Rady Student Profiles

Thoshana 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.

 

 

Seok Byun

Seok Byun

Program and Year: Master of Finance, 2017

Why did you choose to pursue a Master of Finance?

I’ve always found the area of finance interesting. That such a tangible thing could have enormous effect on our lives. As an intuitive and analytic person I wanted to pursue an education that would teach me how to better understand this challenging yet intriguing field.

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Why did you choose the Rady School?

Not only is the Rady School the best program in San Diego, UC San Diego holds a sentimental value to me. My father did his post doc research here and I wanted to study where he studied. It’s wonderful to be back here in San Diego and to be back in school.

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

Rady’s Masters in Finance program is highly quantitative and challenging. If you can keep up, I believe that this will be a rewarding experience to you. Also, Rady has lots of opportunities to mix with other students such as MBAs and MSBAs and even beyond. If you want to broaden your perspective, Rady is a great choice.

What classes are you looking forward to taking this year?

I’m really looking forward to Behavioral Finance, Valuation in Corporate Finance and Analyzing Large Data. Implementing cognitive psychological theory with finance sounds like a really fun course and I like operating the software programs through Collecting and Analyzing Financial Data.

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

My perspective has definitely widened on the industry of finance. I didn’t know there were so many different areas where finance can be applied. I would have not learned of such areas and applications if I were on my own and now consider even more fields to work in.

What are your goals after graduation?

Hopefully, I’ll work in an area that handles evaluation, analyzing data and application of such information. I wish to make a positive net impact on not only the area of finance and the corporation that I work in, but also on the clients and society itself.

 

 

Jose Chig

Jose Chig

Program and Year: Master of Finance, 2017

Why did you choose to pursue a Master of Finance?

Main reason was to understand the risk associated with all financial corporate decisions and learn to analyze data in order to select the most efficient option.

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Why did you choose the Rady School?

Curriculum and faculty were the main deciding factors. Incredible faculty with relevant experience and personal ties to industry, along with a varied and flexible curriculum that allows students to tailor their Master’s Degree to suit their professional aspirations.

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

One thing that separates Rady from other schools is that assigned projects are designed to align with industry expectations. Professors assign projects that will be ascribed to us as analysts, preparing us to excel once we join the professional ranks.

What classes are you looking forward to taking this year?

The class I’m most excited about is Behavioral Finance. I’m looking forward to understanding the reasons humans are not always rational financial decision makers.

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

Career services provides great insight through the Industry Night Events, I wasn’t informed on the consultant industry and now it seems a sector that I am looking to explore professionally.

What are your goals after graduation?

I am currently exploring analyst and consultant roles. I am looking for opportunities that will allow me to use the skills I learned at Rady to provide efficient solutions to real world problems.

What advice do you have for prospective students?

I wholeheartedly recommend attending a class if you are interested in the Rady Master of Finance program. I had the opportunity to attend one lecture last year and saw the engagement and interaction during lecture. I gained a better perspective on what to expect from the Master of Finance program.

 

 

Vidya Chokalingam

Vidya Chokalingam

Program and Year: MSBA, 2017

Why did you choose to pursue a MSBA?

I’m doing my Master of Science in Business Analytics. I had been working as a data analyst previously for two years and I thought it was time to get some formal education in the field. I chose a business analytics concentration instead of a data science concentration because it would focus more on the stats and business part of analytics rather than technology. This essentially means that after graduation I would be focusing on actionable insights for businesses.

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Why did you choose the Rady School?

When I applied, I was in India and there, the name of the university is more important than the individual school’s name. So the fact that Rady is a part of the UC system and UC San Diego, which is widely known, is a definite plus.

I also talked to a student in the Master of Finance course and he said that Rady had some of the best faculty ever. There was a webinar where they talked about Professor Nijs and he is one of the major reasons I chose to join Rady. He developed a business analytics tool, how cool is that?!

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

The Rady School has a reputation for innovation and entrepreneurship. Down the line I see myself getting involved in a start-up or starting up my own company. I felt that Rady would better prepare me for where I want myself to be in a few years.

After I got admitted and before I accepted, I checked out the website and was really interested in some of Rady’s programs – mystartupxx, StartR Accelerator, Center for Business Analytics, etc. Again the focus on entrepreneurship really caught my attention.

What classes are you looking forward to taking this year?

Collecting and Analyzing Large Datasets by Terry August, Digital Media Analytics, Customer Analytics by Professor Nijs

What are your goals after graduation?

Immediately after I graduate, I am going to join the tech industry and try to use the skills I learn in a large company. Down the line, I plan to join the startup scene.

What advice do you have for prospective students?

My advice would be the MSBA program is great, but try to figure out if you have the aptitude for it. This course has programming, stats, and business all put together. For example, if you do not want to code and get your hands dirty, it would be really difficult to survive here.

Also, San Diego is just so beautiful and pleasant. There is a Google office coming here shortly. You might want to consider those things as well before you apply.

 

 

Lei Cong

Lei Cong

Program and Year: MSBA, 2017

Why did you choose to pursue a MSBA?

I'm pursuing a Masters in Business Analytics in order to gain the technical and management skills necessary to enter the sata science field.

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

The combination of talented faculty, ambitious peers, well-regarded place within the larger UC San Diego community, and enviable location steps from the Pacific Ocean make it a very unique place to pursue graduate studies. The act of balancing so many worthwhile activities makes this a very enriching experience.

What classes are you looking forward to taking this year?

I'm excited about all my classes coming up, especially "Collecting and Analyzing Large Data" and applying those techniques in the capstone project.

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

The more I know, the more I realize I don't know. I think it's a testament to the level of work being produced at the school that I am able to find new learning opportunities at every panel, every seminar, every lecture, and even daily conversations with classmates.

What are your goals after graduation?

I intend to be knowledgeable enough as a data scientist to be able to work on projects that use data science to advance the social good. Whether that is at a large corporation or a research institution remains to be seen.

What advice do you have for prospective students?

Visit the campus. Request to attend a sample lecture. Request to shadow a current student. Chat with an ambassador. Do things beyond just reading about the program from a webpage or brochure. Everyone I know at Rady is very approachable, so take the initiative to interact and determine for yourself if Rady is the right fit.