Name: Eva Pan
Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Irvine
Undergraduate Major: Business Economics
Hometown: Shanghai, China
What brought you to the M.S. in Commerce Program at U.Va.?
I graduated with a business economics degree and decided to continue exploring a career in business by specializing in finance. I believe that having a deeper understanding of finance will help me succeed in the marketplace in the long run. This mindset brought me to the M.S. in Commerce Program, where the Integrated Core Experience provides an enterprise-wide view of business. This program really stands out from others because of its integrated projects, case studies, and Global Immersion Experience (GIE)! Because I have an international background, I am very passionate about studying the global context of business and taking the opportunity to visit another region of the world, both for business and personal reasons.
How would you compare the M.S. in Commerce Program to your undergraduate studies?
This one-year master’s program is definitely more intense than my undergraduate studies. I have learned so much more here in terms of business knowledge, analytical skills, and interpersonal skills. Also, as you can imagine, the weather in California is so different from the weather in Charlottesville. I enjoyed the sunshine on the beach in California, but I also like the fall at U.Va.
What’s been your favorite part of the M.S. in Commerce Program so far?
We have intense coursework in this program, which puts me under some pressure, but also motivates me to succeed! The best part of the program so far is that we were able to work on a group project for a company and provide recommendations for its current business problems. During a six-week period, we had the opportunity to work in groups and conduct market and industry research, prepare a client report, and present to executives of the company. The experience involved many skills that are important in the workplace. In my group, we were all excited about the project and committed to having a high-quality finished product. In the end, all of our hard work paid off.
What do you hope to do after you graduate from McIntire?
I am interested in possibly becoming a Financial Analyst. This position usually has a steep learning curve, which motivates me to continue to enhance my skill set. Because I previously interned at Citibank in Shanghai, I think working as a Credit Analyst or Risk Management Consultant could also be interesting and challenging. Right now, I am not positive what I want to do after graduation, so I will be open-minded about every opportunity that comes along.
How has where you are from helped shape your future goals and aspirations?
Even though I am from Shanghai, the financial center of China, I realized when I was young that the economic disparity between the rich and poor is huge. I know that education can be very powerful because it can change one’s life, but unfortunately, kids in rural areas of China often have limited access to education. This has taught me that more people need to give back to society in order to build a more accessible educational system. Even though I came to the United States to pursue my academic and career goals, I have the goal to give back to my community in the future.
What are your hobbies?
I like working out! I spend a lot of time jogging and doing yoga. Maintaining regular exercise is very important for me because it makes me happy and gives me confidence. I think it makes the body and mind stronger.
What is your favorite song?
I listen to all kinds of music, in Chinese and English, so it’s hard for me to pick a favorite one. Right now, it has to be “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz. I love the emotional and inspiring lyrics.
Written By: Ellie Reed