My name is Bill Koepsell and I am one of the student ambassadors for the M.S. in Global Commerce program. I was also an undergraduate student at the University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce in Block 7. Personally, I knew I wanted to do this program since my first year at UVA. I became addicted to travel and cultural exposure through my study abroad trips, so this program stuck out as an avenue to continue exploring those interests before entering the workforce. Of course, now that I’m in the program I can assure you it has much more to offer.
McIntire prepared me for the group work that you see integrated into every aspect of this program, but even my undergraduate experiences didn’t prepare me for how capable and impressive my classmates would be. Every day I learn things from my peers that I never would have been exposed to outside of this program. It’s not limited to the cultural exposure, which is certainly part of the experience, but also learning from the past academic and work experiences of everyone around me.
The workload is certainly more than undergrad, but we live all together so we hold each other accountable to do the assignments and maintain a work-life balance. Recruitment has been a significant part of these first few weeks because a lot of us are recruiting for consulting jobs and the deadlines for those opportunities began in August. The supportive atmosphere and resources at Commerce Career Services have been very helpful with staying on top of those deadlines.
I hope you consider applying for the M.S. in Global Commerce. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.