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A Champion Hot Dog Eater on How She Aces Corporate Job Interviews

Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Competition 2012 in Coney Island, New York on July 4th, 2012.
Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Competition 2012 in Coney Island, New York on July 4th, 2012.Photograph by Shawn Danko

When the new MBA students at Michigan State University’s Broad College of Business started to get to know each other last year, no one could beat Meredith Boxberger’s icebreaker: She’s one of the top competitive eaters in the world.

Boxberger, who calls herself “Deep Fried Diva” and expects to complete her MBA in 2015, finished fifth in the women’s division of Nathan’s annual Hot Dog Eating Contest on July 4. She wolfed down 18 dogs in 10 minutes on New York’s Coney Island, falling short of last year’s personal record—26 hot dogs.