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Alisha Mustafa

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MPS Business of Art & Design

Class of 2012

“I know MICA is going to be with me for a very long time. I met incredibly passionate faculty and staff that want to see their students grow and be successful." 

Alisha Mustafa ’12 was developing a fictitious eco-couture apparel business in MICA’s online-based MPS in the Business of Art & Design program when she found she had a real talent for baking pies. She had been working at a café in Bloomington, Indiana, when customers began eating up her creations. After talking with her instructors, she switched her business idea and began developing Mustafa Pie Company.

“I’m very thankful that I landed in the program, and now I feel like I have a competitive edge in the new market,” said Mustafa, who held eight part-time jobs during the year before she entered the program. Today, she operates her company out of the café she previously worked for, and is in the process of building a mobile pie cart using a $1,000 prize she landed during her thesis presentation so she can sell her pies in the downtown area of Bloomington.

“I know MICA is going to be with me for a very long time. I met incredibly passionate faculty and staff that want to see their students grow and be successful,” she said.