Dal­housie Univer­sity Rowe School of Busi­ness

There’s al­ways a creative side to the sciences

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Hope Scheller spent her un­der­grad­u­ate years at Cape Bre­ton Univer­sity, re­search­ing tech­nolo­gies to en­hance can­cer treat­ment with the in­ten­tion of later pur­su­ing a ca­reer in the med­i­cal field. But there was a lit­tle voice in­side of her that strug­gled to rec­on­cile her love of sci­ence with her strong at­trac­tion to the artis­tic world. With Dal­housie Univer­sity’s Cor­po­rate Res­i­dency MBA pro­gram, both of her pas­sions were able to come to­gether.

Her friend had a sim­i­lar back­ground as Scheller, and ad­vised her that the ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties fol­low­ing the CRMBA were out­stand­ing for a per­son like Scheller. Af­ter learn­ing more at a Rowe School of Busi­ness in­for­ma­tion ses­sion, she im­me­di­ately en­rolled in the pro­gram.

“This pro­gram has al­lowed me to de­velop both per­son­ally and pro­fes­sion­ally, and has al­lowed me to de­velop mean­ing­ful friend­ships with in­di­vid­u­als of di­verse back­grounds and skillsets. My peers mo­ti­vate and chal­lenge me every day,” says Scheller about the CRMBA pro­gram.

She had no prior back­ground in busi­ness, but many of her class­mates are in the same po­si­tion. And Scheller says she dis­cov­ered that they all ben­e­fit from their prior ex­pe­ri­ences and bring valuable, unique per­spec­tives to the pro­gram: “The pro­fes­sors know that ev­ery­one is com­ing from dif­fer­ent back­grounds, and they al­ter their teach­ing styles to help the stu­dents gain a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing. This is the op­por­tu­nity to learn, not to worry about what your back­ground may be.”

To help stu­dents un­fa­mil­iar with the busi­ness world, the CRMBA of­fers tra­di­tional busi­ness cour­ses such as fi­nance, cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity, mar­ket­ing and eco­nomics. The Per­sonal and Pro­fes­sional Ef­fec­tive­ness (PPE) class that is of­fered takes the stu­dents all the way through their de­gree, pre­par­ing them with soft skills that are crit­i­cal to their pro­fes­sional suc­cess, and even in their per­sonal lives.

“It’s been a valuable learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence so far,” says Scheller. “They teach us how to be­come bet­ter lead­ers, how to use our strengths to our ad­van­tage, how to be­come more com­pe­tent pro­fes­sion­als.”

In terms of the creative side of things, Scheller is cur­rently en­rolled in her eight­month Cor­po­rate Res­i­dency place­ment, work­ing with the Creative De­struc­tion Lab-At­lantic. CDL-At­lantic is lead­ing in ocean, clean and en­vi­ron­men­tal tech­nolo­gies to cre­ate a unique “blue-green” tech­nol­ogy stream. The Cor­po­rate Res­i­dency MBA stu­dents are di­rectly in­volved in this process, as they have the op­por­tu­nity to en­rol in the CDL class in their sec­ond year, pro­vid­ing as­pir­ing en­trepreneurs with the strate­gic in­sights they need to turn their re­search in­no­va­tions into high-growth com­pa­nies.

Scheller’s role as project co­or­di­na­tor puts her di­rectly in the mid­dle of the ac­tion, as­sist­ing with the suc­cess­ful ex­e­cu­tion of the At­lantic branch. She is re­spon­si­ble for var­i­ous mar­ket­ing strate­gies and lo­gis­ti­cal ac­tiv­i­ties, and aids in re­search­ing and sourc­ing highly in­no­va­tive tech-based com­pa­nies for next year’s co­hort.

“I am one mem­ber of a rel­a­tively small team, and the only stu­dent, but I’ve been given the chance to re­ally take own­er­ship of my work,” Scheller says. “I see my projects through to suc­cess­ful ex­e­cu­tion. At CDL-At­lantic I am treated as more than a stu­dent; I’m an im­por­tant con­trib­u­tor to the team.”

Be­tween her sup­port­ive team of men­tors at the Creative De­struc­tion Lab, and her pro­fes­sors who deeply care about her learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, Scheller is able to com­bine her love of both sci­ence and art to ex­press the best ver­sion of her­self.

“The great­est ex­pe­ri­ences that I have en­coun­tered have oc­curred be­cause I was will­ing to get un­com­fort­able. You have to be will­ing to rec­og­nize that each ex­pe­ri­ence is an op­por­tu­nity for growth, and with each mis­take you can learn some­thing about your­self and your ca­pa­bil­i­ties. You’re forced to do this in life re­gard­less, you might as well start now with the Cor­po­rate Res­i­dency pro­gram at Dal­housie.”

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