Yiran Shan

Yiran Shan

Undergraduate School: University of Rochester

Major: Business and Music

Hometown: Shandong, China

Languages: Mandarin and English

Why did you choose this program? Having an international education background, I knew I wanted to do a graduate degree in international business, but was struggling to find a program that was a good fit for me. I believe cultural immersion is essential in understanding business practices in a foreign country. This Global 3 program provides us with the unique opportunity to go to different countries and to be educated by faculties in those countries. I find this to be the most effective way of developing business skills.

What do you enjoy about the program so far? I have really enjoyed the residence experience and the academic coursework so far.

Living with, especially sharing an apartment with, people from different cultures is a unique experience for most of us. Culture sharing and understanding cannot been done through only talking, but also experiencing. My Italian roommate was shocked when she first saw me using a rice cooker, and drinking hot water instead of cold. At the same time, I was surprised to see my other American roommate eating rice using a fork instead of spoon. These experiences led to many interesting conversations, and a deeper understanding of each other's cultural backgrounds.

The academic coursework in the program is very practical and specifically tailored to this global setting. We get to develop both quantitative (e.g., "Excel for Decision Making" class) and qualitative skills (e.g., "Strategic Leadership" class) through the classes. I feel much more confident in job search and professional settings given this strong academic foundation the program is building for us.

Fun Facts about Me: I can play seven different instruments (piano, carillon, guitar, harmonica, hulusi, marimba, timpani) I lived and studied in a castle by the Atlantic Ocean for two years during high school. I volunteered in a prison for a year.

Hobbies: Yoga, piano, guitar, singing, traveling, movies, spending time with animals