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“I have gained a better understanding of leadership through the team mentality at Fuqua. It is better to be a part of a team and look for other’s strengths to unite an organization, making sure no teammates fall behind.”

MMS: Foundations of Business

Class of 2021
Management Consulting

Prior Education:

University of Georgia
Marketing/Management, 2019
Canton, China

Why I Chose Fuqua

Fuqua’s team spirit and the caring nature I felt from the school were one of the major reasons I chose to attend Fuqua. During the pandemic, Fuqua arranged team-building activities before students even arrived in Durham. Once classes began, Fuqua did its best to plan meetups that abided by COVID-19 safety rules. We have practiced social distancing and undergone COVID-19 tests twice a week. These efforts made me feel proud to be a part of Duke and Fuqua.

Before Fuqua

I have internship experience in market research, and I found that a market researcher shares many similar traits with a management consultant. I decided I wanted to enter the consulting industry, and Fuqua’s consulting-oriented atmosphere excited me!

After Fuqua

Fuqua had so many resources including, case-oriented classes and interview practice, that helped me achieve my career goal of entering the consulting industry. I was able to land a job with PwC in their Hong Kong office.

5 Random Things About Me

  1. The meaning of my Chinese name is open wings. I love it because I have always dreamed of becoming a pilot and learning to fly!
  2. I am a magician! I did a stage magic show at Fuqua for my classmates, and our program director said it was one of the coolest shows he had ever seen.
  3. Every year I get a new agenda to mark down all of my to-dos. This year, I chose one with a blue cover to match Duke's color, and I embroidered my name onto it.
  4. I mark every interesting place I have been to with a star on my Google Maps app. I know a lot of good places to go in Durham. Some favorites are M Kokko, Juju, and Pour Taproom.
  5. I have pure southern pride, but I can ride a snowboard very well. I came from southern China and have lived in Georgia and North Carolina, yet I go each winter to snowy mountains to practice my snowboarding skills.

My Favorite Fuqua Activity

When I was applying to business schools, it was a difficult journey for me. I always wanted to connect with current students to ask them about their experiences, and luckily, I met a lot of nice people who were willing to share! Now that I am at Fuqua, I wanted to do the same thing and help others in a similar situation. When I became an admissions ambassador, I felt happy to represent Fuqua and connect with prospective students.

Master of Management Studies: Foundations of Business

Undergraduate Majors

Liberal Arts (33%)
Business/Accounting (24%)
Engineering/Natural Sciences (18%)
Economics (17%)
Other (8%)

Typical Class Demographics
MMS: Foundations of Business

Average Age


Average Work Experience

6 months or less

Countries Represented


Non-US Citizenship



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