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Tuck Bridge Stories: Darlene Campos

Tuck Bridge Stories: Darlene Campos

Tuck Bridge exceeded my expectations, and has been perhaps the most rewarding career decision I’ve made thus far. 

Darlene Campos is a 2012 graduate of Wheaton College where she double majored in Anthropology and Psychology. Darlene attended the inaugural December Bridge Program in 2014. This is her story:

I had a bit of an unconventional road to Tuck Bridge, but it was a path that ultimately helped dramatically accelerate my career.

When I applied to Bridge I was working as a media director at a rapidly growing startup. I was almost two years out of school and working at a job that I loved, but there was something missing. Like many of my peers with social science backgrounds, I had the wit and skill set to perform well at my job, but I was missing the practical business skills that would help take my career to the next level.

On the job training is in invaluable and a great way to slowly begin building a strong business acumen. That being said, in a startup environment you often need to be the expert in a variety of different areas. This was especially apparent to me when interacting with owners and investors. Even though I had the eye and instinct to make appropriate recommendations regarding our company’s digital strategy, I also needed to learn how to put numbers around our decisions and our successes. I knew I needed to sharpen my analytical skills in order to continue to succeed in this environment and in preparation for my next role.

I had first heard about Tuck Bridge from a Tuck Alum while discussing my interest in pursuing and MBA down the road. I was initially attracted to the coursework and strong community at Tuck. It sounded like it would help give my career the strong business edge that I needed down the road.

Tuck Bridge exceeded my expectations, and has been perhaps the most rewarding career decision I’ve made thus far. The structure of the program had a great blend of classroom and experiential learning, led by passionate and energetic professors who were genuinely invested in our success. The community at Bridge really can’t be beat. It was inspiring to be surrounded by such sharp, self-motivated, and talented peers, many of whom I am lucky to call friends today.  

Shortly after Bridge I transitioned into a new role in management consulting–a transition that would traditionally have a steep learning curve for someone coming from a more creative field. The skills developed during Bridge allowed me to succeed in this new industry. I came into my new role with the hard analytical skills essential to my role, and soft skills that have allowed me to form strong professional relationships with both peers and clients.

Whether in marketing, digital media, or management consulting, Bridge gave me the skills and confidence to succeed in any business environment. 

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Tuck Bridge Stories: Goodwill Batalingaya

Tuck Bridge Stories: Goodwill Batalingaya

Goodwill Batalingaya is a Dartmouth Class of 2016 and studied Applied Mathematics. On campus, Goodwill has served as the Student Director for the Dartmouth Center for Service as well as the President of the Dartmouth Minorities in Business Association (DMBA). He has professional experience at Eli Lilly & Co.; Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.; J.P. Morgan Asset Management’s Undergraduate Launching Leaders, and OTR Global LLC. Goodwill plans to pursue a career in private equity. This is his story:

The Tuck Business Bridge Program was among the most challenging and rewarding things I’ve been a part of during my time as an undergraduate. At the start of the program, we were promised that at the end of three weeks, we would walk out of the program transformed further by “Bridge experience;” that we would each develop skills in business analysis, and that we would connect with our Bridge classmates and team members in very deep and meaningful ways.

If you are anything like me, this was a lofty promise to deliver in just three weeks. After week one, through our various group activities and conversations, I realized that my group members and fellow “Bridgers” were among the most fun-loving, humble, and intellectually gifted individuals I may have ever met. By week two, with each of us having chosen our final projects, our competitive spirits showed as we strove to be the best Bridge groups of past, present, and future. By week three, thanks to the tangible skillsets we had each gained, I could see the fire in each of us; a renewed confidence in our abilities to reinvent the world and to ultimately to tackle the issues we cared most about. Every single day was a laugh shared, every class was knowledge gained, every discussion was a new perspective learned. The Tuck Business Bridge Program reawakened a passion in me for business, social issues, and the world at large. And I would not trade that experience for anything else.

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Introducing our new Marketing Intern: Megan Morris

Introducing our new Marketing Intern: Megan Morris

Hi everyone! I am Megan Morris, and I am a ’19 at Dartmouth College with a major in Economics and a Bridge ‘16. I have just joined the Tuck Bridge Team as the Marketing Intern. I will be managing things like social media, data collection, and blog posts. My goal is to make our social media timely, consistent, and engaging. I was interested in this position because I wanted to have a real hands-on experience using my skills in business I developed at the Bridge program. I was drawn to the incredible community of Tuck, and I wanted to be a part of it!

Attending Bridge as a sophomore was a bit intimidating. I had not taken many upper level Economics classes, nor had any real business experience. I went into Bridge eager to learn something about business, and potentially have a clearer vision as to what career I wanted to pursue. The business world intrigued me, but I really knew nothing about it.

Introducing our new Marketing Intern: Megan Morris

By far the biggest challenge for me during Tuck Bridge was the final corporate valuation project. This project pushed us to apply the concepts we had learned in our courses to valuate a publicly traded company. My team selected a supply-side business, a very unique choice compared to the norm. Our ambitious choice continued to push us harder every step of the way. We struggled to meld as a group and spent long hours revisiting ideas, but when it came time to present, we absolutely nailed it. I remember sitting in my seat absolutely beaming at my partners while they perfectly presented the slides we put hours into.

My favorite part of Bridge was the people. The energy that the professors, TAs, and my fellow students brought to the program made it great. The professors - Robert Hansen, Julie Lang, Leslie Robinson, and Vijay Govindarajan just to name a few - made me excited to go to class and tackle things like Corp Fin and Accounting. Everyone was extremely motivated to master all of the courses and projects (even without reported grades). Meal-times were spent having intelligent discussion with people who were motivated and passionate. In this vibrant community, I made friends and connections that I will keep for the rest of my life.

I look forward to spending more time in Tuck and working with the great people here!

Fun fact about me: I really love music. I have been to over 100 concerts in my life!

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