Sonic Cho

Sonic Cho

Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan

Undergraduate School: University of Wisconsin- Madison

Undergraduate Major: Finance, Real Estate, Risk Management

Languages: English, Mandarin Chinese

Why did you choose this program? I chose this program because not only would I have the opportinity to travel across three continents, I would also earn two master’s degrees and a certificate from three world-renowned institutions in just one year. Moreover, the industries I want to work in have seen a rapid pace of globalization, and I believe this program will help me utilize the skills I learned as an undergrad in a global context. Last, I wanted to be within a business environment where I could work with other people with a wide variety of business skill sets. A program that includes people of both diverse nationalities and business majors is something that seemed a perfect fit for me.

What do you enjoy about the program so far? While I have only been at the University of Virginia for three weeks, I am enjoying everything about this program so far. The town of Charlottesville offers a historic vibe, which is very different from that of my undergraduate school. The best part of the program, however, is the people. The admissions team has done a wonderful job selecting applicants of high character, and the faculty and staff have been nothing but awesome. The program also offers an abundance of resources to prepare students for their professional careers, and the support from various company connections has been absolutely eye-opening.

What has surprised you? Aside from the amount of career-related resources offered by UVA and sponsoring companies, what really surprised me was how fast people have bonded in this program. It made sense, however, since we all have the same class schedule and live practically in the same place. I can already confidently say that I have made friends from all over the world that will last a lifetime.

Fun facts: Although my nationality is Taiwanese, I have been living in the United States for the past 11 years and speak both Mandarin Chinese and English equally fluently. Also, I quote Harvey Specter, the main character from the TV show "Suits," at least once a day.

Hobbies: Working out in the Aquatic Fitness Center with friends, reading on the Lawn, exploring the bars on the Corner during weekends. I'm also an avid baseball, basketball, college football, and wrestling fan.