“By January, I felt confident to interview for brand management internships, and by May, I was prepared to begin my summer at Procter & Gamble.”
Faulk chose Kelley because of the sense of community she experienced and Kelley’s professional connections with top companies.
“Throughout my search, there was no other MBA program that seemed to fit better with my short- and long-term goals,” Faulk said.
Unrivaled academics build success
After coming to Kelley, Faulk was able to see the benefits she had compared to friends in other business programs. One benefit was the Academy experience integrated into the curriculum.
“I took my Academy experience for granted until Christmas break of my first year at Kelley when I reunited with friends who were attending other top business schools at the time,” said Faulk. “In our conversation, I realized that the integration of our Academy structure within the program was unrivaled. It became clear that our Academies reflect the commitment of Kelley's faculty and staff with years of industry experience to enhance the practical component of our education.”
Faulk learned many lessons during her Consumer Marketing Academy (CMA) experience. She discovered the fundamentals of consumer marketing as well as seemingly simple ideas that were crucial for success.
“The CMA reinforced the importance of having a point of view and being a smart decision maker in those situations where you have to digest a lot of contextual information quickly,” Faulk said.
Extracurricular activities round out the experience
Outside of the classroom, Faulk had many other memorable moments that helped her achieve her goals.
During her first year at Kelley, Faulk participated in GLOBASE India where she worked on a consulting project for Chinmaya Organisation for Rural Development (CORD), a nonprofit organization in rural northern India. Her experience with CORD encouraged her to step into a leadership role within the program the following year.
“Over the next year, the other four members of my leadership team and I were dedicated to helping drive change for CORD as well as carrying out our responsibility to challenge our student participants in a global business context,” Faulk said.
Faulk also helped introduce the Me, Inc. program to a new class of Kelley students. The experience showed her how much she had grown over the year.
“I realized how important the self-discovery process had been, the power of the network I had acquired and built, and how confident I now felt in my personal story and competence as a business professional,” Faulk said. “During those two weeks, I was proud to be at Kelley, and excited that I still had another year left in the program to grow even more.”