Join Miami Merger couple, Jennifer and Brian Niccol, Chairman and CEO of Chipotle, as they answer questions about their Miami experience.
Miami Merger Alumni: Q & A
Best decision ever.
Best decision ever.
I forgot the question.
I loved going to Miami as a freshman, because you know, you find out your dorm room, you meet all your buddies on the floor. Next thing you know, you're out in the quad, throwing the football, throwing the Frisbee, meeting people from all over the place, and you just realize you're in a special place to have the next bore. And if you're lucky enough, maybe five years ahead of you.
One of the things I really loved about Miami was that I was so exposed to so many different types of art, culture, lectures, sports, you know, see Yo Yo Ma perform or see Dance Theater Perform in Hall Auditorium. And I just felt like it was a completely well rounded experience.
The thing I loved most about it was just growing up with my friends, and they are friends of mine now that I still keep in touch with you know, 20 30 years later. The experience is just one where you grow up, you learn a lot. And at the same token, you learn how to be yourself.
With the Miami Plan, you have the ability, frankly, to get a major but also experiment with other classes. And that's where you discover maybe interest you didn't realize you had in, you know, if not for that I probably would not have taken an economics class and had Professor Jerry Miller introduced me to it. I was focused first and foremost on engineering management. But I realized, you know what, I love marketing. I loved economics. And next thing I know, I'm working at the Career Placement Office trying to find a job and, got to Procter and Gamble and, you know, got to work on Pringles, realized I love food, which I guess everybody does. And here I am now running Chipotle, which, you know, if you would ask me as a freshman, what would I be doing? I probably said, I don't know. And luckily, Miami provides you the experiences to try and figure that out along the way.
You could not pick a more quintessential, iconic college town college experience. When you think of college and you're growing up, this is what you're thinking of, you're thinking of amazing professors, you don't feel like you're all alone, and don't know where to go. Everyone's friendly, riding your bike through, you know, High Street, studying at a coffee shop, all that stuff. That's what it is. It's, it's exactly what you want.
If you're trying to figure out where you want to go to college, I would tell you that Miami is without a doubt a great decision. Probably the most important piece of the puzzle too, is you're going to have support everywhere. I think it's important to know that there are people that care about your success, and they care about you. Well after you leave Miami and, you know, the alumni network has been wonderful. You know, I was in a fraternity. That was a great experience. The social side is a lot of fun. The academic side is, you know, high expectations. You get as much out of it as you put into it. And then you're in an environment where people care about your success and you know, really excited to see where you go after you leave Miami. One other thing I think that's special about Miami or all the neat traditions, when you're walking on campus, whether you rub the turtle's heads for good life, don't walk on the seal, exam week, they're just so much fun and then, you know going down Millette Hall for basketball game, walk in with row. So there's just so many wonderful traditions and so many great memories that I think is what makes Miami really special.
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