Rich Eldh

M.S. in Commerce 2018, University of Virginia
B.A. in International Political Economy 2017, Fordham University

Track: Business Analytics

Hometown: Westport, CT

Why did you choose UVA’s M.S. in Commerce Program? The focus of my graduate school search was to find a program that would allow me to develop both a strong understanding of general business concepts as well as technical skills required for a position in the field of business analytics. The M.S. in Commerce Program covered both of these needs perfectly, and its reputation only further solidified my decision to apply. In addition, the McIntire experience of open classroom discussions and team-oriented projects contributed a great deal to my decision.

What do you enjoy about the program so far? The learning environment. My professors are not only incredibly insightful, but truly want all of us to succeed. There was an incredible sense of community between the students from the get-go as well – all of my classmates are very personable and willing to lend a hand in any way they can.

I have also especially enjoyed the open discussion component of my classes. This program attracts a wide range of majors, so every day you witness a diverse grouping of perspectives that would never emerge in a discipline-specific environment.

What has surprised you about the program so far? Our professors did not ease us into the workload at all. This certainly pays off though, because it immediately puts you in the proper mindset for recruiting season during which students need to find a solid balance between their coursework, career search and social life. Our lectures, assignments, and projects are also directly applicable to what we can expect to be doing in the workforce, which makes each and every day even more refreshing as we search for opportunities that fit our aspirations and skill sets.

Fun Fact: I spent 18 weeks studying abroad in Haifa, Israel, during the spring semester of my junior year.

Hobbies: International travel, intramural flag football/basketball, skiing, fitness, and reading