Full-Time MBA Program
Alison's Story
"From fine-tuning my MBA skill set through my NBC Universal internship to broadening my horizons through international exposure to building confidence through faculty interaction, the Merage School's MBA program gave me a wealth of opportunities to become a versatile and well-rounded professional."
Vital Statistics

Full Name: Alison Mijares
Graduating Year: 2011
Hometown: Huntington Beach, California
Undergraduate and Previous Work Experience: Bachelor of Science in International Economics, University of California, Los Angeles and JD, University of San Francisco School of Law; Manatt; Phelps & Phillips, LLP
MBA Focus: Finance
Internship while in the Program: Participations Department in Financial Contracts Administration, NBC Universal
Position upon Graduation: MBA Rotational Program, Bank of America Home Loans & Insurance
Extracurricular Activities: Executive Mentoring Program; Study Abroad Program at HEC, Paris, France; VP of Finance for various Merage clubs; Business Plan Competition; ACG Cup Case Competition
Just for Fun: Watching period-piece movies; chasing new technology; reading Scandinavian mystery novels; going to the Anteater Recreation Center (ARC); swimming; shopping in the Garment District in downtown Los Angeles
OC Favorite Places: Crystal Cove in Laguna Beach; Taco Tuesday at Taco Surf in Sunset Beach; Dog Beach in Huntington Beach; lots of great eateries in Newport Beach

  Faculty Leaves an Impression

The professor that made the biggest impression on me was Zheng Sun, Professor for Derivatives. I was already fascinated with derivative financial instruments before taking the class, but Professor Sun unlocked the hidden elegance of these vehicles. She taught us not only the concepts and theories but also real-world strategies of how to implement derivatives for our organizations.
Learning in an International Arena

By living in a completely different environment, I gained a greater sense of perspective, I discovered that different cultures approach problems in very different ways, and I learned a lot about my values and goals in life. After meeting MBA students from all over the U.S. and the world, I realized that my education and experiences at the Merage School have been second to none.
“After meeting MBA students from all over the U.S. and the world, I realized that my education and experiences at the Merage School have been second to none.”
  A Seamless Transition to a New Career

The decision to make a career switch, especially when I was already established in a profession, was a personal one that required a lot of thought. I came into the Merage School largely knowing where I wanted to be, but I needed guidance to arrive there. Because I was changing careers from law to finance, I knew I’d have to leverage every advantage, opportunity and resource the Merage School had to offer.


The Merage School coursework and faculty fully prepared me for the transition, while the MBA Career Center helped me focus my job search and emphasize my transferable skills. Through it all, the Merage School alumni and my fellow classmates have been my unfailing network.


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