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Community, Values, Faith, and…Business?

If you are reading this article, chances are you are considering pursuing an MBA degree at Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business. And if you are someone who loves community, values collaboration, and is looking to incorporate faith into your education, this just might be the perfect place for you.

Chelsea Lin (second from left) and classmates attending an MBA banquet in McLane Stadium

My name is Chelsea Lin and I have recently completed the MBA/MSIS program at Baylor University. I can confidently tell you that the last two years have been the best two years of my life filled with precious, unforgettable memories. My top priority in my school search was a Christian school which aligns with my personal belief that faith and business go hand in hand.

Next, the program had to be the right size: big enough to encourage diversity, yet small enough to foster relationships. An MBA alumni friend of mine convinced me that Baylor would be perfect for me. It turns out that she was absolutely right and I made the right choice in coming to Baylor.

During my time at Baylor, I actively volunteered with the Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP). In this program, we mentor inmates to prepare them for a new beginning by shaping them into men and women who provide for themselves and their families. This experience has taught me so much about loving my neighbors, trusting God, and holding onto my integrity. I also received an award from the Christian Ethics and Leadership in Business (CELEB). CELEB has helped me grow and shape my faith to become an ethical business manager and has given me a better perspective of what work is and how I should approach it.

Chelsea receiving her award with support from her MBA classmates

The professors consistently challenge students to think about the ethical implications of whatever business decisions we make. Our opinions may be influenced by our backgrounds and beliefs and we don’t always agree. However, everyone clearly understands right and wrong, and to me, this is the most important part. I was also inspired by many of the Christian business leaders who came to speak. Paul L. Foster shared his thoughts on keeping our ethical reputation. Aaron Graft of Triumph Bancorp spoke about using work as an act of worship. Henry Kaestner of Sovereign Capital inspired us to consider why we do what we do. These are all essential truths that we need for meaningful, God-glorifying work.

If you are someone who loves community and values collaboration while looking to incorporate faith into your education, Baylor might be the perfect place for you.

My time at Baylor has been so precious because of the relationships that I cultivated. The MBA program is like a big family, complete with the moms (Lara Vaughan & Chelsea Derry) and the dad (Dr. Kayworth). All the facilities and support services are designed to boost students’ academic success. You will find your greatest help and support system here, especially with the Career Management Team.

As an international student, I know firsthand how hard it is to find internships and employment. It gets stressful and the NOs can be discouraging, but my energy comes from knowing that these people are rooting for me and that they will do everything they can to help me succeed. The faculty members care about the students and always make themselves available for any of your questions; another benefit of the small class size.

Chelsea and MBA classmates bonding at a Bachelor watch party

Many of the students are currently at the same stage of life, and after spending so much time together, they have become the closest people that I have besides my family. We celebrate birthdays and babies and do life together – dinner after team meetings, Bachelor watch parties, Bear Cycle classes, soccer, game nights, and even line dancing on weekends. We may be competing in class or have disagreements in group projects, but everything is forgotten the moment we step out of the classroom. These are the people you’d call when you need to make a trip to the ER in the middle of the night.

All I can say is there is every single person you will meet at Baylor wants you to succeed, because they all care about you.

You are going to love it here. Sic ’em Bears!

Editor’s Note: Since the writing of this post, Chelsea started a full-time position with Weaver. Chelsea worked as an intern at Weaver while in the program and was hired as an associate in Weaver’s IT Advisory Services upon graduation from Baylor’s MBA/MSIS programs. Chelsea performs compliance services on security and financial reporting controls for SOC and SOX reporting.

To learn more about Chelsea Lin’s impact during her time at Baylor, and learn more about her story, click here.

Check out this blog post from Jeff Braswell where he discusses the Baylor MBA/MSIS program that he went through with Chelsea. 

About Baylor’s MBA Programs

Baylor’s MBA Programs are designed strategically for professionals looking to take their careers to the next level in leadership. Rigorous MBA classes taught by dedicated faculty and industry experts offer both theoretical knowledge and the practical skills required to succeed in modern global business. Wherever you are in your career today, Baylor has an MBA program to fit your lifestyle and move you toward your professional goals: Full-Time MBA, Executive MBA in Dallas, Executive MBA in Austin, and an Online MBA.

Prospective candidates can learn more about all Baylor MBA programs by visiting the Baylor MBA website:

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