Expanding Your Comfort Zone: A Reflection from the Faculty Director

With the second class of the M.S. in Global Commerce Program well under way, I have been thinking a lot about the process of expanding our comfort zones. Many, if not most, of the students in our three-continent program explicitly express the desire to move beyond their current zones of comfort in order to gain confidence and new skills. I believe this is a wonderful goal, and it’s definitely an objective of our program.

Student Feature: Sonic Cho, Class of 2018

I’ll never forget the first time I met Sonic in this program. He came up to me and said, “Hey, I’m Sonic, like the hedgehog!”—a reference to the iconic video game character. This exchange sums up Sonic’s personality: extremely outgoing and clever. He moved from Taiwan to the United States at the age of 12 and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating with majors in Finance, Real Estate, and Risk Management. With an interest in international business, Sonic decided to continue his studies with UVA’s M.S. in Global Commerce Program because of the University’s “prestige and reputation for outstanding career resources.”

Alumni in Action

The M.S. in Global Commerce (MSGC) program is almost nearing the end of the U.S. term; it’s hard to believe how fast time flies! Even though the program is only in its second year, students from the inaugural class are already reaping the benefits from this unique global experience. Some of the major benefits of this program are the career services resources and alumni networks from three esteemed universities in the U.S., China, and Spain. We spoke with two alumni, Grace—who now works at Accenture—and Stoan—who now works at Volvo—about why they chose the program and its positive impact on their careers.

Why I Turned Down a Job Offer for Graduate School

I always planned to work immediately after undergrad and never considered the possibility of graduate school. After receiving a full-time job offer from a consulting firm in the fall of my senior year, I thought my post-grad plans were set. Then, to my surprise, I opened an email from UVA about their M.S. in Global Commerce program. After doing some research, I knew this was something I wanted to seriously consider. A graduate program that allowed me to travel around the world and earn two degrees in just one-year? Right up my alley. I (and my parents), however, needed more convincing that this program would be a valuable investment—and worth turning down my job offer.

MSGC in Charlottesville: A New Kind of “Academical Village”

Hi y’all! My name is Katherine Campbell and I am originally from Danville, Virginia. I recently completed my undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with degrees in Business (Finance) and Music. I’m excited to be sharing the M.S. in Global Commerce experience with you from the students’ perspective.

Introducing the Class of 2018

United States. China. Spain.

Last Monday, we welcomed our newest cohort to the University of Virginia in the historical Rotunda, designed by Thomas Jefferson as the architectural and academic heart of the University. Over the next year, our bloggers will document this unique dual degree & certificate program from the student perspective. First, an introduction to the Class of 2018.