Allison Perri NewmanPublic & Nonprofit MBA* Farmville, Virginia
“I am constantly entertained, supported, and inspired by my classmates. All of my favorite experiences are based around the general amazingness of these folks.”
*Renamed Social Impact MBA beginning in 2018
It makes sense that someone who plans to devote her life to service and helping people would be especially attuned to the social dynamics of Questrom.
“When I first toured BU,” says Allison Perri Newman, “a second-year MBA student really touted the importance of community at Questrom School of Business, and emphasized that the dynamic of your class was just as important as the curriculum. As we walked through the halls of Questrom, she spoke to many of her classmates, a sign to me that, indeed, the people I’d be surrounding myself with for the next two years would make the biggest difference in my experience.”
Now that she’s a student, she finds that even more to be true. “It is so invigorating to surround yourself with folks that share your values, as diverse as your backgrounds and experiences may be.”
It’s not just her cohort that’s important, though. Like other Questrom students, Newman finds it valuable that she can adapt the curriculum to fit her degree goals—even extending to the University’s other schools. “Next semester, I’ll be taking courses outside of Questrom that are tailored to what I want to pursue professionally. I’m extremely excited for the Boston Urban Symposium and Urban Transportation Policy electives offered through BU’s Metropolitan College.”
Newman stays busy outside of the classroom, too, serving as vice president of communications for the Public and Nonprofit Club, and vice president of Marketing for Cohort Q, the LGBT club at Questrom. She even did a summer internship for the City of Boston in the Mayor’s Office of Women’s Advancement, where she was strategic advisor on special projects. In that role she helped to organize the Boston Call to Action for Prevention of Sexual Assaults on College Campuses, which included representatives from 24 area universities and colleges, the Boston Police Department, and the Mayor’s Office of Women’s Advancement. The goal of the project was to begin a discussion on how the City of Boston can be the best resource to keep students safe.
Even with all this experience working with other people, it’s clear that, for this native Virginian, an MBA is a ticket to something bigger. “I aspire to connect and empower Bostonians by providing them with the resources necessary to live fulfilled lives. I aim to make this amazing city an integral part of each Bostonian’s success story.”