This May, hundreds of Goizueta Business School graduates will walk out of our doors ready for the workforce. Continue to check out the stories of our amazing students all month long.

Growing up, Ria Puri 23BBA considered herself shy. Realizing her fear kept her from impactful conversations, experiences, and potential memories, when she decided to attend Goizueta, she crafted a new mantra for herself: do what scares you.

“If you go outside of your comfort zone, your comfort zone is going to grow to encapsulate this new experience,” Puri says. “The business program showed me that life is going to be scary, business school is scary, but if you do what scares you, challenge yourself and push yourself, you’ll slowly realize that your comfort zone just wasn’t big enough for your potential.”

Puri started pushing herself early on at Goizueta when she decided to double major in business and philosophy. She says the decision to pursue two degrees helped her bring a unique perspective to the classroom.

Ria Puri 23BBA

In addition to her studies, Puri soon discovered the importance of community and began pushing herself to get more involved around campus. During her senior year, Puri became the senior representative for the BBA Council where she solved problems within the senior class and helped organize events. Additionally, she served as president of the Student Program Council, which offers free events to all students across campus.

“When you’re constantly day after day programming to benefit student life, that’s something very impactful because you’re here for the betterment of the student experience,” Puri says. “You understand that everybody on campus is working towards the same goals. One thing that was very profound to me was being able to advocate with deans, the provost and student leaders about how we can make the student experience better for Emory.”

While Puri looks forward to moving on to her full-time job at McKinsey & Company in New York, she is taking her time to celebrate her final moments at Goizueta, something she says was encouraged.

“Something that the business school does so well is teaches students how to celebrate,” she says. “Through celebration, you build community. Goizueta does a great job of celebrating their students and keeping the morale up. That’s why I got involved…to help shape the culture. I wanted to help give back to the community through keeping the idea of celebration alive.”

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