Current Students

Jiaqi Song

Hometown: Beijing, China
Class Year:
Target Language: Italian
Study Abroad: Milan, Italy – Bocconi University
Second Major/Minor: Italian Literature, Classical Studies
Wharton Concentration: Business Analytics and Finance

Why did you choose the Huntsman Program?

Transitioning from high school to college is, in my opinion, a huge feat, something which I am still doing at the end of my freshman year. Being able to feel assured that you already have around 50 friends before college starts is something I value very much. Living together with these 50 people, with similar interests and knowledge, on the same floor for a year is also a very valuable experience.

What has been your favorite thing about the Program? What aspects of the Program have been most useful to you?

The Program Lounge and the resources available in this space motivate me to continue working. The Huntsman-specific academic advisors have been extremely useful; I can knock on Marco’s door and get advice from him on any day of the week.

Which courses have you enjoyed the most? Why?

STAT430. While the course content is relatively challenging and demanding, it has taught me to think in a different way. It’s quite hard to express in words the transformative process, but I really feel like I am more conscious when I make decisions.

How do you feel Huntsman has prepared/will prepare you to reach your career and personal goals?

The set courses of the curriculum give me a general direction of where to go, but at the same time leaves me with enough freedom to explore what I want to learn. In this sense, as someone who has always been given courses to take, I have become more independent in my endeavors and bettered my time management skills.

Are you involved in any co-curricular activities at Penn? What is your role?

I am an Associate Consultant for Global Research, and also a Consulting Committee member for WAX (Wharton Asia Exchange)’s corporate outreach and alumni branch. I also enjoy going to the gym and playing soccer.