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Karen b+w


I finished my undergraduate degree in 2003 and had often considered an MBA – I liked the breadth of study and the fact that I could apply what I studied to my own role just as easily as someone in a different role or sector. It was an easy decision to study at Suffolk, the content of the MBA was exactly what I was looking for, and it definitely met all of my expectations.

However, the bit that really made a difference for me was meeting an incredible groups of friends. Diane, Hannah, Jeff, Nataliya and Stuart were also studying part-time, and we met in our first week at the induction session. We started spending time with one another at breaks and between classes, often having dinner together, and helping each other on group projects. I’ll never forget sitting with Hannah in the University at 11pm one evening as we finished our group project!

We shared such a lot of laughs and helped each other through all of the ups and downs of studying while working and managing our family lives. We started our MBA in 2014 and graduated in 2017 and 2018, and our friendship has remained strong. We still meet for dinner or cocktails, we give one another advice as we navigate changes in our jobs, and we support each other in everything we do.

The MBA has been good for each of us in different ways, but our friendship was one of the most enjoyable parts of studying, and I continue to be grateful that we all chose to start our MBA at the same time. 

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