Steven Zhou, Undergraduate ’10
Photo by Nick Abadilla
Why did you choose to take classes at the Rady School?
At the end of my Sophomore year, I decided to enroll in some Rady courses to supplement my undergraduate studies. Although the economics department at our school is very solid, I was looking to explore beyond the primarily-theoretical classes with some practical, real-world courses. Rady offers its students exactly this. Taught by prestigious professors in a graduate-school setting, Rady courses exposed me to the finance, banking, and marketing industries through collaborative projects, case-studies and more. It is safe to say that taking classes at the Rady School has enriched my undergraduate experience at UC San Diego.
What would you like to tell other students about the Rady School’s Undergraduate Program?
Students at UC San Diego should take advantage of the opportunity to take classes at the Rady School! If you want to be a Mutual Fund manager, take MGT 181 (Enterprise Finance). If you want to reach a broader market with your ideas, take MGT 103 (Product Marketing and Management). If you want to save the world with your biotech product, take MGT 121 (Innovation to Market). No matter what your major is, there will be something there that suits your needs.
What are your career plans? How is Rady helping you to achieve your goals?
After I graduate from UC San Diego I hope to work in the Banking sector in Finance. After taking Enterprise Finance at the Rady School, I returned to the Bank I interned at the previous summer and worked in the Finance Department. The managers were thoroughly impressed with the maturity and knowledge I picked up over the year, and I can attribute a large part to the things I learned at the Rady School.
Which class has been your favorite? Any favorite instructors? Why?
The Product Marketing and Management course taught by Professor Leif Nelson was definitely my favorite thus far. Although my past studies and internships have all focused on finance, Professor Nelson's class was truly eye-opening. Especially interesting was the way by which he showed his students the psychology involved with consumer marketing. The class held my attention from Day 1, whether is was through his students' active participation or the Harvard Business School case studies we looked at.