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Meet Our Graduate Students in Business

July 1, 2010

Rupert Pond and Alkida Shtembari discuss how Lehman's new Master of Science in Business program has enabled them to continue working, while gaining a leg up on their careers.

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When I first heard about this Masters in Science of Business program, I was very excited. I knew that it'd be done the right way. I knew that the degree from Lehman with this would mean something. And I really wanted to get in on the ground floor. And really be part of the opening class. I'm in the first cohort of students.

I'm currently an electric design engineer for the electric company. Basically, that entails controlling the flow of electricity from place to place, analyzing how it moves, trying to get it to move more efficiently, faster, better.

I think I really became interested in field at the undergraduate level. One of my majors is economics. And when I found out I'd be able to expand upon the knowledge that I previously gained, and really focus and hone in on that particular industry, on that particular-- skill set, you know, it was really, I really looked forward to it.


The way the program is structured, it really allows for someone to work and go to school at the same time. Well, I think the degree would definitely help me achieve any sort of long-term goal I have.


I'm proud to say that Lehman is my second family. I'm a financial aid counselor. I enjoy working with students. I believe that this program-- will give me a solid foundation and knowledge. So, I can be ready to face the job market.

My beginnings here at Lehman College was back in 2000 when I was pursuing my B.A. I-- originally from Albania. I came in the country back in 1999 with my family-- looking for the American dream, and also to make my father's dream come true, which was going to college.


I like to actually work with numbers. And I see the program as a challenge. It's so well-structured and so well-organized. You start taking the four core course requirements and then after you successfully complete them (NOISE), you concentrate it in your area. So-- this challenge is a drive for me to continue further and become somebody better. As a matter of fact, my long-term career goal is to become a professor in economics.