Rady School Graduate Student Profiles

John Yamauchi

John Yamauchi

Program and Year: MSBA, 2018

Why did you choose to pursue a Master of Science in Business Analytics?

I chose to pursue a MS in Business Analytics degree because I wanted to incorporate analytic techniques into making business decisions. Having skills in analytics is becoming more and more of an advantage across many industries and I wanted to get an edge by adding these skills to my resume. 

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Why did you choose the Rady School?

I chose the Rady School because of its deep integration with both the scientific and industrial community surrounding the San Diego region. I also am very impressed with the Rady faculty and look forward to learning more about how to improve business processes from the curriculum. 

What do you feel makes Rady unique? How do you benefit from these aspects?

As an Alum of UC San Diego and an entrepreneur, I am very committed to working toward San Diego's technological and entrepreneurial environment. Rady is unique because of its consistent focus on entrepreneurship and innovation. With so many great entrepreneurial faculty and students on campus, Rady provides a great environment for anyone with an idea to successfully grow it into a viable venture.

What classes are you looking forward to taking this year?

I look forward to taking Customer Analytics (MGTA 455), Collecting and Analyzing Large Data (MGTA 452), and Business Forecasting (MGTF 405).  Each of these courses will provide great hands on experience to acquire, clean, and visualize relevant datasets. I'm also very eager to start the Business Analytics Capstone project, which will allow me to test out the new skills and put them to work in a real world environment. 

How has your perspective on your career or your life changed since you came to Rady?

My perspective on my career has not shifted as I still am very entrepreneurial and project-based. However, my vision has been enhanced by allowing me to see the multitude of situations in which to apply analytics in making better decisions.

What are your goals after graduation?

After graduation, I would like to work on multiple projects in which I can provide consultation for companies and organizations. I especially would like to help startups receive revenue as soon as possible so that they can be more independent and sustain themselves going forward. 

What advice do you have for prospective students?

I advise prospective students to make the best of their time at Rady and get a head start on all of the resources at UC San Diego. It is never too early to start networking with the faculty, administrators and current students. My decision was highly influenced by my communications with all of these individuals and I am very pleased with my decision. 

Anything else you would like to share?

It has been a great experience thus far. Rady and UC San Diego are great places to be for entrepreneurs, scientists and those that want to change the future. 

 

Thoshna Arasappa

Thoshana Arasappa

Program and Year: MBA Full-Time, 2018

Why did you choose to pursue a MBA?

I have a background in Electronics engineering and 3 years of work experience in Management Consulting. A MBA degree seemed like the eventual step to help both develop my business acumen, along with transition from the sell-side to the buy-side of business (MNCs and Service Providers).

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Why did you choose the Rady School?

Rady has the perfect location advantage- entrenched at the center of high-tech innovation & entrepreneurship which largely appeals to my area of interests. The small, and highly eclectic class at Rady was one of the greatest sell points for me choosing Rady.

What do you feel makes Rady unique? How do you benefit from these aspects?

Rady's most unique feature lies in the diversity of its class- students coming from varied cultural, educational and professional backgrounds, representative of a wide age demography, make every interaction inside and outside of class extremely thought provoking and resourceful.

What classes are you looking forward to taking this year?

I look forward to taking various Finance related courses this year as this is not an area I was privy to prior to my MBA. The faculty and staff at Rady are world-class and world renowned. Learning has never been more fun!

How has your perspective on your career or your life changed since you came to Rady?

Prior to joining Rady, I was rather head-fast on the idea of starting out as an entrepreneur. Now, after interacting with numerous alums and peers at Rady, I realize I might need to develop function-specific skills before taking on the "self-employed" brand tag.

What are your goals after graduation?

Post-graduation, I would like to work in the high-tech space in the capacity of a Program Manager where I can leverage both my management skills as well as engineering background.

What advice do you have for prospective students?

Rady has one of the most tightly knit student-alum body. The breadth and tenacity of this network is truly commendable. Also, being a rather young B-school, Rady gives you the unique opportunity to make your own "rules"- form your own clubs, support a cause that matters to you and truly be the voice of change you'd like to see.

 

Juliana Brasil

Juliana Brasil

Program and Year: MBA Full-Time, 2018

Why did you choose to pursue a MBA?

After working as a project manager for more than 10 years, I realized that an MBA would be essential to develop the skills needed to take my career to another level.

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Why did you choose the Rady School?

Rady has the entrepreneurial spirit that I was looking for, outstanding faculty, engaged alumni and the support of the UC San Diego System. After reading Rady’s MBA curriculum, I realized that l would have access to the tools needed to develop myself, allowing me to pursue a career in the entrepreneurship and business analysis field.

What do you feel makes Rady unique? How do you benefit from these aspects?

Rady has a unique Entrepreneur spirit, and you can see from the first contact on, that the support that the School will give us is out of the curve.

At the orientation week you already have the certainty that the School and Faculty will enable and empower us to dive into the entrepreneurial field, with access to a curriculum and tools to develop ourselfs, and with a faculty and support system to guide us trough.

What classes are you looking forward to taking this year?

As an economist working at the corporate level, I’m excited to revisit some concepts and develop myself at Managerial Economics and Quantitative Analysis. I’m also very excited about learning more about myself and my cohort at the Leadership and Management classes.

How has your perspective on your career or your life changed since you came to Rady?

The opportunity to join the Rady School of Management was a milestone for me, you could even say that it was a turning point.

I’ve been working for over 10 years as a project manager for industrial megaprojects, and it is very positive and challenging to take this opportunity to reassess everything and use the tools to develop myself and take the next step. I’m being able to have a second chance as a student, to learn new topics, to interact and learn from people with different backgrounds (my cohort is composed from players from almost every industry) and the best part, to be a member of vibrant community.

What are your goals after graduation?

My immediate post-MBA professional goal is to become a successful entrepreneur and owner of my own business. My long-term career goal is to work together with a research center for business analysis and development. As well as to have time to do pro-bono job at the entrepreneur field, one of my future goals is to develop a program to help young entrepreneurs with great ideas, but with no access to the tools and adequate support to develop them.

What advice do you have for prospective students?

I would like to reinforce the importance of engaging with your community as much as possible. One of my first steps was to apply to become Rady’s Ambassador and First Year MBA Representative. Since one of my future goals is to develop a program to help young entrepreneurs, I also joined the Entrepreneur Challenge, a non-profit organization created and managed by UCSD students that have been promoting entrepreneurship at the community for over 10 years.