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 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.
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:
What was the key factor that led you to choose this program for your full-time MBA and why was it so important to you? I chose Olin because Olin chose me. When Dean Taylor described the community as “elite but never elitist; confident but never arrogant,” I knew I had found my home.
More stats on the Olin full-time MBA Class of 2019:
19% Under-represented minorities
13 US military veterans
11 pursuing dual degrees
4.8 years average work experience
Undergraduate background: students come from three general areas of study including Business/Economics; Engineering/Science; and Humanities/Social Sciences
Country of birth:
NEW ZEALAND 1
SAUDI ARABIA 1
SOUTH AFRICA 1
UNITED STATES 82