Helena Valentine

Full-Time MBA 2025

Helena Valentine
  • Hometown
    St Louis (originally Switzerland and Germany)
  • College
    University of St. Gallen in Switzerland (HSG)
  • Degree
    BA in Business Administration and Management

Personal and Professional Growth

Why Olin?

What drew me most to WashU Olin is its unwavering commitment to fostering an environment that seamlessly integrates academic excellence with practical application on a global scale. In today’s interconnected world, possessing a global mindset is imperative for understanding businesses and learning from diverse perspectives across the world.

Favorite Class

I would highlight Accounting as my favorite class, thanks to Tom Fields. Tom’s approach was enlightening and enjoyable; he imparted knowledge through real-life examples and engaging case studies. The class became a dynamic and collaborative learning journey. His teaching prowess further enriched the experience. Who says numbers can't be fun?

Fun Fact

I used to play soccer in the highest league achievable for women in Germany. Transitioning from the soccer pitch to the business arena, I bring the same commitment, discipline and collaborative spirit, fostering a unique perspective that intertwines the strategic mindset of sports with the intricacies of business.

Advice for Prospective Students

My advice is to authentically showcase your true self in your application materials. At WashU Olin, individuality is celebrated, and everyone’s unique path contributes to the collective success of the community. Don’t be afraid to share your personal and professional journey‚ let your experiences, passions and aspirations shine through. Trust that your genuine self will resonate with the vibrant and collaborative culture at WashU Olin.

Career Journey

Olin has been a cornerstone in my career journey, providing a comprehensive foundation for success. The curriculum’s emphasis on experiential learning was pivotal in shaping my entrepreneurial venture and securing an internship at PepsiCo in New York.

Faculty Support

The faculty’s unwavering support has been a game-changer; they’ve shared their expertise and been there for me, answering questions and providing invaluable guidance not just for my business but also for personal and professional growth.

WashU Olin’s consistent recognition as the number one program for entrepreneurship underscores its commitment to fostering a culture of innovation. As someone starting a business while pursuing an MBA, there could not have been a better choice than WashU Olin!

Contact Us

Graduate Admissions

Olin Business School - Knight Hall
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899

Office Hours:
Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.