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MBA Admissions Ambassadors are current students who provide first-hand knowledge of student life and academics here at the Rady School. Our Ambassadors welcome the opportunity to connect with you online or in-person for an informational meeting and tour of Rady facilities.

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Cody Becker

Cody Becker

Program and Year: MBA Full-Time, 2016

Campus extracurricular activities: Rady Student Board, Marketing Club, Veterans Club

Post Graduate Goals: My goal is to have a job in which I can assist in providing sustainable solutions to complex problems, specifically global warming and other environmental issues.

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Favorite Rady memory so far
I have countless but to name a few, working with Careers and Rady Graduate Student Services to gain insight regarding potential opportunities; conversing with professors about the course material and their professional areas of interest, as well as socializing with and getting to know my classmates. 

Why Rady was the right choice for you
I wanted to learn from the brightest professors.  After looking through various professor’s CVs, it was apparent to me that Rady offered great opportunities to interact with extremely experience professors.  The Rady School of Management seemed like a bargain to me. The brightest professors in the world usually teach a cohort of greater than 100 students, even over 500 at some.  However, at Rady cohorts are less than 100 students.  I am and will always remain humbled and grateful when I think back on the many memories of one-on-one discussions with Rady Professors, who also act as friends and mentors.

Piece of advice for someone interested in applying to Rady
Search for information from as many resources as you can.  GMAT Club, Quants and Poets, US News, etc., offer information on MBA programs, however, you will not be able to find everything in a book or website.  Do not be afraid to check things out on the ground level by exploring the school, meeting the staff and faculty, sitting-in on a class or two and meeting current students for a coffee and to pick their brain about their experience with the school’s program.

Hobbies/Favorite things to do in San Diego
Surfing, exploring new restaurants (there are tons of great restaurants in San Diego!), jogging with my dog at Fiesta Island, and being outside whenever possible!

Home town
Auburn, CA

Favorite Rady course and why
All of them!  Organizational Strategy with Professor Rottenstreich was amazing.  Every week that class left me with one or two profound ideas.

The Rady Experience
I enjoy meeting new people and sharing experiences.  I am confident that doing so has significantly helped me get to where I am today.  Please feel free to reach out to admissions if you would like to connect and speak with me about anything.  I am happy to help as much as I can.

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Aaron Chiu

Aron Chiu

Program and Year: Full-Time MBA, 2016

Campus extracurricular activities: Leading with Service Club

Post Graduate Goals: Accept a role at the intersection of strategy planning and operations in a company with a fantastic culture and a mission I care deeply about! Possibly start-ups too!

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Favorite Rady memory so far
Meeting life-long friends. I also really enjoy the courses at Rady. I'd remember in one of our operations classes we get to build paper houses and learned about lean operations – it was lots of fun for the whole class.

Why Rady was the right choice for you
Where else can you find world class faculties and not have to worry about going to class under sub-zero temperatures in the winter time? On a serious note, Rady MBAs are driven by a desire not just to excel in their careers but also to help others and have a positive impact. I chose Rady based on four things - best fit, ROI, diversity and the relaxed atmosphere.

Piece of advice for someone interested in applying to Rady
A core part of the MBA experience at Rady is engaging with clubs, organizations and the social life here – this can all lead to networking that can be valuable throughout one's career. Getting straight A's is important but so is flexing one's leadership muscles in a key on-campus organization or engaging with fellow classmates who may be able to help you once you're an alum. MBAs should focus on creating value. Passion is the GMAT of Success.

Hobbies/Favorite things to do in San Diego
Cycling through the beautiful La Jolla shores and Torrey Pines cycling path, working out at RIMAC (right next to the Rady School), walking on the beach behind Rady and sampling all the sweet desserts around town (Extraordinary Dessert, D Bar San Diego and iDessert By Jean-Philippe are some of my favorites).

Home town
San Jose, CA

Favorite Rady course and why-
Professor Shin's Operation Class. Not only is Professor Shin is a world class educator but he truly cares about his students. He makes sure you understand the material and explains it thoroughly. He takes challenging material and breaks it down into bits and pieces so you can digest it effectively. Professor Rottenstreich's Organizational Strategy is another course I truly enjoyed very much. No matter if you're a C-suite executive or a line manager, you have to understand the psychological thinking of your organization and your employees. Organizational strategy teaches you just that. 

Anything else you'd like to add!
Investing myself and going back to school is the best decision I ever made. Enjoy learning and have fun doing it. MBA can be stressful sometimes, but there's an old saying, "Stressed spell backwards is Desserts"

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Kimberly Gossard

Kimberly Gossard

Program and Year: Full Time MBA, 2016

Campus extracurricular activities: Net Impact Club VP, Life Sciences Club Board Member, Teaching Assistant

Post Graduate Goals: To get a marketing or managerial job for a conservation conscious company utilizing my education in marine biology and business

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Favorite Rady memory so far
Making life-long friends in my cohort and struggling to create a new product out of cardboard and tape with my awesome team for our New Product Development Class.

Why Rady was the right choice for you
San Diego is the leader in cleantech and bluetech industries. Rady's location puts me in the center of a city filled with conservation conscious companies that I would like to work for one day. 

Piece of advice for someone interested in applying to Rady
Be open to new experiences with new people from different cultures.  Know that you have as much or more to learn from your colleagues as you have to teach. 

Hobbies/Favorite things to do in San Diego
SCUBA dive and snorkel, kayak, paint, hangout at the beach with friends, going to PB with my classmates/friends

Home town
San Juan Capistrano, CA

Favorite Rady course and why
Managerial Leadership: It was fun and entertaining and taught me a lot about how to get the most out of any relationship I engage in, whether that be with friends, colleagues, superiors, subordinates etc.

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Raymond Guo

Raymond Guo

Program and Year: Full-Time MBA, 2016

Campus extracurricular activities: Rady China, Rady Asian Business Club, Rady Behavioral Lab

Favorite Rady memory so far: Doing team projects with teammates from different backgrounds and cultures

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Why Rady was the right choice for you
Rady is new and non-traditional. I can feel the passion and energy everywhere and am always inspired by my colleagues in the Rady community. I also really enjoy the beach and sunshine here!

Piece of advice for someone interested in applying to Rady
In your admissions interview, do not only talk about your grades and accomplishments, but also show your passion. Let Rady know what you want to achieve in the future and how they can help you to achieve that.

Hobbies/Favorite things to do in San Diego
Playing soccer, listening to heavy metal and hiking

Home town
Hubei, China

Favorite Rady course and why
Quantitative analysis, because it's the most challenging but most beneficial course I've taken so far. Our professor, Terrence August is the smartest guy I've ever met.

Anything else you'd like to add!
We go to happy hour every week, join us!

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Charlotte Hasse

Charlotte Hasse

Program and Year: Full-Time MBA, 2016

Campus extracurricular activities: Leader - Rady Student Ambassador Program, President - Rady Consulting Club, Editor-in-Chief - Rady Business Journal, Leading with Service Club, Marketing Club, Operations and Analytics Club, and Technology Club

Post Graduate Goals: I want to help companies improve their business strategies related to data and technology so that they can be more successful both internally (such as through efficient operations) and externally (such as by better aligning product and service offerings with customer needs).

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Favorite Rady memory so far
I'd always wanted to play paintball and finally had the chance this year. The Rady Veterans Association sponsored the First Annual Leadership Challenge and it was a great time! I not only enjoyed meeting additional Rady students across cohorts but also was able to see a completely different side of some of my classmates.

Why Rady was the right choice for you
I was looking for a program that would enable me to really dig into the quantitative side of business and to be better prepared to be a leader of innovation. Rady's focus on entrepreneurship/intrapreneurship and the growing number of analytics classes available really meet my needs.

Piece of advice for someone interested in applying to Rady
Wherever you go to school, you'll get as much out of the experience as you put into it. At Rady, we all contribute something of ourselves to the community, both because we are a small school and because of our focus on entrepreneurship. Come for a visit to find out more about Rady and whether it is a good fit for you.

Hobbies/Favorite things to do in San Diego
I'm a San Diego native who has lived elsewhere for many years, so my favorite thing to do now is see more of my family and friends here.

Hometown
San Diego

Favorite Rady course and why
New Venture Finance – This elective was fantastic because it helped me think in different ways about how to build and grow a business, including the kinds of issues founders should think about as they allocate equity early on and approach different financing opportunities in the future.

Rady Community
Everyone at Rady really cares about the school and each member of our community. The graduate program is still small enough that you can easily get to know all the students, faculty, and staff.

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Sapna Hegde

Sapna Hedge

Program and Year: Full-time MBA, 2016

Campus extracurricular activities: Board member of the Rady Tech club

Post Graduate Goals: To leverage my software engineering background and get into a Product Management or Strategy role in a Technology firm

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Favorite Rady memory so far
From playing volleyball at Rady's summer barbeque, trying out new flavors at Rady's potluck, to catching a movie with my classmates….there are so many fond memories of my past year. My favorite memory is coming back after the Christmas break and seeing everyone again! It is amazing how we have all formed such deep friendships in such a short time.

Why Rady was the right choice for you
Rady's focus on data-driven decision making was a perfect fit for my Quantitative bent of mind. This may seem like a vague concept but when you look at the courses, the faculty, the cohort and the general reputation of the school in the community, you know it is a concrete thing. Nobody here is afraid of number crunching, be it in Operations, Finance, Marketing or Economics. If you want to be the kind of manager that supplements his intuition with data, then Rady is the place for you. My second reason was the class size. All of my education, including my undergrad has been in India, where it is an entirely different kind of experience. Being in a small class really helped me open up and feel free to participate in class. Would it have been the same in a class of 300-500 students? I doubt that.

Piece of advice for someone interested in applying to Rady
If you can, sit in on a class as a prospective student. I attended a class at every school I applied to and highly recommend it. Not only does it tell you about the quality of faculty and students, but also gives you a feel for the culture of the school.

Hobbies/Favorite things to do in San Diego
Of course, all the beaches! I particularly like the kid-friendly beaches where I can be sure my son also has a great time. There are tons of things to do and see in San Diego, many of which I haven't gotten to yet. If you are entirely new to San Diego, Balboa Park is a good place to start.

Home town
Bangalore, India

Favorite Rady course and why
It's very hard to pick one favorite course. They have all been so awesome. I would say that Quantitative Analysis, Marketing and Strategy have been the courses that I enjoyed the most. These three courses were challenging in very different ways and made me get out of my comfort zone. They forced me to think in dimensions that I wouldn't otherwise.

The MBA Experience
No matter where you decide to get your MBA, it is going to be a life-changing experience. At a school like Rady, you are in the driver's seat and the experience is mostly shaped by you. So, good luck and we hope to see you soon.

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Sean Higginbotham

Sean Higginbotham

Program and Year: Full-time MBA, 2016

Campus extracurricular activities: Rady Veterans Association Board Member

Post Graduate Goals: I will be looking to find a challenging and rewarding job at a great company in San Diego.

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Favorite Rady memory so far
I had a good time at the Rady Japan Night in the fall.  There was great food and drinks.  The interactive Japanese culture quiz show was a blast as we competed in teams for sushi.  The other two must-attend events were the Rady Veteran's Association (RVA) Paintball Challenge and the Spring Fling.

Why Rady was the right choice for you
Rady has far surpassed my expectations. The classes and professors have been excellent and engaging.  My heart is truly in San Diego and I love living here. Although Rady is relatively small compared to other schools and hasn't been around for very long, I have found that the Rady Alumni have a large footprint in the San Diego area and have been an impeccable resource during my job search. 

Piece of advice for someone interested in applying to Rady
If you are considering going to business school, take the GMAT as early as possible. Give yourself enough time to study and take the exam a second time if needed so that you have your GMAT completed early enough to apply first round.

If you are a Veteran considering applying, don't hesitate to contact one of the Veteran students.  There are a number of things that would be helpful to know regarding Veteran's benefits that aren't completely straightforward.

Hobbies/Favorite things to do in San Diego
Tennis, hiking, and taking my kids to the beach/park.

Home town
Aptos, CA

Favorite Rady course and why
I really enjoyed MGT 408 Finance.  I found the material to be very interesting and Professor Parsons did an exceptional job at tying in the course concepts to relevant current events.

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Danny Huynh

Danny Huynh

Program and Year: Full-time MBA, 2016

Campus extracurricular activities: VP of Marketing - Rady Student Board 2015-2016

Post Graduate Goals: To work in brand development in retail or consumer products

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Favorite Rady memory so far
My favorite memories were attending the Return-On-Life announcement ceremony (where Earnest Rady committed $100 million to the Rady School) and volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House with the Leading with Service Club. I also enjoyed introducing In-n-out (animal fries!) to my international student classmates.

Why Rady was the right choice for you
Rady is still a young program with lots of areas for growth and improvement—I knew Rady would be welcoming and helpful in my career change.

Piece of advice for someone interested in applying to Rady
Be yourself.  While Rady is entrepreneurial-focused, you don't have to be an entrepreneur in a traditional-sense.  However, be prepared to think creatively, outside of the box, and out of your comfort zone.

Hobbies/Favorite things to do in San Diego
Getting "California" burritos in the middle of the night, Monday $1/game bowling at Mira Mesa Lanes and getting some sun by the pool or beach after morning classes

Home town
Hercules, CA (Bay Area)

Favorite Rady course and why
Marketing— It gave me true business practice to read about a company problem, solve the problem, and present a proposal to "executives."

The Rady Experience
Take advantage of every opportunity to meet new people and companies while at Rady.  Beyond the books, you will learn so much about yourself through all your experiences at Rady.

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Yoshiaki Ichinowatari

Yoshiaki Ichinowatari

Program and Year: Full-Time MBA, 2016

Campus extracurricular activities: Co-CEO - Rady Leading with Service Club

Post Graduate Goals:Making a social impact through business and public policy

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Favorite Rady memory so far
The Bay Area Trek last winter was my favorite memory because it connected me with lots of awesome alumni working there. It made me realize how lucky I am to be part of such a wonderful community at Rady.

Why Rady was the right choice for you
Rady is a new school and always welcomes new challenges (Never Stop Starting Up!). Also, I have access to collaborate with and learn from opportunities not only at Rady, but also throughout the larger UC San Diego community. This gave me the opportunity to work as a summer intern at a social business enterprise in South Africa, which was the perfect place to integrate my MBA experience with my working experience at the Japanese Government. 

Piece of advice for someone interested in applying to Rady
Don't hesitate to contact us even if you are outside the U.S. Visiting Rady would be a great opportunity, but we can also communicate via Skype, e-mail, Facebook and more. That's how I compared many schools and made a decision.

Hobbies/Favorite things to do in San Diego
Surfing and golf through UC San Diego recreation.

Home town
Gotemba, Japan (Gateway to Mt. Fuji)

Favorite Rady course and why
My favorite class was Strategy with Professor Charles Sprenger. The case study discussions transformed my theoretical knowledge in economics into practical power!

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Kanna Iwahashi

Kanna Iwahashi

Program and Year: Full-time MBA, 2016

Campus extracurricular activities: VP of Finance - Rady Life Science Club

Post Graduate Goals: My goals are to accelerate my career in finance and to continue living in San Diego! I hope to do so by leveraging the education and business networks I've been establishing at Rady and within the San Diego business community.

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Favorite Rady memory so far
The Rady ski and snowboarding trip - It was a great opportunity to get to know people from other cohorts through sports activities and by playing games together.

Why Rady was the right choice for you
Since my primary objective was to advance my career and to settle in San Diego, Rady inevitably became my first choice due to being ranked the best MBA School in San Diego. Rady's strong focus on entrepreneurship, particularly in a healthcare sector, was another major reason I chose Rady.

Piece of advice for someone interested in applying to Rady
I believe knowing what you would like to get the most out of during your whole MBA experience is the most important thing. As you know, each school has its own focus and will provide different future benefits to students.  Moreover, an MBA program typically requires some a variety of costs and a good amount of your time. I would highly recommend you do thorough research on schools that you are interested in by visiting, sitting in classes and meeting with students or alumni. At Rady, we ambassadors are here to help you figure out if Rady will meet your needs so that you can make the best decision for your future. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us and ask questions.

Hobbies/Favorite things to do in San Diego
I enjoy going to beaches and studying poolside. I also enjoying taking dance classes and going to golf ranges to improve my golf skills. Last year was very hectic and I did not have much time outside of studying, job searching and my internship. I hope to be able to explore San Diego more this year.

Home Town
Tokyo, Japan (the big city)

Favorite Rady course and why
My first favorite course was Managerial Communications. The class was a great opportunity for me to spot and work on my weaknesses presenting and speaking in front of others. The professor was very seasoned in the field and he provided the best assistance and advice to students with positivity. My second favorite course was Investments. My concentration is finance and this class touched on current topics and went in-depth in areas that were not covered in the other classes. I found the class very informative and practical.

Good luck!
Best of luck on finding the school that matches your needs! If there is anything we can help you with, please let us know and will do our best to be of assistance.

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Takuma Kageyama

Takuma Kageyama

Program and Year: Full Time MBA, 2016

Post Graduate Goals: Managing a new business in the healthcare industry

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Favorite Rady memory so far
Rady Spring Fling – so much fun!

Why Rady was the right choice for you
Class sizes are small, which facilitates better communication for the faculty and the students. Rady is still young and rapidly developing, thus every single voice is amplified to make the Rady community an even more attractive foundation for career development and professional education. That is the beauty of Rady.

Piece of advice for someone interested in applying to Rady
I highly encourage you to visit our beautiful campus and inhale as much atmosphere as you can. It will inspire your ambition to start MBA life and develop your future career. I'm here to help you!

Hobbies/Favorite things to do in San Diego
Playing golf and driving

Home town
Shimane, Japan

Favorite Rady course and why
It's very tough to choose one from the great courses, but I really liked the first quarter of Rady's "Lab to Market" capstone course sequence by Delbert Foit. Prof. Foit not only introduced a handful of business frameworks, he gave us lots of opportunities to maneuver them. I realized how useful they are when I was doing a consulting project outside Rady during summer break and was able to directly apply what I had learned.

Anything else you'd like to add!
Choosing the "right" MBA program for you is crucial and difficult because MBA programs are proliferated in the world, not limited to U.S. My goal in this role is to minimize the gap between your perceptions and the realities of Rady. I hope to see as many of you as possible find Rady as your "right" fit.

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Jason Qi

Jason Qi

Program and Year: Full-time MBA, 2016

Campus extracurricular activities: VP Finance of the Rady Student Board (RSB), Co-founder and CFO of Rady@China Chapter

Post Graduate Goals: Short term: Next Level position in Finance Industry. Long term: I envisage operating my very own Internet Finance Service firm operating on a global scale with focus on the China market.

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Favorite Rady memory so far
Work with other RSB members to enhance the experience of my fellow MBA students.

Why Rady was the right choice for you
Rady itself is like a startup company where we can make big differences as students.

Piece of advice for someone interested in applying to Rady
Don't hesitate to speak up in class.

Hobbies/Favorite things to do in San Diego
Fishing, hiking and swimming in the ocean

Home town
Shanghai, China

Favorite Rady course and why
Operations. Professor Shin is more than great! He is the most dedicated professor I have ever met in my academic life!

 

 

Gary Sahota

Gary Sahota

Program and Year: Full-Time MBA, 2016

Campus extracurricular activities: Rady Student Board - VP of Technology Integration, Rady Technology Club – President, Rady Marketing Club – Board Member, Rady Club for Operations & Analytics – Board Member, Rady Chapter – Board Member, Net Impact

Post Graduate Goals: My goal is to pursue my socially responsible entrepreneurial goals by starting my own technology-based company. I am also still actively considering data-driven marketing roles in larger companies.

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Favorite Rady memory so far
Spring Fling 2015!

Why Rady was the right choice for you
The school was a great cultural fit for me personally. The professors here are extremely smart and the students have a well-balanced life between academics and personal endeavors. This work/life/school balance along with the friendly competition makes this place very different from traditional MBA programs and makes it so much more of an enriching experience. 

Piece of advice for someone interested in applying to Rady
Talk to as many current students/alumni as possible. Everyone has a different experience, background, and sentiment towards Rady, but all will speak to an underlying theme that defines what Rady really is. Everyone interprets it differently, and then tends to build expectations upon those interpretations. The more you talk to the Rady family, the more you'll begin to see if this culture really is a right fit for you.

Hobbies/Favorite things to do in San Diego
Hiking (Cowles Mountain & Torry Pines), biking, going to the beach (Del Mar, Blacks, Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, & La Jolla Shores), playing tennis, balboa park, & visiting downtown San Diego

Home town
Fresno, CA

Favorite Rady course and why
Marketing! This class was very different than most marketing classes I've ever taken because it was much more data-driven and Ken Wilbur always pushed us to think outside of the box!

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Takashi Tsuchiya

Takashi Tsuchiya

Program and Year: Full-Time MBA, 2016

Campus extracurricular activities: Tech Club, Rady Japan, Entrepreneurship

Post Graduate Goals: To transition my career from a researcher to a manager

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Favorite Rady memory so far
My favorite Rady memory is of the group work we do in class. To finish assignments, we have to meet up outside of class a lot. Through our discussions, we learned to understand one another's' personalities and biases, which led me to realize that diversity of people and perspectives is necessary to be creative and innovative.

Why Rady was the right choice for you
Originally, I was a researcher and wanted to impact the world by developing new business from seeds. The mission of the Rady School is to develop ethical and entrepreneurial leaders to create a positive impact. This mission and the course program match what I require to achieve my future goal.

Piece of advice for someone interested in applying to Rady
One important thing I learned from my fellow Rady classmates is that while intellect is necessary for achievement, continuous efforts are also essential to make progress and reach your goals. I suggest putting aside enough time and energy for your application.

Hobbies/Favorite things to do in San Diego
Going to beach and enjoy chilling time with my family

Home town
Hiroshima, Japan

Favorite Rady course and why
One of my favorite courses is operations. Professor Shin is quite passionate and the concept of operations can be applied to many kinds of jobs in the future. The impact of this course speaks for itself - Rady has won MIT Sloan's Annual Operations Simulation Competition several times!

On Rady Entrepreneurialism
As an entrepreneurial school, Rady has great potential for students to take advantage of. Let's create new traditions at Rady together!

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Liang (Felix) Yin

Felix Yin

Program and Year: Full-time MBA, 2016

Campus extracurricular activities: Asian Business Club

Why Rady was the right choice for you: The spirit of Rady is innovative.

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Piece of advice for someone interested in applying to Rady
Make your dream come true, no matter how difficult it is. Rady will help you achieve them.

Hobbies/Favorite things to do in San Diego
Hiking

Home town
China

Favorite Rady course and why
Quantitative Analysis. It really helps me in making business decisions.

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Sofia (Fenghua) Zhang

Sofia Zhang

Program and Year: Full-Time MBA, 2016

Campus extracurricular activities: Tennis and piano classes

Post Graduate Goals: To launch a startup company

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Favorite Rady memory so far
When Ernest Rady gave his speech after donating $100 million to the Rady School it gave me even more confidence in the future of the Rady School as a top business school.

Why Rady was the right choice for you

The entrepreneur spirit oriented environment

Piece of advice for someone interested in applying to Rady

Know what you want and focus on what mean most to you. If you plan to do start up after MBA, Rady is a good choice, the entrepreneur spirit and L2M courses will benefit you here. If you want to enjoy life and experience study journey, San Diego is a perfect location.

Hobbies/Favorite things to do in San Diego
Hiking and walking along the beach (the closest hike and beach is a 15 minute walk from Rady!)

Home town
Shanghai, China

Favorite Rady course and why

Operations – It open a new field to me and Professor Shin is really energetic and passionate.

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