Dominique Bruce has been playing tennis since she was a little girl. She grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa where her father and grandfather were tennis coaches. It was from them that she developed her skill and love for the game that would bring her to Lenoir-Rhyne University.
Dominique came to LRU as a junior in 2013. Though she was thrilled to have received a scholarship to play tennis, she was also excited about the programs LR had to offer – in particular the marketing major and Bridges to Dreams.
“I knew as an undergrad that I wanted to pursue my MBA (Master of Business Administration) and I was so excited to learn that I could do it in less time and for less money through LR’s Bridges to Dreams program,” Dominique said.
Not only did Dominique take advantage of the program, she was one of the first MBA students to do so. “I was one of the pilot students for the MBA track and couldn’t be happier with the results,” she said. “I should be able to complete my master’s degree, with a concentration in global leadership, in just one year. I feel like I have learned so much through the program, which has allowed me to combine my love of design and business.” Dominique also had the opportunity to complete an internship with a local business, Bumblebee Interiors. “I had the opportunity to work alongside of business professionals who taught me so much about home design,” she explained. “I have thought a lot about starting my own business in the future and I know the MBA program and internship will help me to be better prepared for whatever I decide to do.”
While earning her MBA, Dominique has enjoyed getting to travel through parts of American with her tennis team. She has been recognized for her talents, receiving honorable mentions by the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) and named as the SAC player of the week for her performance at a tournament in February. She has been recognized for her academic success as well. Dominique graduated cum laude from LR and has received both American and South African honors. In addition, she was initiated into the Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society.
I have thought a lot about starting my own business in the future and I know the MBA program and internship will help me to be better prepared for whatever I decide to do.”