Academics

M.S. in Global Commerce’s 2021-2022 Student Ambassadors

Meet this year's M.S. in Global Commerce Program student ambassadors!

 

Lena Hametner

Lena Hametner
Hometown: Vienna, Austria

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Undergraduate institution: Vienna University of Business and Economics (Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien)

Undergraduate major: Business Administration

Club and organizations during undergrad: I volunteered off campus for an international high school exchange organization (Youth for Understanding), doing various HR and marketing activities. Additionally, I held cultural tolerance and antidiscrimination workshops for school classes as a CGrow Coloured Glasses Trainer.

Academic interests: HR (especially recruiting, training and leadership), marketing and advertising (copywriting, relationship management)

What appealed to you about the M.S. in Global Commerce Program?

The cross-cultural experience inside and outside the classroom. The three universities have high academic standards, and the content of the program coincided with my future career plans without narrowing down my options to a single field or industry. But the main appeal was the people and places—I was sure they would broaden my horizon and reshape my understanding of our connected world.

What are you looking forward to most in the M.S. in Global Commerce program and why?

Apart from connecting with the international cohort, I am looking forward the most to the “Doing Business” parts of the curriculum in each country. It will be fascinating and invaluable to experience such diverse business environments firsthand. We will gain insight into region-specific workings that would not be possible in any other setting.

What book are you currently reading? (not for MSGC)

Circe by Madeline Miller, which is a feminist retelling of a famous Greek myth

What’s your “walk up” or hype song?

Definitely “Don’t Stop Believin,'” by Journey. It captures the spirit of adventure, is super catchy, and makes me smile on even the worst day. Also, it feels like a theme song for the M.S. in Global Commerce Program.

 

 

Sophia LiSophia (Shuhan) Li
Hometown: Guangdong, China

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Undergraduate institution: Zhongnan University of Economics and Law

Undergraduate major: Trade and Economy

Club and organizations during undergrad: AIESEC

Academic interests: Marketing

What appealed to you about the M.S. in Global Commerce Program?

Diversity

What are you looking forward to most in the M.S. in Global Commerce program and why?

A diverse international environment and deeper understanding towards culture and business in the global context. Since I am interested in helping Chinese brands go global and helping SME scale up in the market, I am surprised to find that everything in MSGC matched me.

What book are you currently reading (not for your program)?

The Dependent Personality

What are your hobbies?

Livehouse, TV drama, traveling

 

 

Andreas Lorenz
Hometown: Cologne, Germany

Undergraduate institution: Fachhochschule der Wirtschaft Paderborn

Undergraduate major: Business IT

Club and organizations during undergrad: Brand Ambassador

Academic interests: Analytics, IT, strategy, economics

What appealed to you about the M.S. in Global Commerce Program?

International society, culture, and the quality of the academic institutions

What are you looking forward to most in the M.S. in Global Commerce program and why?

Building meaningful and long-lasting intercultural relationships, working on a thesis with a diverse team, and traveling across China, Europe, and the U.S.

 

 

Kyle NguyenKyle Nguyen

Hometown: Annandale, VA

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Undergraduate institution: University of Virginia

Undergraduate major: Majors: Marketing and Information Technology. Minors: Advertising & Digital Media and Business Analytics

Club and organizations during undergrad: University Programs Council, Advertising and Marketing Association, Vietnamese Student Association

Academic Interests: Advertising, marketing

What appealed to you about the M.S. in Global Commerce Program?

What appealed to me was the idea of studying at the top institutions in three different countries and getting to travel and experience the world with an incredible class.

What are you looking forward to most in the M.S. in Global Commerce Program and why?

I am looking forward to traveling and immersing myself in new environments. I cannot wait to learn about the different cultures, meet new people, and create lasting connections with my classmates!

If you could go on a cross-country road trip with a famous person, living or dead, who would it be and why?

Taylor Swift, because I want to become her best friend

Name three places on your bucket list to travel to and why.

  1. Egypt. There is so much history and the culture is so rich.
  2. Paris. The art and food are immaculate.
  3. Singapore. After I saw “Crazy Rich Asians,” I knew immediately I needed to go.

 

 

Patrick O'HaraPatrick O’Hara
Hometown: Malverne, NY

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Undergraduate institution: College of William & Mary

Undergraduate major: Economics

Club and organizations during undergrad: Griffin School Partnerships, Interfraternity Council Conduct Board, Mason Global Ambassador Program, Students Helping Honduras, Study Abroad Student Advisory Board

Academic interests: Macroeconomics, data analytics, management consulting, etc.

What appealed to you about the M.S. in Global Commerce Program?

I was drawn to the program because of the unique opportunity to develop my research skills, while also working alongside the best talent from across the globe.

What are you looking forward to most in the M.S. in Global Commerce program and why?

I’m most looking forward to the opportunity to live and study in Barcelona. The opportunity to travel and study at another world-class institution is something I am extremely excited about.

What are your hobbies?

I love golfing, playing tennis, going to the beach, stand up paddle boarding, and much more!

Name three places on your bucket list to travel to and why.

  1. Machu Picchu. I need to get there before it’s ruined by tourists.
  2. Sydney. It’s definitely my favorite city in the world, and I would love to get back to Bondi Beach at some point.
  3. Croatia. Some of the scenery is incredible, and this is at the top of my mom’s bucket list, so I would love to go with her. 

 

 

Andrea WiseAndrea Wise

Hometown: Greenville, MS

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Undergraduate institution: Trinity University

Undergraduate major: International Business

Club and organizations during undergrad: Intermural sports team

Academic interests: HR, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, operations, etc.

What appealed to you about the M.S. in Global Commerce Program?

The course curriculum and the international appeal

What are you looking forward to most in the M.S. in Global Commerce Program and why?

I look forward to the interactions of different people and learning from their experiences.

Name three places on your bucket list to travel to and why.

  1. Vienna, Austria, to see the castle of Empress Elizabeth
  2. Italy, to see Rome and Florence
  3. Iceland, to bathe in the Blue Lagoon baths

What are your hobbies?

Going on adventures, interacting with friends, cooking, and reading

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