leading up to starting UCLA Anderson?
A. I traveled to Seattle twice, once for the Forte Conference and once for a ROMBA (Reaching Out MBA) career trek for admitted students. I also went camping in Acadia National Park in Maine (where attached picture is from). Finally, I spent a lot of time seeing family and friends on the East Coast before I headed to LA.
Q. What is one thing you hope to accomplish by the end of your 1st year at Anderson?
A. Create a business plan for my venture.