Alumni Profile: Jesse Mejia ’97


It is my pleasure to bring back Alumni Profiles. I think this is great way to get to know what our alums are doing. If you have someone we should profile please let us know!

1. Please introduce yourself, the year you graduated, and what was your major when you graduated?

My name is Jesse Mejia, class of 1997, majored in Speech Communications, now called Communications and Rhetorical Studies.

2. What was your Syracuse University experience like when you attended?

My Syracuse experience was truly incredible.  I made lifelong friends, developed a passion to be inquisitive, and I was able to balance my academics with a healthy dose of social fun.  I became heavily involved in student government, was elected to be SU’s first Latino president of the Student Government Association, and I am a proud hermano of La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc.

3. What did you do post-SU?

After SU, I earned my MBA from Georgetown University and I currently wear two professional hats.  During the day, I am the head of corporate strategy for Volkswagen financial services, a $25 billion corporation.  During nights and weekends, I run my own company, MBA catalyst, LLC.  I have two employees and we are an MBA admissions consulting firm, founded with the vision to help Latinos and African-Americans with low GPAs and/or low GMAT scores, gain admissions to the top business schools in the country.  We have a 93% success rate and I have helped Latinos gain acceptance to Stanford, Wharton, Columbia, Michigan, and many, many more elite schools.


4. What’s the best advice you would give to current students?

Become a well-rounded person, but do not over extend yourself.  It is a lot easier to sell yourself as a leader when you focus on a few things well, versus doing a lot of little things with mediocre results.

5. What do you think about the LANSU Scholarship?

The LANSU scholarship is a good, easy way for established Latino alumni to give back to Syracuse University and help young Latino SU students lessen their financial burden. I am a bit envious of other universities with strong Latino alumni associations.  I see this scholarship as the bridge to ignite many of our alumni and hopefully create our own active alumni club that will also transform itself into a voice to guide the direction of the university.

Gracias, Jesse!

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