Daniela ChitaMS•MBA in Information Systems, Concentrations: Strategy & Innovation, Entrepreneurship Cluj, Romania
Questrom’s, “supportive, friendly and nurturing culture, where people help each other to grow and learn rather than be unproductively competitive,” was what made the MBA program most appealing.
For Daniela Chita, BU is in the family. But she can’t take full credit for being the first in the family to “discover” it. Her sister, who is pursuing a PhD at BU, beat her to that. “Visiting her I got acquainted with BU, and instantly fell in love with its youthful, dynamic vibe, the awesome blend between tradition and innovation. Just walking down Commonwealth Ave through the Charles River Campus you could feel this great energy passing by people who looked like they were about to do great things.”
She explains that Questrom’s, “supportive, friendly and nurturing culture, where people help each other to grow and learn rather than be unproductively competitive,” was what made the MBA program most appealing.
After earning an undergraduate degree in International Business from Webster University in Vienna, Chita returned to Romania and began her career as a business analyst in the automotive industry. After working in this role she had the opportunity to start her very own car dealership and ran the business herself as manager. She ultimately decided to come to Questrom because she firmly believes, “that technology and innovation are the solutions to a strong economy and to adding value to the world through business.” Adding value to this world is something that is close to Chita’s—and Questrom’s—heart, “I get silly emotional whenever we discuss cases of successful technology products that revolutionize industries and business models. That’s where I see myself: at the forefront of the information systems business.” She says that Questrom is offering her, “a strong foundation to reach from. An aspect that is tremendously valuable about the program is that it helps you understand both the business and technology side of the equation.”
Questrom has already given her invaluable job experience. She was lured into the start-up world by Tagup, a Boston software company in the Industrial Internet of Things. She says, “Working for a startup is very interesting and refreshingly different from any other kind of job: you get to do a little bit of everything and you learn a lot.” She also participated in the MassChallenge consulting project with a startup which gave her the opportunity to work with a real client. The StratSim project, where students are locked in a room for three days working on a failing simulated company and getting it to take over the industry, was one of the most intense experiences she’s had at Questrom.
This real-world learning aspect of Questrom is what Chita loves most. She says, “projects don’t feel like just projects, they are the most real learning experiences that you could conceive of in an education setting. You learn so much about who you are, who your teammates are and what your leadership style is. You emerge with a whole new perspective on what you’re made of and what you can do.”