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Global, diverse, and talented are just a few of the adjectives that describe the full-time MBA Class of 2019. They hail from 20 different countries and have a wide range of experience from teacher to NASA researcher, US Navy pilot to K-Pop star. Women represent 39% of the class where the median age is 28.
“We identified several common themes among the class,” said Jason A. Brown,Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions. “Many of the first year MBAs desire to start their own business, they share the thrill of traveling and playing musical instruments. Several have participated in Teach for America, the Peace Corps, and Americorps.”
Brown highlighted unique skills and backgrounds of a few members of the class:
Rina Amatya©Photo by Jerry Naunheim Jr.
Rina Amatya previously worked at NASA where she completed research in the Jet Propulsion Lab
Emily Francis is the third-highest rated female chess player in the state of Georgia
Before joining the Marines, Ryan Harbison served his undergraduate community as a volunteer firefighter
Seongjoon Hong is a wilderness responder
Kyuil Lee considers himself a “first-generation K-pop singer” and is a former member of Honey Family, a K-pop singing and dancing group; he is also a recipient of the Technical Grammy Award from Lexicon
Jesus Bandres is a professional tennis player and has represented his home country of Venezuela in the Davis Cup and Wimbledon tournaments. He contributes his talents here as an Assistant Men’s Tennis Coach at WashU, so you may see him on the Tao Tennis Center courts in between classes.
Bandres playing for Venezuela at the Davis Cup in April.
Another member of Olin’s MBA class of 2019, Gheremey Edwards (pictured above), is profiled on the website Poets & Quants in an article that features first year MBAs from top business schools around the country. Here’s an excerpt from Edwards’ interview:
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