Why I’m Studying Information Systems


Daeun Lok
MS Information Systems 2017

Daeun Lok is pursuing an MS in Information Systems degree from the Carey Business School. The MS in Information Systems offers students an immersive educational experience combining business, technology, and the human element. 

Originally from Seoul, Korea, Lok earned her undergraduate degree from the School of Economics and Finance at Hanyang University. After college, Lok was self-employed as a fitness instructor teaching yoga, aerobics, dance, and weight training, which eventually led to an interest in health care.

What attracted you to the Carey Business School?

My interest lies in new businesses in health care diagnostics. Many of Carey's courses focus on educating health care professionals and physicians, taught by some of the best scholars on the health care side of informatics, law, business, and finance.

What made you decide to pursue a degree in Information Systems?

Each year trillions of gigabytes of new information are produced, and data management is at a whole new level in our era. Nowadays, it is more about knowing what to do with the information and how to secure it. I wanted to be at the forefront of how we see the world.

What have you found to be the most rewarding and challenging aspects of the program?

Studying among such brilliant young people can be intimidating. Being challenged by fellow students and learning new limits of myself has been the best part. The biggest inspirations have not only been the classmates' intellect but also their discipline and skills in managing stress and cooperation.

I am taking Professor Jim Liew's course, Big Data Machine Learning. Understanding the mechanism behind analysis helped me imagine the ways analysis could benefit the current systems. I plan on studying this area further.

Do you have any advice for others thinking about pursuing business education?

I think it would be a great resource for the community if the students explored the limitless opportunities where they can utilize their business knowledge instead of dwelling on predictable industries. Knowing what you want to do upon entering school is going to maximize what you get out of it, but never limit the possibilities. Within only a couple of months, there are so many new companies and specializations I've learned about.

What are your plans for the future?

I plan on working with health care ventures. One of the biggest culture shocks in coming to the U.S. was the lack of physicians, limited access to quality care, and strikingly high medical costs. Innovating diagnostics in a country where you have such great purchasing power of top-notch products but cannot see a doctor until your illness worsens seemed like an urgent matter.

Posted on December 8, 2016 In Master of Science, MS in Information Systems, News Item, Student Story, Current Students, International Students, New Students, Prospective Students