Frederick Chang

Class Year: 2019
Target Language: French
Study Abroad: Lyon, France
Minor: French and Music
Wharton Concentration: Finance and Operations, Information, and Decisions

What is your current professional role?

Investment Banking Analyst, FIG, J.P. Morgan

When you think back on your time at Penn and in the Huntsman Program, how did your experience as a student in the Program impact your career decisions and professional development?

I received my full-time role though my Huntsman connections. A Huntsman Alum, Class of ’17, found my resume in a resume pack and saw that I was Huntsman. Huntsman students have served as my mentors and its network has allowed me to reach where I am today!

In what ways have you used your dual degree training and education?

I realize that with my dual degree education, I’ve been able to effectively analyze problems more holistically and express my findings in writing more eloquently. An interdisciplinary education such as the Huntsman Program has allowed me to excel in my coursework!

In retrospect, what are the most significant features of your experience at Huntsman?

The community without doubt. There is an inseparable bond within your class that is a constant throughout your college experience. While we all may diverge paths after the first year on KC3, it’s never too hard to find a warm connection with all those who have shared a great common experience.

Do you have any reflections on how your semester abroad influenced your academic, career, or personal development?

As corny as it is, it really allowed me to, as Melanie Peron says, to “flâner”, or to “stroll” or “get lost”. At Penn and especially Wharton, you’re taught to set objectives and go as fast as you can to achieve them. It’s easy to get tunnel vision and miss out on the broader context of life. Being abroad teaches you that it’s not just about reaching the summit, but also about the journey itself.