As I entered my first year at the Rady School, I prepared to hit the ground running in search of my summer internship. It is true what the Careers Connections team warns about during orientation – the recruiting season is well underway by the time first year students start at Rady. It is important to start the job search early! In October of 2017, I attended an on-campus IBM panel featuring IBM employees in different roles, including distinguished engineers, offerings managers and Summit Program representatives. After the event, I used LinkedIn to connect with the Summit Program panelist to set up a call to get a more detailed perspective on what the Summit Program entailed. The Summit Program representative had gone through the program and was able to answer my questions and provide guidance on how to apply for the internship successfully. What I was not aware of initially was that this representative had direct access to the program’s recruiting team and recommended me on the back-end for a position.


A few months before the start of the internship an IBM in San Francisco, the Summit Program managers paired me with an industry leader for the State of Washington. My assignment was to conduct a sales prospecting analysis to help implement best practices for the territory sales team. Working closely with each team member was valuable in that I got 15 different perspectives on what it is like to be an IBMer and learn about the company culture simultaneously.


The Summit Program sponsored travel to Dallas for orientation and to your host region for summer assignment purposes. Since the territory I was assigned was Washington State, my host manager and I planned for me to fly to Seattle twice, one for client-facing meetings and the second for internal planning meetings. The opportunity to travel was a nice perk to have as an intern and it also gave me a taste of life at IBM.


Participating in a summer internship is an invaluable experience for an MBA student pursuing the corporate track.  What better way to “test drive” a new industry, company and geography? My experience this summer allowed me to explore the tech industry and live in the Bay Area where tech is king. While my summer was filled with travel and a heavy workload, I was able to find networking opportunities inside IBM and in the San Francisco area. Needless to say, it was nice to have a month off before my second year at Rady commenced!

Elizabeth Castaneda is a member of the Rady School of Management Class of  2019 MBA cohort. She is also the president of the Women of Rady student organization. 


September 20, 2018 0 comment
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2018 marks the 5 and 10 year anniversaries of the Rady School of Management MBA Classes of 2013 and 2008, and the two classes will be gathering at the Bali Hai hotel in Mission Beach to reconnect and celebrate.

Are you a member of the Class of 2008 or 2013 MBA cohorts and haven’t purchased your ticket to the festivities yet? Here are 10 reasons why you should attend the reunion.

1) Reconnect with your classmates

How long has it been since you’ve seen your Business School friends? If you had to stop and do some mental math, it’s probably been too long. Reconnect with your old classmates, catch up on their lives and network with business leaders and entrepreneurs in America’s Finest City.

2) Raise a Mai Tai with Dean Sullivan and Rady faculty

Bali Hai is well known in town for their Mai Tai drinks, so stop by the event to chat with faculty and show them how much you’ve accomplished since crossing the Commencement stage while bonding over a legendary libation.  Don’t be nervous, they aren’t grading your papers anymore.

3) Spectacular views of San Diego Bay and the downtown skyline

A picture is worth a thousand words, and this picture speaks for itself.

4) Social media threads aren’t real conversations

No matter how many times you’ve “liked” their posts or commented on their pictures, social media interaction isn’t the same as connecting in real life. Take the communication offline and meet up with your friends from Rady in person!

5) Revisit and reframe your journey with fellow alumni

Chat with your fellow alumni and learn where their journey has taken them, and share your turning point moments as well. Have they started a business and found success? Did you transition careers or achieve balance? Toast to progress and learning from one another.

6) Change and aging is universal

And it’s for the better, of course! Like a fine wine, you’ve only gotten better with age. Join a group of educated intellectuals eager to have a stimulating conversation with you about the state of the business world or stock market. And, of course, everyone wants to see pictures of your kids, both furry and human.

7) Re-connect your educational life with your personal life

Earning an MBA is no easy feat. Throughout your journey, the emotional support provided by your fellow classmates was invaluable to your success. Raise your glass to aced exams, flawlessly-executed presentations, long night study sessions and a network of scholars and professionals. 

8) Because, photo booth

Complete with ample props and goofy disguises. The more you use – and the more people you can cram in the booth – the better the picture.

9) New business ideas and chances to learn

Did you join a pioneering biotechnology company after graduation? Interested in making a move into a different industry? Finding success with your Lab to Market startup? Connect with your fellow alumni to find what other opportunities and ideas are out there. You never know what insight you’ll be able to gain, or what companies are hiring!

10) Party with Erwin at one of San Diego’s top waterfront venues

You know you’ve missed him – here’s your chance to give him a hug! Erwin + photo booth + Mai Tai’s = Best. Reunion. Night. Ever.



September 18, 2018 0 comment
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The MBA may be the most well-known choice for people looking to enhance their career prospects in business. However, it’s far from the only option. In fact, many students are choosing specialized master’s degrees over the traditional MBA path.

Here’s what you need to know about this increasingly popular option, along with one San Diego school helping students position themselves for career success with specialized master’s degrees.

The MBA may be the most well-known choice for people looking to enhance their career prospects in business. However, it’s far from the only option. In fact, many students are choosing specialized master’s degrees over the traditional MBA path.

Here’s what you need to know about this increasingly popular option, along with one San Diego school helping students position themselves for career success with specialized master’s degrees.

More Expertise, Less Time

If you’re interested in gaining expertise in one particular aspect of business studies, a specialized master’s may be in your future. A recent US News & World Report article on the uptick in interest in specialized master’s degrees highlighted the allure of specialized master’s degrees for candidates who want to hone in on and deepen their knowledge of a specific subject.

Consider the case of Swagata Chakraborty, a recent graduate from the Master of Science in Business Analytics program of the Rady School of Management at the University of California San Diego. After working for two years on Citi’s Global Decision Management team in India, he’d reached an impasse.

“Towards the end of my tenure at Citi, I was trying to figure out whether I wanted to pursue an MBA or wanted to hold on to my engineering roots. On one hand, I loved working with datasets and writing codes to come up with analytical insights and on the other hand, gaining a formal degree to prepare for the business side of industrial problems seemed imperative to me,” says Chakraborty.

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Enter the Business Analytics specialized master’s degree at the Rady School. “When I learned about the Business Analytics Program at the Rady School, I realized that this is exactly the specialization I was looking for,” continues Chakraborty.

Not only do specialized master’s degree programs support the acquisition of advanced knowledge, but they often do so in less time and for less money — without the extensive work prerequisite.

Another appeal of specialized master’s degree programs? They can be tailored to respond to financial, environmental and other global disruptions,” according to The Globe and Mail.  In other words, if you want a degree that will enable you to hit the ground running as an authority in an emerging area, specialized master’s degrees provide exactly that.

One other thing to keep in mind about specialized master’s degrees, recently declared by Forbes to be “the hottest new MBA [that’s] not an MBA at all?”, is that they do not preclude the possibility of continuing on to an esteemed MBA degree in the future if and when career advancement or a shift into general management mandates it.

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Introducing Specialized Master’s Degrees at the Rady School

One school with uniquely compelling specialized master’s degree programs is UC San Diego’s Rady. Specifically, its Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAc), STEM-designated Master of Finance (MFin), and Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) programs offer invaluable skills for students aiming for the inside edge.

MFin program executive director and instructor Michael Melvin says, “The MFin program is a one-year quantitative program aimed at giving the students the skills required to be competitive in today’s financial industry. It is more technical than an MBA program and specializes in finance with an emphasis on data analysis.”

Meanwhile, MSBA executive director Raymond Pettit insists, “Our graduates learn not just how to code, for example, but also how to take results and relate them to business objectives. In addition, the program exposes the students to all the major areas of business where analytics play a key role. This cross-fertilization of learning and techniques across multiple business dimensions actually strengthens the insights and methods that our students can bring to the table when they do arrive on the scene of their respective jobs.”

This mindset of customizable curriculum and hands-on industry experience is also being rolled into the Rady School’s most recent specialized program, the Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAc), which is currently enrolling its first cohort. In addition to preparing students for the CPA exam, networking and career services are a key component to helping MPAc grads get a jump on their careers.

No mention of Rady is complete without mention of its extraordinary location. Chakraborty says, “The location and the culture of California serve as an advantage. Proximity to the various companies in the Bay Area as well as the several startups that are booming in California just make networking and collaborating in the professional frontier easier for us.”

Pettit adds, “Data and the ability to make sense of data is endemic across nearly every facet of business today. Our students have outstanding local assets in the biotech, health sciences, communications, government, and analytical services industry, and our network and reach of possible experiences, internships, capstones, and job placement is rapidly extending further to include key US business centers, such as San Francisco, Boston, and New York.”

And while these programs may be shorter than their MBA alternatives, the intensive curricula are designed to pack in a lot, including sought-after practical experience.

“Every student gets a chance to work with a company to implement a real project. We get to interact with companies and solve real-world problems.  This provides students with the experience and confidence required to navigate through the new field of analytics,” enthuses MSBA alumnus Snehanshu Tiwari.

Tiwari is also quick to point out Rady’s extraordinary faculty. “Each and every professor has a very strong research background. Profs [professors] go out of their way to help the student succeed in the program. They are always open to discussions and open to feedback. In fact, “Every staff member in the school wants us to succeed and do well,” Tiwari says.

The takeaway for everyone from recent grads to mid-career employees hoping to level-up? A specialized master’s degree may make sense from an advancement perspective.

But it is also important to note that all specialized master’s degree programs aren’t created equal. According to Forbes, education consulting firm Eduvantis founder Tim Westerbeck recently cautioned that “among the many useful programs are a few that were ill-conceived, and are less likely to give graduates the outcomes they want.”  Because of this, choosing to pursue a specialized master’s degree is only part of the equation.

Also critical? Choosing the right school — which brings us back to Rady. If you’re looking not just for a degree, but also for the quality assurance that goes along with a degree from a top-ranked institution, Rady’s specialized master’s programsmay be the perfect fit.

September 17, 2018 0 comment
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Hundreds of business leaders and entrepreneurs have emerged from the Rady School of Management since the School began in 2003. Alumni have joined the ranks of leading corporations or industry changing companies, or launched startups of their own. When asked about their success, these alumni have all attributed their accomplishments to the support, insight and guidance of Rady School faculty.

“The Rady School has grown exponentially in the past 15 years, thanks to the support and dedication of our faculty,” said Rady School Dean Robert Sullivan. “Their commitment to providing a top quality business education for our students coupled with their internationally-recognized research paves the way for continued success.”

Rady School curriculum explores innovation across a number of industry sectors while encouraging students to think entrepreneurially. Faculty lead two programs – StartR and Lab to Market – that encourage MBA students to develop and launch their own companies. Through the accelerator program and core curriculum, students gain real-world knowledge on how to create, scale, market and gain funding for their innovations.  In the last three years alone, the number of entrepreneurship-related graduate courses has surged from 12 to 28 with the number of faculty teaching an entrepreneurship course growing from 13 to 23.

“My time at the Rady School of Management gave me the startup bug – without this experience and having amazing professors, I would not be successful with my company today,” said Brett Blazys (MBA ’14), creator of, a consulting and finance firm.

In addition to providing top-tier instruction and curriculum immersion in the classroom, Rady School faculty are leading the way in their fields of research. These contributions to scholarly research have been recognized by a number of publications — the school’s faculty have been ranked #1 in the U.S. for intellectual capital by Bloomberg Businessweek, 14th globally for faculty research by the Financial Times and 12th globally in student rating of teaching quality by The Economist.

Harry Markowitz, an esteemed Rady School professor who earned the 1990 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, continues to be a thought leader in the field of investments. He is recognized for being the mastermind behind modern portfolio theory, a theory on diversifying stocks to get the best returns. Markowitz’s contributions to economics have earned him the title as “the greatest investor of all time.”

For the past two years, Professor Uri Gneezy was recognized as a highly cited researcher for his contributions to the field of behavioral economics. Gneezy’s has been featured in prominent academic publications, including American Economic Review, the Quarterly Journal of Economics and Econometrica. His research has also been referenced in the New York Times, Washington Post, Marketplace, Quartz, TIME, The Financial Times, the Boston Globe and the Economist.

Two Rady School faculty were recently awarded prestigious fellowships for their respective fields. Assistant Professor of Finance Richard Townsend was awarded the Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research, a $35,000 grant given to junior faculty members contributing to the field of entrepreneurship. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation selected Charles Sprenger, Associate Professor of Economics and Strategy, to receive a Sloan Research Fellowship. Sprenger was gifted $55,000 to further his research, and was recognized as a “rising star” in his field.

15 Years of Excellence

In its 15 years, the Rady School has grown exponentially, adding numerous tenure-track professors to support the growing programs, and experts in burgeoning fields of research.   Today, the school has approximately 40 permanent faculty, many of whom have joined the Rady School from some of the nation’s most prestigious schools, including Harvard, Stanford, Chicago Booth, MIT, and the University of Cambridge, among numerous other institutions.

This fall, two new members join the ranks of esteemed Rady School faculty. Raymond Pettit, an accomplished advertising, media and marketing research expert, will serve as the Executive Director of the Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) program and the Center for Business Analytics. Robert Sanders, who recently earned his Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Chicago, joins the Rady School as an Assistant Professor of Marketing.

“We are thrilled to welcome Raymond Pettit and Robert Sanders to the Rady School of Management,” Sullivan said. “Sanders joins a number of outstanding world-renowned faculty going above and beyond to provide stellar student experiences, inspiring the next generation of business leaders. Pettit’s expertise and experience in a number of fields ensures that the Rady Master of Science in Business Analytics program will continue to grow and inspire the next generation of business leaders.”


September 12, 2018 0 comment
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At the 2018 Rady Golf Classic, participants mingled with innovators and community leaders at the beautiful La Jolla Country Club to benefit fellowships at the Rady School of Management. Held on August 27, 2018, this signature fundraising event brought together corporate and community sponsors, Rady School alumni, faculty and student golfers.

We extend our gratitude to Cubic, which returned as the presenting sponsor for a second year, continuing its eight-year long partnership with the Rady School. Not only is Cubic supportive, it also turns out great golfers—the Cubic team won 2nd place in this year’s tournament! Matt Newsome, Senior Vice President and General Manager, shared that “The Rady Golf tournament is one of our favorite events of the year. It’s the perfect blend of comradery with fellow Cubic, San Diego, Rady and UC San Diego friends and colleagues while all for the benefit of graduate student fellowships.  We are proud to be a sponsor of such a great event.”

The Rady School is grateful to steadfast supporter, Curtis Swindal of Morgan Stanley, who has sponsored the tournament every year. One of his Morgan Stanley team members, Arlene Brown, took home the women’s “closest to the pin” award.

“The accomplishments and success of the Rady School of Management are well-known throughout San Diego. PostalAnnex is pleased to provide its support through sponsorship at the annual Rady Golf Tournament. One of the best parts of the day is talking with current students and alumni who are part of our foursomes. Their dreams and work is indeed inspiring,” said Steve Goble, Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer, Annex Brands, Inc.

The 1st place award was won by a team that reflected the makeup of the course: a Rady administrator, community member and alumni Brett Blazys (MBA ‘14). “The Rady Golf Classic is my favorite event each year. From beautiful scenery to great food with Dean Sullivan and Ernest Rady himself, the built in comradery of the day is inspirational. Keeping in touch with old alumni and beating Bosco Lujan, is truly some of the most fun I have ever had on a golf course.” said Blazys. Lujan (MBA ’12) is a Rady School alum who continues to sponsor the Rady Golf Classic through Morgan Stanley and has won many years in a row.

UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep Khosla even tried his hand at the putting contest and connected with the golfers.

Current Rady students and alumni attended the event, sharing their Rady School experiences and demonstrating the lasting impact fellowship support. Among them was Danny Tyson (MBA ’16), who enjoyed his day on the course.

“My fellowship allowed me to obtain my MBA without the burden of student debt, which has given me a strong foundation on which to build my career,” Tyson said.

Supported in many ways by Ernest Rady, the Rady School develops ethical and entrepreneurial leaders who make a positive impact in the world through innovation, collaboration, and knowledge. The Rady Golf Classic is a wonderful opportunity to bring together the community in support of student fellowships and to honor Ernest Rady’s support of the organization.

We’ll be announcing the 2019 Rady Golf Classic date, soon! Join us next year for this fun and meaningful event.

2018 Rady Golf Classic Sponsors

  • Cubic Transportation Systems
  • American Assets Trust
  • Annex Brands
  • Rady Children’s Hospital
  • Biomed Realty
  • Morgan Stanley – Bosco Lujan, ‘12
  • Morgan Stanley – Curtis Swindal
  • Hale BioPharma Ventures LLC
  • CalPrivate Bank
  • San Diego Marriott Del Mar
  • Robert Kibble
  • Rafael and Marina Pastor
  • iAM Physical Therapy

Golf Prize Sponsors

  • UC San Diego Art Power
  • UC San Diego Athletics
  • UC San Diego Econ Roundtable
  • Center for Executive Education
  • UC San Diego Challenge Course
  • La Jolla Playhouse
  • Snake Oil Cocktails Co.
September 7, 2018 0 comment
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An alumni of the Rady School of Management harnessed his MBA degree to start innovative companies making major breakthrough in his industry. Suman Kanuganti (MBA ’14) was honored by the San Diego Business Journal as a “San Diego’s Next 40 Top Business Leaders Under 40.” Each year, the publication devises a list of business leaders making a difference in the San Diego community. Four alumni of UC San Diego – including Kanuganti – were named on the list.

Entrepreneurship and innovation are two major curriculum focuses at the Rady School, and Kanuganti took advantage of the school’s core sequence, Lab to Market, to help launch and grow his businesses Aira. Aira is a company dedicated to helping the visually impaired community through technology. In addition, Aira is a graduate of Rady’s StartR Accelerator. Today, Aira continues to grow, earning recognition and funding, expanding operations across the country and making positive contributions to economy.

About Kanuganti

Suman Kanuganti launched Aira Tech Corp while pursuing his MBA at the Rady School. During his time in the FlexMBA program, Kanuganti also worked at Qualcomm as a product development consultant. Inspired by a visually impaired friend’s tenacity and ambitious nature, Kanuganti created Aira, a technological platform that connects blind and visually impaired ‘explorers’ with remote agents that enable them to navigate the world with increased autonomy. Using smart glasses, explorers are able to share their field of vision with the agents who can help them with tasks, such as navigating grocery stores, locating bus stops, maneuvering through airports and more. Aira continues to expand, forming partnerships with popular ridesharing mobile application Lyft, and securing contracts with universities and airports across the country.


August 30, 2018 0 comment
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KLA-Tencor (KT) has been a leader in process control for the semiconductor and related industries for 40 years, developing and manufacturing inspection, metrology and data analysis systems that rely on innovative optics, sensors and high performance computing technologies. KT’s Corporate Procurement division focuses on globally strengthening KT’s competitive advantage through optimizing supply chain innovation, reliability, effectiveness and efficiency.

Jessica Bonilla FT MBA ‘18

I came across KT during my first year at Rady. The University Relations team at KT reached out informing me that they received my resume from Rady and asked if I was interested in applying for their supply chain summer internship. After a couple interviews with my Manager, Kirk Maloney, I knew KT would be a great place to be. I then received and accepted an offer to intern.

During my internship I worked on a “Corporate Procurement Re-engineering” project. I conducted market research and analysis, recreated the departments UI/UX, and conducted analysis on a workforce initiative. During this project, I was able to implement many skills and knowledge gained during courses such as: Operations, Lab to Market, and Finance. Toward the end of the internship, I received a fulltime job offer from Kirk and the Head of Procurement, John Proverbs, for upon graduation.

Now a year later, I’m working as a Supply Chain Specialist focusing on KT’s implementation of a global Contracts Lifecycle Management solution. With this project, I’ve been able to implement many of the skills acquired during Rady’s Project Management and Costs in Supply Chain Management courses.  As I progress in my career, I look forward to further development at KT and implementing the knowledge acquired during my time in San Diego and Rady.

Dan Deng FT MBA ‘19

My experience with KT was a very interesting one. I haven’t previously thought about a supply chain position, but the passion of the Supply Chain professors I met, such as Anklesaria and Shin, really drove my interest in the supply chain field. I originally applied for the KT supply chain internship program back in December, through Careers Rady. I hadn’t heard back; but, I noticed that the contact for the internship happened to be with one of the second year students, Jessica Bonilla.  I then took the initiative to reach out to her and set up an informational interview. After speaking with Jessica, I learned a lot about KT and her experience there as an intern, which increased my interest with the company. Afterwards, I received a request for a phone interview, and after a few rounds I received a supply chain internship offer from my manager, Scott Bostic.

During my internship I worked on a Conflict Minerals Expansion Project. This entailed a thorough review of KT’s current process, improvements, and expansion of the program. This project utilized my background as an analyst as well as important lessons learned through the core Rady curriculum.

As I prepare for my second year at Rady, I am hopeful that I will be part of the Israel Immersion course (which Jessica spoke very highly of) as there is a large tech and startup culture there.  I hope to bring back my experience to share with my fellow cohort and the incoming MBA cohort, and further my knowledge in supply chain and business.

August 30, 2018 0 comment
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The Rady School of Management welcomes Robert Sanders as an Assistant Professor of Marketing. Sanders joins the Rady School from the University of Chicago where he earned his Ph.D. in Business Administration in the Quantitative Marketing and Economics track. He will teach Research for Marketing Decisions for the MBA program in fall 2018.

Sanders research has focused on pricing and how marketing problems intersect with public policy, specifically in the context of the digital age. He has studied the problem of food waste at retail grocery stores and has examined how consumer misinformation contributes to the pricing of national branded products compared to store-brand products. He is currently conducting research on the pricing of ride sharing services and online dating apps.

In addition to his Ph.D., Sanders earned a B.Sc. in Economics (with distinction) from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business.

Along with Sanders, Raymond Pettit, an accomplished advertising, media and marketing research expert, joined the Rady School during the summer as the Executive Director of the Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) program and the Center for Business Analytics.

August 29, 2018 0 comment
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Each year, the Rady School of Management taps the business potential of students by offering StartR — a non-profit accelerator program for Rady School of Management students and alumni designed to provide entrepreneurs the tools needed to start and grow their businesses.

The spring Class of 2018 will culminate their efforts with the accelerator at StartR Demo Day, which takes place on Wednesday, Oct. 3.


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August 22, 2018 0 comment
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To say that Jaden Risner (MBA ’19) has a lot on his plate would be an understatement. When he’s not in class pursuing his MBA degree, he works as a Naval Officer and pilot, and also is working on developing Family Proud, a startup launched with his fellow Rady School of Management classmates.

“I chose Rady largely because I believe in the Rady School’s mission to develop ethical and entrepreneurial leaders who make a positive impact in the world,” he said. “Coming to Rady has afforded me the greatest opportunity to meet my co-founder of Family Proud. My story is not unique in anyway, however it has had its own set of challenges and tribulations over the years. Each and every one of us have stories and experiences that define who we are.”

1) Why did you choose to pursue an MBA?

I chose to pursue an MBA at Rady to give myself a foundation of business acumen and use the available resources to act as a catalyst for my startup.

2) Why did you choose the Rady School?

The Rady School is well known in Southern California for having a strong entrepreneurial program and with part of Rady’s mission demanding us to have a positive impact through innovation, I felt that it was the best place to be.

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

Rady is unique because it brings together such a wide variety of people and backgrounds, which enables us as students to learn so much more through the people you engage with in program.

4) What classes are you looking forward to taking this year?

I am looking forward to Negotiations and Topics in Innovation of Healthcare Tech.

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

I have enjoyed interacting with my classmates from different backgrounds as it has helped me learn about other fields that I have no experience in.

6) What are your goals after graduation?

My goal after graduation is to successfully transition to the Navy Reserves and be working on my startup full time.

7) What advice do you have for prospective students?

Take advantage of the resources available through both Rady and UC San Diego at large. Don’t just wait for that next seminar, plug yourself into the communities and networks you are interested in and go after it.

8) Anything else you would like to share?

Your time in any program will be short, build meaningful relationships with the people you are around and balance your learning with growth. Don’t forget to enjoy the La Jolla sunsets, albeit it might be from the study room.


August 15, 2018 0 comment
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