Paulina CarpenterMS•MBA in Information Systems, Health Sector Mexico City, Mexico
Paulina Carpenter comes to BU after getting her bachelor’s degree in computer systems for management in Mexico. After that, she worked for three years in business consulting as an analyst and then transitioned to the healthcare industry with Johnson & Johnson Medical, where she worked in strategic marketing for two years.
With that kind of experience, why did she come all the way to (often chilly) Boston? “I chose to pursue the MS•MBA Health Sector Management degree,” Carpenter says, “because I believe that integrating technology in my business education will position me better to address current business challenges. Technology touches every side of the business, and to understand how current technology trends are changing business models, especially in health care, will add great value to my professional career.”
The MS•MBA degree (now the MBA+ MS in Digital innovation) is just one of many valuable opportunities she’s found at BU. During her first year she was part of the Health Sector Management Association and attended the student-led West Coast Trek. She also participated in a couple of case competitions. This year, she’s a member of the Graduate Student Council and will be attending the India Field Seminar, where she’ll meet with members of health-related organizations from around the world. She’s even working on consulting projects with a pharmaceutical company and a risk management company.
Yet for all that, the most valuable experience for Carpenter has been the people she’s met at Questrom. “I came to visit the school before choosing to enter the program, and when I met the people here, it felt like home. People are really open and warm. I didn’t feel like a stranger during the two days I was here. And that reassured me that BU was my best choice.”