Ting Xiao

Grad School Spotlight- Ting Xiao, Master’s in Finance

Eller PDC Coordinator Alumni Stories

Ting Xiao studied Business Economics and graduated 2016. He is now in the process of getting his graduate degree in Finance at the University of Arizona. 

Why did you decide to go to graduate school? I decided to go to graduate school because my internships told me I needed more knowledge in Finance. I interned with in Investment firm in Chicago, I realized my Bachelor’s degree (Business Economics) wasn’t enough for me to work efficiently in the Investment industry. 

What was the preparation and application process like? For Fall semester applicants: 1.Prepare GMAT before August and talk to your recommenders (best with two professors and one internship/work supervisor).

2.Start looking for schools that fit you and know about their requirements.

3.Take GMAT and get a good score before November.  

4.Submit applications with recommendation letters in December (or earlier, some schools have an early deadline).

What has been the most challenging part of your experience? The most rewarding? The most challenging part of going to graduate school is time management. I have quizzes, exams, and tons of homework and presentations almost every week. Most of graduate students have to study on weekends in order to catch up with schedule. The most rewarding part is that I can understand the knowledge better. Not like when I was in undergrad, just memorizing without really understanding the material.

What do you hope to do after you complete the program? I hope to work for a charity foundation. 

What advice do you have for students looking to pursue the same advanced degree? Always follow financial news (WSJ, Financial Times). If possible, work/intern in the industry for a period of time first and go to graduate school later. You will have a better understanding of what you want to learn after you have worked in the industry.