Question: What do you love about being a T-bird?

Answer: I love Thunderbird for its people. T-birds are unique in approaching challenges, opportunities and life. They are lifelong learners and innovators. It was incredible to see it with my eyes when I met all the alumni during the 75th anniversary. 

Q: What’s something you learned while at Thunderbird — in the classroom or otherwise — that surprised you or changed your perspective?

A: I learned the power of learning about cultures and languages. How it opens doors to an ocean of knowledge, and then there is no limit to how deep you can go. It also highlighted how different yet similar we all are irrespective of our place of origin, culture or language we speak. 

Q: For what in your life do you feel most grateful?

A: I am most grateful for my parents, who give me confidence and inspire me to be the best version of myself; they walk the walk of helping others without expecting anything in return, spreading joy and love to everyone around, and being empathetic and respectful of everyone. I am grateful for my fiancé Tanaji, who supports and encourages me to do better every day. Last but not least, I am so grateful to SHARE and my friends, who are now family, and the entire T-bird community for making these two years the best years of my life.

Mary Hess

Digital Communications Manager, Thunderbird School of Global Management