Sella Andrews.
Sella Andrews.

Wesleyan Vet Alum Aims for Equity in Public Health with MBA

Winter 2020 | Veterans

Marisella “Sella” Andrews, a graduate of the Posse Veterans Program at Wesleyan University, is now continuing her education at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business in the Health Sector Management MBA Program. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and feminist, gender and sexuality studies with a concentration in critical military studies from Wesleyan in 2019.

Sella entered business school determined to build authentic relationships, equipped with well-practiced skills from the military and Posse in how to leverage teamwork for collective growth. She has already put her strengths to good use in the school’s quarterly integrative projects that task small groups with data analysis to create in-depth memos and presentations.

“I want to make a positive, tangible impact in the lives of people from all backgrounds who rely on health care systems.”

She points to her background as a medic in the U.S. Army as the driving force in her interest in healing, and what subsequently drove her to undergraduate studies in social equity and humanitarian efforts. Sella has explored a range of fields from clinical research to finance. and ultimately decided that a business degree with an emphasis on health systems would be ideal to launch her career.

“Questrom will give me the tools to lead with a business-oriented attitude and a finger on the pulse of the economy,” Sella says. “I want to make a positive, tangible impact in the lives of people from all backgrounds who rely on health care systems.”

While the school’s heavy quantitative focus and test-based curriculum took some adjusting to, Sella has found community support in the Questrom Veterans Club and the Women’s MBA Association. She is already looking forward to her second year in the program, which includes a greater immersion in health sector courses.

“I’m excited to get a more nuanced understanding of all the parts in play,” Sella says of the clinical and academic work ahead.

After graduation, Sella aims to secure a job that will allow her to create more equity in health care systems in the United States and abroad. She hopes to shape policy and improve the individual experience in marginalized communities and for those in need.