This piece is brought to you in partnership with Queens University of Charlotte. Ricko Meckes, who will graduate in 2020 with an MBA from Queens McColl School of Business, gives his thoughts on pursuing his MBA and balancing life and school.
Ricko is an international student from Germany who had the opportunity to earn his MBA while competing as a Queens track & field athlete.
2018 was a big year for Ricko.
- He was recognized as the 2018 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Men’s Field Athlete of the Year.
2019 is shaping up to be a good year, too.
- He is scheduled to complete his MBA in August 2019, and graduate with the Class of 2020.
- He is soon to be a household face to the 400,000+ travelers per month who pass the prominent billboard on I-77 at Westinghouse Boulevard.
Ricko’s academic aptitude and athleticism made him a prime target for Queens unconventional ad campaign. After the photo shoot, we got to sit down and hear about Ricko’s MBA experience at Queens.
What motivated you to go to grad school, and why did you choose this area of study?
Being a track and field athlete gave me the opportunity to study in the U.S. My aim is to broaden my business-related skills like accounting, business analytics and marketing, and most importantly embrace the experience of studying in another country.
Why has Queens been the right fit for you?
My personal values and idea of leadership fit perfectly with Queens’ 3 Cs (Competence, Character, Community). I love the small size of the campus, which gives me the opportunity to develop strong relationships with students and even professors. The flexibility of this program helps me balance school, work and being on the track team with the option of a hybrid approach of on campus and online classes.
How has your degree helped stretch you, both professionally and personally?
I have become more aware of my own strengths and weaknesses and how to leverage them. This helps me both personally and professionally a lot. I appreciate the flexibility of the program to balance academics, sports and my own business.
The small classes and group projects make it really easy to network and build relationships. The Office of Leadership Initiatives offers networking events and opportunities to meet successful business leaders on campus who share their experiences.
How do you define the Queens community?
Value-oriented, personal, professional, encouraging, inspiring, authentic.
No matter what your trying to balance, Queens’ flexible MBA program can help you meet your stretch goals.
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