Danea Johnson
MBA | Monterey, California
EDUCATION
BA Film & Media Studies, BA Communication, University of California, Santa Barbara

OCCUPATION/FIELD
Graphic Design Instructor, Education, Green Dot Public Schools

ACTIVITIES & SOCIETIES

Vice President of Events, Drucker School Student Association (DSSA)


 

I instantly fell in love with the beautiful campus and, more particularly, how interdisciplinary and personal the MBA program was.

The ability to combine degrees or explore other disciplines gave me room to cultivate my other passions and merge them with business management.
 
Why did you choose the Drucker School?
As a product of the large UC system, where my first-year classes ranged from 200-500 students, I had minimal opportunity to gain personal feedback from my professors and often felt detached from my own education process. I realized that my future career depends on a more advanced, practice-based skill set and a stronger interaction with the faculty from whom I was learning.

Upon visiting CGU for an Open House event, I instantly fell in love with the beautiful campus and, more particularly, how interdisciplinary and personal the MBA program was. The ability to combine degrees or explore other disciplines gave me room to cultivate my other passions and merge them with business management. Students and faculty also remembered my name the first day of orientation, almost 6 months later!

How has the program benefited you so far?
Just in my first semester, I have already built lasting relationships with fellow students, faculty, and staff. My knowledge and understanding of case studies, basic accounting principles, the consulting process, marketing, and macroeconomics has grown tremendously, and I am not naturally mathematically inclined. I have participated in student club activities, group research projects, a case competition, and been offered opportunities for summer internships. All of this makes me excited for the opportunities to come and how I may take advantage of them.

Describe your experience in the classroom.
My experience in the classroom has been just about the opposite of what I experienced at UC Santa Barbara – in a good way. The professors encourage students to communicate regularly and on a first name basis while making a sincere effort to remember each of their students’ names. There is almost always a real-world application to theoretical ideas, and the group projects are heavily overseen and mentored. I also realized that each and every class that I have taken so far has connected in some way, whether it is a simple review of last semester’s accounting ratios or applying ideas from two different classes to complete a research project.

What are your career goals?
My career goals are to direct and operate a for-profit film studio which also serves as a designation for a non-profit film / television / radio program for at-risk youth. I also hope to endeavor into entrepreneurship for restaurant ownership and fashion licensing.

What are your favorite spots around Claremont?
I’m not telling! Haha actually there is no shortage of great spots in Claremont, both on and off campus. My favorite places to study are outside the library, the Burkle Building, and the stone tables inside Harper Hall. The food scene in Claremont is also superb; everything from authentic Italian to Vietnamese to classic American burgers with a twist.
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