Diana Mong'are

Class Year: 

2017
Hometown: Nakuru, Kenya

School: 

Kenya High School

Language: 

German

Why Huntsman?

Diana hails from Kenya, where she had lived for all her life before coming to Penn. However, it was her experience abroad at the Governor’s Academy in Boston that piqued her interest in studying in the US for college. She appreciated the flexibility in the US education system to pursue studies in diverse subject areas one might be interested in.

Diana’s involvement in her high school back in Kenya also speaks to her international focus. She worked on a number of German language plays, even winning best actress in the German National Festival. Diana also worked on creating a business for recycling in Nakuru, bringing trash and recycling collection to 80 homes. This venture won her second place in the Anzisha business competition run by the African Leadership Academy in South Africa as well as the MasterCard foundation. Diana also served as junior president of her high school class and played on the basketball team.

It was through a current student, Brian Waweru, that Diana came to learn about the Huntsman Program. She was excited about the opportunity to expand her knowledge of the German language and culture. Moreover, she appreciated the strong business foundation that Wharton would provide. Ultimately, though, it was the tight-knit international community that Diana saw herself thriving in that sealed the deal.

The Huntsman Experience

The community aspect of the program that drew her to choose Penn has also proven to be the best part of the program for Diana. She describes how she’s excited to give back to the Huntsman community through her role as a representative of HSAB, the Huntsman Student Advisory Board, which has allowed her to connect with her peers on a different level. She’s also an active member of the International Affairs Association and is heavily involved with a lot of social impact initiatives on campus, including Consult for America and the Wharton Social Impact Advisory Board.

Diana is considering pursuing this interest in social impact through a potential concentration in the subject area, as well as possibly Finance or Environmental Policy & Management. However, her favorite course thus far has been OPIM 101, which has made her think more about “the smallest of details and the art of running businesses” through the first half’s focus on the supply chain.

Future Plans

Diana has quite a busy summer ahead of her. She is honored to have received the Penn Social Impact Fellowship, which will have a two-week mentorship and training session in Boston on social entrepreneurship. The aim is to foster skills needed to run a social impact business, and Diana hopes to use these skills in her projects with Consult for America. She’ll then be heading to Germany for an immersive language experience, taking classes in Berlin for a month followed by Munich, after which she’ll be packing her bags and heading to China with the International Affairs Association to help run one of Penn’s committees at the WEMUN expo!

While Diana is not certain what career path she will pursue after graduation, she is confident that the Huntsman Program’s fusion of language and business will provide her with a valuable skillset. Moreover, she feels that the strong alumni base of people with like-minded interests both elucidates potential career paths and represents great mentorship opportunities. Ultimately, Diana says that the program’s value is in the people, in that she and her “fellow classmates can rely on each other to change the world together.”