My name is Jorge Aranguri-Bazan, and I come from Peru. I earned my degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of Toronto. After graduating, I worked full-time for EY in Peru as a Transfer Pricing Analyst for a year and a half before joining the M.S. in Global Commerce program. When I thought about going back to school for my master’s, I researched programs that would allow me to broaden my international experience. When I found the M.S. in Global Commerce, it immediately caught my attention because of the unique opportunity to study and network with students from all around the world and to learn from professors at three very prestigious business schools.
ince starting the Program last fall, I’ve not only learned so much from my professors in the classroom, but also from my peers through the interactive classroom environment and emphasis on teamwork. Unlike my undergrad, participation is very important in the classroom. It creates an exchange of ideas not only between us and the professors, but also between each other. I’ve appreciated the diversity of perspectives I’ve been able to gain from my classmates who come from all over the world. Additionally, there is a strong emphasis on group work, which has taught me how to work with people from different cultures and see the reasoning behind our thought differences, a valuable skill to have in the workplace.
We recently completed our coursework in China at Lingnan (University) College. It offered new experiences every day, teaching me to be adaptable and deepening my relationships with my Chinese peers who really helped me adjust to life in China. I’ve been fascinated by China’s incredible culture and history, and we were able to visit Chinese companies like Mindray and DJI. I’ve also enjoyed exploring iconic sites with my peers outside the classroom.
I know that my M.S. in Global Commerce degree will give me a leg up as I re-enter the business world. I have gained 53 new friends and a global network that will follow me into my career. To any future students, I encourage you to seek new experiences and embrace change as you study and experience three very different cultures and locations. Be open to trying new things. It’s truly a once in a lifetime opportunity!