Monday, October 14, 2013

[STUDENT AMBASSADOR] Qian Qian - My Unwritten Journey in the U.S.

WES Student Advisor: What is an average day like as an MBA student in the U.S.?

The 3 S: Study, social and sleep. 30% study, 60% social and only 10% sleep.

For study, a majority of the courses require group work. Meeting rooms at school are always occupied especially when it’s close to semester terms. For social, we have happy hours and numerous parties where you can network to connect with alumni and your fellow classmates.

WES Student Advisor: What were some of the factors that helped you shortlist the universities that you would apply to? How did you make your final decision on New York University?

Two “Fits” helped me to shortlist my universities. First is the profile fit. By assessing my GPA, work experience and exam percentile (e.g. GMAT, TOFEL), I had a target range which was in the top 10-20 business schools. I also selected a couple of schools in the M7 (also known as magnificent seven) and in the top 20-30 range.

Then I screened the schools by factors I care about such as location. Some schools are highly ranked but not in the best location for me. As an international student in the U.S., I not only wanted to study and socialize with classmates but most importantly to experience the business community and culture. That is why I choose NYU-Stern in Manhattan.

The second is career fit. Some schools (e.g. Kellogg, Tuck) have strong career resources in consulting while others (e.g. Wharton, Stern) in finance. Therefore, before you come to pursue an MBA degree, you’d better know where you want to be after graduation so as to choose the MBA school that fits you best.

WES Student Advisor: What are your hopes after graduation?

I would very much like to stay connected with my fellow MBA friends who are so smart and fun. As for my career, I want to work abroad for another 2-3 years and then bring the experience and insight back to my home country.


Hello everyone, my name is Qian Qian, a 2nd year full-time MBA student at NYU Stern, specializing in Finance and Entrepreneurship. Originally I come from mainland China with working experience in the technology industry. I love traveling, reading, archery and cooking.

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