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Graduate Student Profile

Ying Xia

Hometown: Wuhan, China
Degree Sought: MBA
Lally School of Management
Year of graduation: 2013

Background and Accomplishments:

  • President of the Graduate Management Student Association (GMSA) at the Lally School of Management
    I guess I am the first Asian student as the president of GMSA at Lally. My goal is to help business school students network with professionals and find jobs with resources from Lally.
  • Executive board of the Rensselaer Mandarin Club
    I founded the club on the belief that it’s a trend for Americans to work in China. So, some basic knowledge of Mandarin will be beneficial to the Rensselaer community.

What made you decide to attend Rensselaer?

Three things:

High quality education. This is one of the reasons why I wanted to study at Rensselaer.

High technology-oriented. I have been here for a year and I have seen so many high technology-related events happening on the campus, such as venture summit, Nano 2012 conference, and many business plan competitions. I have always been very interested in high technology, and Rensselaer is a place when high technologies can be commercialized. You can see lots of opportunities here.

“Why not change the world?” – The moment I saw this slogan, I knew this is exactly what I want to do.

What are your plans following graduation?
I would love to work for a start-up and use my business knowledge to help commercialize high technology products. For me it's not about being a member of the next ‘Facebook’ and earning huge profits. It's about helping science to improve people’s life and making changes to the world!

Hobbies/Interests/Special Talents:
Swimming, ballroom dancing, and traveling.

What are some benefits of being part of the Graduate Community at Rensselaer?
As a graduate student, you can have access to a lot of resources. There are a lot of clubs about entrepreneurship and leadership.

There are also many school activities that you can make a lot of friends. And those friends may become team members or even business partners. Rensselaer encourages collaboration across different department and majors.

What would you tell a prospective student about choosing Rensselaer?
If you have ideas and you are not willing to just do routine stuff, then come to Rensselaer to learn about the ability you have to change the world. This is the place to meet people who hold similar thoughts, and to find resources to virtualize ideas.

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