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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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Sarah Feldman

Sarah Feldman

Program and Year: Full-Time MBA, 2015

Campus Extracurricular Activities: CEO - Technology Club, VP - Finance Club, CCO - Leading With Service Club, MBA Admissions Ambassador

Post Graduate Goals: I am interested in moving into a strategic role in the Technology sector.

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Favorite Rady Memory So Far
Leading the Rady Technology Club vision to create the Rady MBA Technology Conference has been my favorite Rady memory so far. It was a great opportunity to work with the UC San Diego and Rady community in an entrepreneurial spirit and have incredible discussions with key leaders on the bleeding edge. Taking the idea from inception to reality was a challenging but rewarding endeavor. The Technology Club, Student Board, and Staff we worked with were profound. Speakers came in from as close as Qualcomm's San Diego Office, to as far as Google Glass' NYC Office.

Why Rady was the right choice for you
Aside from the lovely tropical weather, internationally acclaimed faculty, and entrepreneurial spirit, Rady has been the right choice for me to have a customizable MBA experience. Doing so, I have been able to focus on specific courses and student organizations that grow my professional skills.

Piece of advice for someone interested in applying to Rady
I encourage prospective students to reach out to the MBA Ambassadors. We love hearing from potential admits and engaging in class visits. The best way to experience Rady is in person.

Hobbies/Favorite things to do in San Diego
San Diego has a plethora of golf courses with close proximity to UC San Diego and La Jolla. With Torrey Pines a two minute drive from Rady, it is easy to head to the driving range after class. Annually, Torrey Pines also hosts a PGA tournament which I have attended both years of my MBA. As a whole, San Diego has an abundance of outdoor and indoor activities such as surfing, ice skating, and climbing. The best campus views of the Pacific Ocean can even be seen from above the Rady Student Lounge. In addition, the proximity of San Diego's Technology Hub creates a great balance for attending thought-provoking events downtown.

Home town
San Francisco Bay Area

Favorite Rady course and why
The Analytics in the Wild course is by far one of my favorites. Taking this course has expanded both my quantitative and strategic understanding of Big Data. In this class, our team was fortunate to work on a consulting project with Hewlett Packard, analyzing an expansive dataset for the first time and presenting our recommendations. It brought together concepts from many MBA courses and allowed us to have immediate impact.

Email: Sarah.Feldman@rady.ucsd.edu

 

 

Vance K. Lopez

Vance K. Lopez

Program and Year: Full-Time MBA, 2015

Campus Extracurricular Activities: Communications Officer – Rady Student Board, team member of Rady’s intramural basketball team, gym rat

Post Graduate Goals: Successful transition to a marketing strategy role and further involvement in bicycle advocacy in San Diego.

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Favorite Rady Memory So Far
Meeting three different professors for lunch and dinner while interning in Israel

Why Rady Was the Right Choice for You
Rady has given me a world-class business education experience while instantly connecting me with a tight group of talented, diverse, and pleasurable people.

Piece of Advice for Someone Interested in Applying to Rady
If you are looking for a place to live closer to the downtown area (where there are a lot of great communities) there is a UC San Diego shuttle that stops at Hillcrest and Old Town, and it runs frequently. I use it every day to save money on parking and gas and to avoid headaches from traffic.

Hobbies/Favorite Things to Do in San Diego
San Diego has a lot to offer and I try to enjoy it all. From great food and drinks, music, and theater, to hiking, water activities, and biking, there is always something to do. On campus, I play intramural basketball and use the gym at RIMAC, the most complete sports complex at UC San Diego, which is conveniently next to Rady.

Favorite Rady Course and Why
All of them! Great professors make for excellent content.

Home Town
La Crescenta, CA

Hear More From Vance
Contact me to chat about life at Rady. I’ll be happy to discuss.

Email: Vance.Lopez@rady.ucsd.edu

 

 

Keith Louie

Keith Louie

Program and Year: Full-Time MBA class of 2015

Campus Extracurricular Activities: Co-CEO - Rady Marketing Club, CCO - Rady Tech Club, Internal Affairs - Leading with Service, MBA Ambassador, team member of Rady's intramural basketball team

Post Graduate Goals: Pursuing a role related to marketing/strategy in a technology firm

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Favorite Rady memory so far
Can't just choose one! My two favorite memories have been Rady's Halloween party this year at the Waterfront downtown and this past spring's trivia night event on campus.

Why Rady Was the Right Choice for You
After visiting the school, I felt like I really connected with the student body, atmosphere, and faculty compared to my visits at other schools. With my goal to be in the technology industries, I also realized that Rady's strong connection to the biotech/high tech industries complimented these goals. Personally, the small cohort size and openness of the Rady administration to still try new things (since it's still a relatively new business school) made me feel as though I can significantly impact the MBA experience for myself and the entire Rady community. Therefore, these opportunities and connections alone made me realize that Rady was the right choice for me.

Piece of Advice for Someone Interested in Applying to Rady
Come visit the classes and meet with us to talk about any questions you have and our experiences in the program. Business school is a huge investment, and doing the research and visits up front will make for an even stronger application and interview. Also, these interactions will help you to adequately decide if the program at Rady is the right program for you.

Hobbies/Favorite Things to Do in San Diego
There's a lot to do here! My favorite activities are to go hiking throughout the county, trying out new foods and restaurants (especially mom and pop places), visiting local coffee shops to get things done, and attending concerts downtown in the Gaslamp area.

Favorite Rady Course and Why
New Product Development with Professor Michael Meyer. The class made me see the creation and testing of products in a new light. It was really fun talking about companies like Harley Davidson and Sony, and I had a blast coming up with new products with my team.

Home Town
Cranford, NJ

Looking Towards the Future
With about a half year left of the MBA program, I'm surprised that graduation is just around the corner because the time has definitely flown by! When looking back at my experience, I can honestly say that I have learned so much the past 1 1/2 years that I'm ready to reenter the workforce with plenty of new skill sets and perspectives. In addition, I am thankful for all of the great, fun memories I have experienced with the Rady community. Luckily, we still have a half year left to have a great end to the MBA program! Be sure to reach out to us to gain our insight, because we have plenty to talk about!

Email: Keith.Louie@rady.ucsd.edu

 

 

Soshi Otani

Soshi Otani

Program and Year: Full-Time MBA class of 2015

Campus Extracurricular Activities: Net Impact, Asia Business Club

Post Graduate Goals: To become a Data Scientist

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Favorite Rady Memory So Far
Rady Japan night last year. Almost all of my cohorts came together to enjoy Japanese culture and authentic Sushi we made ourselves!

Why Rady Was the Right Choice for You
Rady is a new and relatively small sized school, which enabled me to get to know and befriend everyone else. Rady staff and faculty are always there for me when I need help and Rady’s alumni and community are very friendly and available when I have career related questions.

Piece of Advice for Someone Interested in Applying to Rady
Visit a Rady class! You will understand not only what we are learning here but also what kinds of students attend. Visiting also makes it much easier for you to write your admissions essay and enjoy the interview.

Hobbies/Favorite Things to Do in San Diego
Taking advantage of the sunshine - surfing and golf!

Hometown
Kobe (beef city in Japan) 

Favorite Rady Course and Why
Marketing Research by Professor Nijs. We learned how to design research for predicting future outcomes based on data. The skills I learned from this class are so practical that I will be able to utilize them in any field.

Email
Soshi.Otani@rady.ucsd.edu

 

 

Lei Su

Lei Su

Program and Year: Full-time MBA class of 2015

Campus Extracurricular Activities: Piano class, UC San Diego Entrepreneur Challenge, UC San Diego Chinese Startup Challenge

Post Graduate Goals: To launch my own startup

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Favorite Rady Memory So Far
Rady’s 2014 Halloween party. It was a chance for domestic and international students to socialize and drink together in a relaxed environment without language or cultural barriers. Innovation at Rady is everywhere – some people made their own, very impressive costumes.

Why Rady Was the Right Choice for You
Top ranking, high employment rate and small class size are important but Rady also has had positive effects on my live and my values in addition to my career. After one year here, I can say Rady is an ideal business school. Rady’s values not only taught me how to be a great entrepreneur, but also how to face challenges bravely, solve problems wisely and stay positive.  It is all captured in the motto – Never Stop Starting Up.  The beauty of life is experience and what Rady can give you is not only distinctive experiences, but also the courage to explore what’s new.

Piece of Advice for Someone Interested in Applying to Rady
Make a decision based on what you would like to do in the future, not on what you’ve done. This might be the last chance to make a change in your career. Go for your dream. 

Hobbies/Favorite Things to Do in San Diego
Freediving 

Home Town
Shaanxi Province, China

Favorite Rady Course and Why
Rady’s Lab to Market series because it is a great chance to learn how to turn a business idea into a real startup company over three quarter-long courses.

Email: Lei.Su@rady.ucsd.edu

 

 

Bin Wu

Bin Wu

Program and Year: Full-time MBA class of 2015

Campus Extracurricular Activities: COO – Technology Club, member – Asian Business Club

Post Graduate Goals: Transition to product management

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Favorite Rady Memory So Far
Rady has a beautiful campus and a very friendly faculty.

Why Rady Was the Right Choice for You
Rady’s location made it the right choice for me. I have a background in the technology industry, and would like to stay in this field. San Diego has a good entrepreneurial environment, and Rady emphasizes lab-to-market innovation.

Piece of Advice for Someone Interested in Applying to Rady
Choose a school that suits you, don’t just base your selection on a ranking.

Hobbies/Favorite Things to Do in San Diego
I enjoy jogging and fitness.

Favorite Rady Course and Why
Technology and Innovation Strategy. In this class we learn about, analyze and evaluate the latest innovations. It is important to know what others are doing and study the trend in the technology industry.

Email: Bin.Wu@rady.ucsd.edu