Miranda Pena ’23

Miranda Pena ’23

Hometown

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

What do you enjoy about project management? 

It’s all about doing things better and more efficiently. There are so many things that we do on a daily basis that have a formal project management process; it’s been so cool to learn that. PM classes are literally my favorite. 

How did you choose your major? 

I was looking to find what combination of things could help me work in the nonprofit sector. I organized lots of fundraisers back home, and when I took my first project management class, I realized everything I’ve been doing to run those is actually a career. It’s something I love and have been doing all along.  

How would you describe the Bryant community? 

I really love the teaching education system here. The teachers know you, and it’s so easy to get help and get to know people. I thought I wanted a huge school, but it’s nice to see familiar faces every day. Even then, you still get to know new people all the time.  

How has Bryant prepared you for the future? 

I got an internship by asking faculty for connections to nonprofits, since that’s where I’ve always wanted to work. I started in the fall at Skills for Rhode Island’s Future, working in the disability program to help train people for jobs. They offered me a full-time position after graduation as a junior operations project manager. I’ll be working with high school students, to connect them to internships and run them through a boot camp to get them ready.  

What advice would you give to incoming international students? 

Going to my professor and asking, “Do you have any connections?” is what led to the most opportunities for me. Networking has been my lifesaver.

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Brandan Coward '24
Brandan Coward ’24

“I knew I wanted to do something with business, and I always liked being in a leader-type of role. Then my minor is biotechnology. … I could manage a hospital from a business perspective.”

Nidhi Murli ’21, ’23 MBA
Nidhi Murli ’21, ’23 MBA

“When you come to a new country as an international student, you don’t know anything. The culture is completely different. Bryant has been great because I never felt homesick or bored. My professors helped me gain confidence. They helped me find my place at Bryant and made me who I am today.”

Colby Phillips '23
Colby Phillips ’23

“One of the things I’m thankful for about my Bryant education is being able to develop as a leader and learn a lot about actuarial mathematics throughout my four years. The faculty and staff here have really supported me in my learning and my development. They want you to succeed and help you become an expert in your profession.”