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Prospanica Interview with MBA Candidate Bryan Candelario Román

Bentley University MBA candidate and Discover Bentley participant Bryan Candelario Román was recently interviewed by one of our leading diversity partners Prospanica, who's mission is to empower and enable Hispanic professionals to achieve their full educational, economic, and social potential. Read on to learn more about Bryan's connection with Prospanica and journey to Bentley University.

Tell us about yourself. 

My name is Bryan Candelario Román, I'm from Juncos, Puerto Rico. I completed my undergrad in Universidad Ana G. Méndez Cupey Campus (UAGM) where I studied Entrepreneurial Management. During my time as an undergrad, I was a part of many student organizations, such a Mentores Empresariales, where we helped and provided support to students in their business courses. Also, I was part of Enactus UAGM Cupey, where we developed workshops for projects that integrated economic, social, and environmentally sustainable topics intending to bring communities together. I believe that these experiences shaped me to become the leader that I am today. As a result, I'm passionate about business and have the perseverance to complete my MBA at Bentley University, McCallum Graduate School. 

What made you decide to pursue higher education? 

My parents, friends, and professors motivated me to pursue higher education. Everyone of them guided me and encouraged me to get out of my comfort zone. As a result, I pushed myself to the limit. My support group motivated me to encourage other students, colleagues, and people like me to go out of their comfort zone and achieve their aspirations. 

What convinced you to apply with one of our University Program Partners? 

When I attended the 2019 Prospanica Career Fair, I was undecided about entering the professional world or continuing my studies. A mentor introduced me to one of the Prospanica Partners, Bentley University, offering business and analytics programs. I was so excited about the opportunities and to be the first in my family to pursue a master's degree. While at the conference, I learned about scholarship opportunities. Through my involvement with the Prospanica Puerto Rico chapter I was able to keep informed about the partnership with Bentley University.

Almost one year later, I received this fantastic opportunity to enroll in the Discover Bentley program. While attending the event, they told me about the Dual Degree program, in which you can share four courses to complete an MBA and MS. I said to myself, this is the opportunity of a lifetime. I must take advantage of the scholarships and opportunities that Prospanica and Bentley University has offered.

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