Here to Win: Berenson Goes From Bangkok to Baton Rouge in Pursuit of his MBA
October 21, 2016
BATON ROUGE - Chase Berenson, a second-year student in the E. J. Ourso College of Business Flores MBA Program, didn't take the route most students do when coming to LSU to pursue a degree.
However, since his arrival, he's been able to use his real-world work experience to
help him excel in the classroom and take advantage of the resources LSU has to offer
in pursuing his goal of working in the global marketplace.
Why did you choose the Flores MBA Program?
My girlfriend and I originally moved to Baton Rouge from Bangkok so that she could pursue her PhD in the LSU English Department. Once we had moved here, I realized the opportunities that would be available to me in the Flores MBA Program. Furthermore, there aren't many opportunities in my ideal field in Baton Rouge, and I recognized that it would be a smart way to make dramatic progress in my career while living here.
Why choose global entrepreneurship and management consulting as your MBA specializations?
I started by choosing global entrepreneurship because I am excited to learn about international business practices and get experience in worldwide opportunities. I also chose to specialize in management consulting because the classes provide a great overview of many facets of the business world, and this specialization provides a great opportunity for real-world experience through the Consulting Field Project.
You recently completed a summer internship with the Baton Rouge Area Foundation? What was that experience like for you?
I worked as a strategic consulting intern for the Baton Rouge Area Foundation through the strength of the Flores MBA alumni network. Lauren (Crapanzano) Jumonville (Flores MBA '13) is a project manager for BRAF and when an opportunity opened in the office, she suggested that the organization look to hire a current MBA student. One thing led to another, and I got the opportunity to work with some of the best people in the city. I worked throughout the summer, and now I've dropped down to part-time to accommodate my classes.
I spent a lot of time working on animal welfare issues, both regionally and nationally. On a national scale, I helped an organization named Animal Grantmakers with a substantial amount of tax paperwork and filing for their 501(c)(3) status. On a local level, I helped the Companion Animal Alliance run their capital campaign throughout the summer. CAA will soon start construction on a new animal shelter right here on campus, which wouldn't have been possible without generous donors who love animals. By building a shelter on campus, CAA will be a nicer environment for the animals, be more accessible to potential adopters, be close to the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, and have thousands of potential student volunteers who could take some time out of their day to play with the puppies!
Do you think having prior work experience has given you an advantage in the Flores MBA Program?
I definitely think that my work experience has given me an advantage. Rather than only learning about concepts from discussions in class, I can analyze them through the lens of real-world scenarios that I've lived and worked through. Additionally, I believe that I have been able to foster stronger relationships with many of my professors because my work experience allows me to relate to them.
What are your plans after graduation?
I am hoping to get into international business consulting and expansion, with an eventual return to emerging markets. The world's emerging markets are fascinating places as they experience rapid transition and significant opportunities are opening up in emerging markets every day.
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