Tyrae Rivers

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background.

I am 27 and an Air Force veteran of eight years. I completed my undergrad at CU Denver and have lived in Aurora most of my life. I currently work in sales for a technology company in downtown Denver.

Why did you decide to pursue your master’s?

I genuinely enjoy learning. I read every day on the light rail to work and wanted to put this passion for learning toward an advanced degree. I began a career in sales with no sales background after leaving the Air Force, so I figured an MBA would be the best route to take.

How has what you’ve learned in the program impacted the work you are currently doing? How will it prepare you to be a leader in your industry?

So far I have received a basic understanding of econ, which has helped me with pricing in the work I’m currently doing. The microeconomic half of the course directly relates to the supply and demand of our products and service. The ethics course gave me tools to use in the future when faced with tough decisions where the answer is not necessarily right vs. wrong, but right vs. right—picking the better of the two “right” decisions.

What has your experience collaborating with classmates in an online environment been like?

It’s been great. There are various tools the instructors have at their disposal to ensure an interactive online environment. Group or one-on-one breakout rooms where you have a chance to specifically talk to other classmates is one example.

Tell us about your experience at the immersion.

The immersions are a fantastic way to meet and connect with your classmates in person. The first night is a friendly social gathering that allows classmates to put a physical face to a digital image. The instructors and dean in attendance were all very friendly, and the food was delicious.

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