I grew up in Shanghai, China, and studied economics at Fudan University. With a clear goal to experience life overseas, I decided to go for an MBA later in the U.S. to accelerate my career, instead of jumping into a master’s program immediately. After living in my hometown for 20 years, I moved to Beijing to start my career, which is quite rare for “Shanghainese.” I worked at Shell for 3 years, specializing in supply chain for lubricants.

My curiosity and my passion for new experiences drove me to B-school. As an early career applicant, who skipped two years in primary school, I’m one of the youngest students in the class. This definitely imposes some challenges in professional environments, but on the other hand, I widened my perspectives early, and have learnt a lot from my classmates with diverse backgrounds. The MBA is a maturation process for me, and has impacted my personality in a profound way.

This past summer I interned in an internal consulting team at Shell in warm Houston, Texas, where I had a lot of Tex-Mex food and barbecue.

Fuqua Activities: In my first year, I was a cabinet member of the Net Impact Club and Marketing Club, and a board associate with a local non-profit (Fuqua On Board). I travelled to many places in Week-in-Cities trips, and went to South Africa for the Fuqua Client Consulting Practicum. Now I am a teaching assistant for 5 core courses, and a cabinet member of the Asian Business Club. I also look forward to meeting many prospective students in interviews as an Admissions Fellow.

Despite the crazy MBA life, I enjoy oil painting, and attending concerts through Duke Performances (always $10 for students). I also like training for a half marathon on the beautiful WaDuke trail, and playing golf on the grand professional field that’s 2 minutes from Fuqua (Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club). In my second year, I plan to go on exchange to a B-school in Europe, travel to Latin America, join a road trip across the States, and participate in more outdoor activities.