Matthew Nehr
Major: Information Systems Management
Graduation Date: May 2019
Hometown: Bethel Park, PA

Why did you choose Duquesne University?

I chose Duquesne because it is close to home, but I still feel like I'm away from home and on my own. I really like the size of the school as well, I feel like I know everyone in my class in the business school but it is big enough that I am always meeting new faces. I also enjoy the ease of meeting with professors, they make themselves readily available for students.

What do you think is the most valuable asset of your program?

I think the alumni are incredibly valuable. The supply chain program seems to have alum in nearly every company downtown, and when the company sees how prepared Duquesne students are for the task at hand, they are more willing to hire the graduates. They also are great at helping you get your foot in the door.

What is the most important skill set that you are learning?

I think my critical thinking skills have improved greatly. In supply chain things are bound to go wrong and it is how you react to those adversities and how quickly you solve the problem that separates you from the rest.  At Duquesne we are always working through scenarios in class and it teaches you how to think on your feet.

Is there anything else that you would like to share about yourself?

I'd just like to say that when I came to Duquesne I was overwhelmed and incredibly shy, but I think it is very important to find something you are passionate about and to surround yourself with people who are successful at it and to learn from their experiences and create experiences of your own. It is also important to note that nothing will ever just be handed to you here.  The classes are tough, but they teach you how to work hard and it is incredibly satisfying to do well when you know you put in the time and effort. Work hard now before you wished you worked harder tomorrow.