Valeria Morales

  • Degree Programme: Masters in Analytics and Management
  • Global Nationality: American/Colombian
  • Scholarship: Santander Scholarship

Education: Bachelors, UCLA, USA; graduated in 2020

Topic(s) studied: Statistics and Digital Humanities

Interested in: Technology

My greatest challenge when I applied to business school was: Deciding what schools and programmes were best for me

About me: I am from a Colombian family but was raised in Southern California. I completed my undergraduate studies in Los Angeles where I attained a Bachelors in Statistics with a minor in Digital Humanities from UCLA Honors College. While at UCLA, I was heavily involved on campus as a member of the Student Alumni Association for four years, a dancer on the UCLA Spirit Squad for two years, and a member of UCLA Radio where I had my own radio show for two years. I also worked for UCLA Library as an embedded inquiry specialist, where I helped students with research and writing, realising my love for working with people. I also interned at the New York Film Academy's Los Angeles campus, where I improved their course evaluation reporting tools and gathered/analysed research to propose a new student website. These two intensive projects opened my eyes to digital transformation and the importance of efficient technology.

Graduating into a pandemic meant restructuring my immediate plans so I moved back in with my parents, who had retired in Orlando, to begin studying for my GMAT in the hope of creating a global career in tech. I applied to business schools, worked at a fitness studio part time, and began interning remotely for a London-based startup called WorkClub, where I worked on client relations, social media marketing and product. I knew London Business School's Masters in Analytics and Management programme was perfect for me as it is the ideal intersection of analytics I had learned in undergraduate school with a practical business approach. It's giving me the tools and network to enter the UK tech industry and become an advocate for women and Latinas in STEM.

Three topics I can be approached about: Women in STEM; dance and fitness; scholarships/financing your studies

Email address: vmorales.mam2022@london.edu