Ryma Bouchareb

Ryma Bouchareb

One-year MBA '16

Age: 31
Hometown: New York City
Education: Master Degree
Prior Employment: Roland Foods

Why I chose Johnson

Johnson is a place where you learn, grow, and make friends at a pace that you wouldn’t think possible.


September 17 2015

Being a Johnson Student and a Mom

BoucharebI am not going to lie…before starting the MBA program at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell, I was petrified. Am I going to be present for my one year old? What if he falls ill? How will I be able to care for him? What if I focus too much on building my Johnson network and not enough on being there for him? I also wondered how I was going to be able to maintain the pace of the program. Am I going to be set aside and not invited to social events because I have a baby? Of course, I was excited and thrilled to join Johnson. I was also very lucky to have my mother’s help but I was feeling guilty, scared, and doubtful.

BoucharebAfter a few days, I realized I was not the only mom at Johnson. That brought some reassurance. I was pleased to see how much my classmates were willing to work around my “mom schedule” by agreeing to organize group meetings so that I can spend time with my son before bedtime. As time went by, my fears began to subside and were gradually replaced by determination. I remembered what I came here for. I came here to grow. I came here for personal growth. I came here to become even more open-minded, to be a better manager, a better person… a better mother, too.

I was born and raised in Algeria. Considering where I came from and hard times endured during the civil war in the 90s, pursuing a Cornell MBA is huge. I want to make my family proud of me. More importantly, I want to be a role model for my son. I want to show him the importance of education, hard work, and perseverance. So, in a way, yes, Johnson is making me a better mom.


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