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Speak with a Current MS Student

Speak with one of our current students below to learn more about the full Simon experience. Our ambassadors look forward to assisting prospective and admitted students and are best able to craft personalized responses to your questions when you email one ambassador at a time.

Zach Lynch

Zachary “Zach” Lynch, MS Finance Class of 2017

Hometown: Rochester, New York
Undergraduate School and major: University at Buffalo - Economics
Pre-MS career: I started grad school right after undergrad, but I have done internships with Citi, M&T Bank, and Mariner Finance
Post-MS plans: Corporate Finance
Favorite thing about Rochester: I really like that we get to experience all four seasons.
Favorite thing about Simon: How supportive and encouraging the faculty is.
Why Simon: They have an excellent reputation for finance and a great network of alumni.
Simon Clubs: Financial Management Association, Simon Investment Club and Simon Uncorked

Monica Perez

Monica Perez, MS Business Analytics Class of 2017

Hometown: Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Undergraduate School and major: Mercyhurst University - Business Competitive Intelligence and Accounting
Pre-MS career: I was working as a research analyst at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. I was responsible for all the statistical analyses needed within the institution.
Post-MS plans: I want to be able to amalgamate my knowledge from my undergraduate studies with the skills I’m acquiring at Simon to become a business professional. After some years attaining field experience, I’d be interested in furthering my education by earning a PhD.
Favorite thing about Rochester: It's a small city with a variety of things to do. I enjoy living near College Town and having restaurants and shops at a walking distance.
Favorite thing about Simon: The rich diversity in the student body and Simon’s culture.
Why Simon: I chose Simon because it made me feel at home. I had wonderful experiences visiting campus for both the interview and Scholarship Weekend. I got to meet amazing peers and the admissions department genuinely treated me like family. Simon's culture is something I was looking for in a graduate school. The fact my program was ranked as #4 in the country only contributed to the decision.
Simon Clubs: (Anticipated) Data Analytics Club, Consulting, Operations, Technology and Analytics (COTA), Simon Volunteers, and Simon Ambassadors
Erinma Ogbonna

Erinma Ogbonna, MS Marketing Analytics Class of 2017

Hometown: Windhoek, Namibia (born in Jos, Nigeria)
Undergraduate School and major: University of Cape Town - Marketing
Pre-MS career: Completed my undergraduate degree and began my master's in marketing by dissertation at the University of Cape Town. Completed an internship at Ogilvy & Mather in Client Services and Digital Marketing
Post-MS plans: Work in a marketing research firm in the U.S.
Favorite thing about Rochester: Friendly, small-town atmosphere and all the cultural spots downtown
Favorite thing about Simon: All the opportunities: A huge variety of classes, clubs, and career opportunities
Why Simon: Simon's reputation for excellence in analytics
Simon Clubs: Simon Marketing Association, Simon Pricing Club
Kal Tiruneh

Kalkidan “Kal” Tiruneh, MS Accountancy Class of 2017

Hometown: Ethiopia
Undergraduate School and major: The King’s College - Business Administration
Pre-MS career: Worked as an accounting associate for a hospitality group that owned a chain of upscale restaurants in NYC
Post-MS plans: Plan to work at a public accounting firm in the audit practice
Favorite thing about Rochester: It’s historically rich and has many local markets and wineries
Favorite thing about Simon: I love the diversity and inclusive culture
Why Simon: It has a credible master’s program, it's very diverse and has a supportive community, and it provides many outside-of-class learning opportunities, such as consulting projects with local companies
Simon Clubs: Master's Advisory Council, Simon Outdoor Adventure Club, and Business Christian Fellowship

Siyi Wu

Siyi “Sea” Wu, MS Finance Class of 2017

Hometown: Zhejiang, China
Undergraduate School and major: University of Toronto - Finance
Pre-MS career: Corporate Finance
Post-MS plans: Equity Research
Favorite thing about Rochester: The city is quiet but also vibrant
Favorite thing about Simon: Great faculty, friendly facilitators, and lovely peers (it is about people!)
Why Simon: The reputation in finance and the practical approach of academic knowledge
Simon Clubs: Simon Finance and Investment Club (Analyst), Simon Business School Venture Capital Fund, and Simon Outdoor Adventure Club

Ericka Robles Araya

Ericka Robles Araya, MS Finance Class of 2017

Hometown: Buenos Aires, Costa Rica
Undergraduate School and major: Kalamazoo College - BA in Business
Pre-MS career: Marketing and Business (startup) Development
Post-MS plans: Business Financial Management role
Favorite thing about Rochester: The proximity to NYC and Toronto
Favorite thing about Simon: They make you feel at home even before you reach campus!
Why Simon: I chose Simon because it not only provides me with the best quantitative knowledge in finance and analytics, but also provides me with a very diverse close-knit community that will help me thrive at the personal and professional levels.
Simon Clubs: Simon Ambassadors, Simon Women in Business, Simon Finance and Investment Club, Simon Dance Club, and Master's Advisory Council

Mudi Zhang

Mudi “Debbie” Zhang, MS Accountancy Class of 2017

Hometown: Beijing, China
Undergraduate School and major: Hong Kong Baptist University - Accountancy
Pre-MS career: Intern, Audit & OP
Post-MS plans: Audit and Assurance
Favorite thing about Rochester: Beautiful and quiet city, friendly and nice people around
Favorite thing about Simon: Supportive faculty and staff, small class size, rich resources
Why Simon: Outstanding reputation among business schools
Simon Clubs: Simon Accounting Association and Simon Volunteers