Education really does open up the door to a better tomorrow. After studying hard
for years, Matt not only earned his MBA, but his dreams of climbing the corporate ladder became his new reality. Success didn't come easily, but the hard work on his path there was sure worth it.

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As a child, did you see yourself pursuing higher education?

In high school, I don’t think the choices I made were the right ones for me and my means of my education. I was not sure on my college choices, I wasn’t focused on what I wanted to do, so I didn’t know where to go. I would have worked harder. The means of my MBA came after, because I had more to offer to toward school.

What drove you to go get your masters?

After college I was working and seeing the path that I would go down, and I realized that’s not what I wanted to do. The quality of life wasn’t that good. My major in college wasn’t that competitive- I couldn’t branch out and do more. So that’s how figured out to be more competitive I had to go back to get my masters. If wanted to get a better job and make more money, I had to go back. It was money driven.

By pursuing your dream to get your masters, do you think it’s put on track for that better life?

It’s not where I thought I was going to go. The job I have right now made me realize more about myself. I thought I was going into marketing- not in the field of real estate. I thought I wanted to do one thing, but after taking all these jobs, I realized there were parts of my pervious jobs with my undergrad career that I liked. So now my MBA has gotten me to a different position that allows me to enjoy those aspects of my previous career, but with a more business focus. And now, I am with a company that values my MBA.

Did you think you had to go back and pursue your masters to get to where you are today?

I think I did, I wouldn’t be in the position I am in today. I don’t think I would be on this career path, I am in an advantage over others because I went back to get my MBA. I think I got hired because I have my MBA.

What will come back to you because of this pursuit of your MBA?

In my interview for my current job, they asked why I went back to get my MBA. You look at upper management and you see those who have advance degrees. I work in a company that has individuals that have the experiences in what I have plus advance degrees, and I see myself on that path.

What went into going back to get this degree? What sacrifices did you make?

The time in life I went back to get it helped. I was 26, I didn’t have kids, a wife or properties. I didn’t have anything I couldn’t stop. It allowed me to set aside two years and go back full time. I didn’t have any debt from my undergrad, so I was pretty much free to stop working full time and focus to the next two years on that degree.