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Rafael's Story

"The Merage School MBA program not only offers a solid academic foundation, but also allows me to develop invaluable, lifelong relationships with a network of dynamic business professionals and peers from all over the world."


Vital Statistics 

Full Name: Rafael Canseco
Graduating Year: 2012
Hometown: Queretaro, Mexico
Undergraduate and Previous Work Experience: Bachelor of Science in Electronic Systems Engineering, ITESM – Tec de Monterrey Campus Queretaro; Colgate Palmolive
MBA Focus: Marketing
Internship while in the Program: Adcirca Global Marketing, Eli Lilly and Company
Just for Fun: Surfing in Huntington Beach with my friends; going to Section 3 events; road trips to Vegas; riding my bike on Pacific Coast Highway; snowboarding in the nearby mountains; going to the movies; using my annual pass at Universal Studios; mixers at the Anthill; accounting class
OC Favorite Places: Huntington Beach Pier; Laguna Beach; Beachcomber at Crystal Cove; The Melting Pot; Irvine Spectrum Center; the blue tables at the Merage School building
  Small Community, Big Impact

My criteria for choosing an MBA program included three key elements: small class size, location and high quality curriculum. UC Irvine’s Merage School fit perfectly because it offers a personalized learning environment and outstanding faculty; the location in Irvine is ideal; and the MBA program continues to offer incomparable opportunities for networking. The Merage School’s stellar reputation speaks to the commitment of the faculty and staff to consistently raise the bar on the academic quality and global reach of the MBA experience, while preparing graduates to make a significant impact on the business world.
Embracing a New Life in Orange County

As an international student, I was a little intimidated at first to move to a new environment, but I quickly realized that the people in Orange County are warm and welcoming. The city is beautiful, clean and safe, with easy access to shopping, the beach, Disneyland and a wide range of recreational opportunities. In minutes, I can be out on my bike on Shady Canyon Trail or surfing in Huntington Beach.



“Working in a diverse group has helped me develop strong team-building skills, grow as a leader and built my understanding of how to thrive in a global business environment.”

Diversity Paves the Path to Understanding

The Merage MBA program is prized for its diversity of people and ideas. In addition to a healthy balance of men and women, the student body is comprised of different ethnicities, professions, beliefs, ages and preferences that contribute unique perspectives to the educational experience.

This diversity is also beneficial on a smaller scale. Coming from Mexico, I was excited to learn from classmates from different places. The four students in my work group range from 22 to 29 years old and come from all over, from California to China. Our professional backgrounds span from medical backgrounds to big-name accounting firms to city planning offices. Working in a diverse group has helped me develop strong team-building skills, grow as a leader and built my understanding of how to thrive in a global business environment. It has made the whole MBA experience richer, both individually and collectively.

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