Editor’s Note: Each week we will publish an interview with the SMBA ’14 Student of the Week. The winner of the Student of the Week (awarded by the previous winner) sits in the front row of class and proudly displays a flag of his or her choice on the famous Tez statue. Carlos Maldonado is our next winner in part due to his exemplary efforts helping his classmates in his strongest subject, accounting.
Dominic Lucq: You were awarded the Student of the Week in part because of your willingness to help others. Why did you feel compelled to help your classmates with Accounting?
Carlos Maldonado: I imagine the Tez was awarded to me based on the help I provided in the group tutoring session at my house and later for the cohort in the classroom. This help was done without feeling compelled. It would have been unnatural to sit back and not provide to my cohort my specific knowledge from experiences in the accounting industry. My parents were educators and I’ve trained many while working – so the SDSU’s S-MBA cohort environment has been a perfect fit to both learn and teach/help others.
DL: What are some things/lessons/habits you have learned from your classmates in this first month of classes?
CM: I have seen some amazing functions in Excel and PowerPoint presentation which have blown me away – knowing my classmates earlier in my career would have really helped me in my past work life. I’ve seen some amazingly impressive professional drive from students without any professional experience. I am inspired by the willingness to leave one’s comfort zone in the pursuit of “the potential.” It is a great group to be partnered with going forward. It has only been 6 weeks and I am already proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with my cohort.
DL: We have had a lot of speakers come in during the first month, what are some of the lessons you have drawn from them?
CM: My takeaways are how the steady, methodical and driven mindset will take us far in our future as opposed to a flashy over-the-top approach. The path we have chosen might is best traveled after confidence, planning and integrity.
DL: What are you looking for in the next Student of the Week?
CM: I am looking for someone who has stepped up out of their typical comfort zone and grown within themself already. I enjoy seeing professionals reap the rewards of their efforts – especially when the reward is the unexpected acknowledgment that others are noticing and are impressed. Therefore, I am looking forward to presenting Tez to our next the Student of the Week.