Ai “Stella” Wang is a full-time student in the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School’s Master of Science in Finance degree program. Stella joined the Carey Business School after degrees in Human Resource Management and Finance from the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China.
In addition to her full-time studies, Stella is also completing an internship with the Maryland Wineries Association in Baltimore, MD.
How do you manage the demands of school and your other obligations?
How to manage time effectively is always a big issue. As business school students, we need to network and communicate with others. We need to know what happens in financial industry by reading Wall Street Journal and other business news outlets. We have our assignments and we need to master what we’ve learned in class. But I believe we can surely reach a work-life balance.
How to do business at the right time? This is exactly what we are learning now.
Why did you choose Carey Business School? What does a Johns Hopkins business education mean to you?
What impressed me most was the vision and mission of the Carey Business School, that is, to do business with humanity in mind. In China, we are educated to be a gracious in business with Confucian inspiration. At Carey, we are taught to do business for humanity. That’s a great agreement. I think that’s one of the most important reasons that I chose to come here.
What do you like most about your classmates?
Sitting in the classroom, I’m not only learning from professors, but my classmates as well. “They are so great!” I often think to myself. I feel so lucky to be with them.
Where are your favorite places to hang out around campus during breaks or for doing homework?
I enjoy home party in my friends’ apartment or BBQ on the gazebo. If there is any festival or local activities, we’ll hang out to see those events. There are many different festivals in Baltimore, like Artscape and the Star-Spangled 200th Anniversary celebration. We enjoyed that a lot!
Are you involved with any student clubs or hold leadership positions?
Well I am the vocalist of the school band. I have to say the most pleasant time for a week is the band practicing time. I also joined the Innovation Factory and the Always Be Closing Society.
Can you give some examples of how you have directly applied what you’ve learned to your job?
Well I work as an intern in Maryland Wineries Association. Usually when we hold big wine festivals, we need to do an inventory check. I use what I’ve learned in accounting class, about the inventory management, to make a balance sheet of inventory and sales revenues.
What else would you like to share about yourself and Carey?
At Carey, I’ve met many people from China. My connections will be a big help if I decide to go back to China either right after graduation or after several years working in the states. I could still get in touch with these great people. We may be in different industries, we may do business together, or we may just sit down and talk about new events in the financial market. It’s good for us.