Sofia Aliste, Tech MBA 2024
Universidad del Desarrollo
- Pre-MBA Employer
Tech Product Management
Stern Women in Business, Entrepreneurship & Startup Association, Stern Technology Association, Latin American Business Association
Why did you decide to pursue the focused one-year MBA program?
I decided to pursue the focused one-year MBA program because I have a clear vision for my career and a strong desire to pivot from consumer electronics to digital tech. This transition requires me to acquire technical skills and deepen my knowledge in the tech industry. The one-year Tech MBA program offered a compelling opportunity to expedite this career shift and consolidate my expertise.
How did you find a sense of community and support within Stern?
It is amazing! From the admin. staff, professors, classmates, and alumni–everyone makes you feel part of a community, part of something bigger. It is amazing how you can write to any Sternie and they will always respond. There is a sense of belonging and giving back that everyone has.
How would you describe the culture and community within your class?
Finding a community of people who are passionate about the same things as you is a rare gift. Even though we all have different career paths, we are all united by our shared interest in tech. This makes our class discussions rich and rewarding, and it allows us to grow as a group. During the fall semester, everyone chooses different electives, but when we cross paths in the hallway, there's always a smile and a friendly greeting.
What was your favorite class at Stern?
My favorite class at Stern was Economics with Professor Joseph Foudy. He has a highly interactive teaching style and always has engaging examples to illustrate economic concepts. Although I had taken Economics in my undergraduate studies, Professor Foudy's approach was unique and effective, making it accessible to students of all experience levels.
What has been a highlight of your Stern experience?
Starting the databases and data coursework was scary, and SQL seemed difficult at first. But when I finally understood SQL, it was a huge accomplishment. It showed me that I could grow and learn new things. It also made me a better professional. Overcoming my fear of SQL taught me that it's important to step outside of my comfort zone and face challenges head-on.
Why did you choose NYU Stern?
I chose NYU Stern because of its smaller, tech-focused MBA program and its unique immersive approach, which provides practical experiences in NYC and Silicon Valley. Equally important, I was drawn to NYU Stern's emphasis on collaboration and community. Through interactions with MBA candidates and alumni, I discovered that the school's ethos aligned with my own values; the idea that classmates are not competitors but collaborators was a philosophy I deeply resonated with and found to be a unique and essential aspect of the NYU Stern experience.
What advice do you have for prospective students?
Remember your pre-MBA goals and why you're here. During the MBA journey, you'll be bombarded with opportunities to join clubs, attend recruiting events, explore different career paths, socialize with classmates, and more. Learn how to prioritize your time or you will get burnout. It's easy to get sidetracked, but it's important to stay focused on your goals and make every experience count.
How has Stern’s location in NYC impacted your experience?
New York City, a global epicenter of business and innovation, offers Stern students an unparalleled array of opportunities, from internships and jobs to networking events. Its remarkable diversity not only enriches the student body but also exposes us to a multitude of perspectives both within and outside Stern. Furthermore, the city's vibrant culinary scene and countless entertainment options ensure that there's always something exciting to explore and enjoy.