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As an incoming student, you probably have lots of questions. Our student ambassadors are happy to tell you anything you’d like to know about the Simon experience. Send any of them a personal email by clicking their name below. If you don't see someone with a similar background to yours, email us at and we’ll do our best to match you with a candidate with more closely aligned interests and career goals.

Jiayu Hu

Jiayu (Winnie) Hu, Class of 2019

Program of Study: MS Business Analytics
Hometown: Shanghai, China
Undergraduate school and major: Wake Forest University, Accounting Major, Psychology Minor
Pre-MS career: Student
Post-MS plans: Career in Audit/Consulting/Valuation
Favorite thing about Rochester: Great balance between tranquility and convenience
Favorite thing about Simon: Besides diverse academic challenges, Simon offers many opportunities for 'hands-on' experience -- professional clubs, case competitions, projects, etc. Simon is dedicated to preparing students for their future career life.
Why Simon: The strong alumni network is an important signal of Simon's successful career coaching experience. The impressive number of workshops and information sessions provides opportunities for students to explore their interests and best prepare.
Simon Clubs: Simon Consulting Club

Andrea Pinto

Andrea Pinto Payares, Class of 2019

Program of Study: MS Marketing Analytics
Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela
Undergraduate school and major: University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Marketing Major, French Minor
Pre-MS career: Sales and Marketing Specialist, Dale Carnegie Colorado
Post-MS plans: Marketing research for outdoor retail company or marketing agency
Favorite thing about Rochester: Summer festivals, the quirky local coffee shops, and how green everything is.
Favorite thing about Simon: You can always find someone who is willing to help, whether it’s regarding classes, career advice, or even local places to visit.
Why Simon: Challenging classes that have a known reputation in the business field and the track record of successful job placement.
Simon Clubs: Master’s Advisory Council, Simon Data Analytics, Outdoor Adventure Club

Dilnoza Sidikova

Dilnoza Sidikova, Class of 2019

Program of Study: MS Finance
Hometown: Samarkand, Uzbekistan
Undergraduate school and major: Florida International University, Accounting
Pre-MS career: Audit and Assurance
Post-MS plans: Financial Advisory
Favorite thing about Rochester: The parks and trails, as well as the fall scenery.
Favorite thing about Simon: The welcoming and diverse community—since the day I started my application, I have always felt welcomed and supported.
Why Simon: The collaborative culture and strong curriculum.
Simon Clubs: Master's Advisory Council, Simon Volunteers, Outdoor Adventure Club

Han Wang

Han Wang, Class of 2019

Program of Study: MS Accountancy
Hometown: Urumqi, China
Undergraduate school and major: Xi'an Jiaotong University, China, Accounting
Pre-MS career: Student
Post-MS plans: Auditor or Consultant
Favorite thing about Rochester: The quiet and beautiful environment.
Favorite thing about Simon: The CMC is so helpful! Simon provides so many opportunities to its students. I loved the MSA career day in NYC.
Why Simon: The option to choose between the internship track and non-internship track was appealing to me. Before coming here, I researched many Simon alumni who were willing to share their experience at Simon. Their experiences were very attractive and unique, which made me want to experience it myself.

Scott Litvin

Scott Litvin, Class of 2019

Program of Study: MS Accountancy
Hometown: Sayville, NY
Undergraduate school and major: Wells College, BS in Business
Pre-MS career: Assistant Accountant at Sampson Business Solutions (Intern for 2 years, then full time over summer of 2018)
Post-MS career plans: Audit position at one of the Big 4 firms.
Favorite thing about Rochester: The city-like feel, but it’s still small enough to have the sense of community.
Favorite thing about Simon: How diverse the programs are, as well as the close connections you make with your classmates and other members of Simon. You will make life-long friends who are from different countries all around the world.
Why Simon: Simon sets you up for success from Day 1. The emphasis on networking helps you make those crucial connections to find your dream job. I have only been here for a couple months, and I have already learned skills that will benefit me for the rest of my life.
Simon Clubs: Master’s Advisory Council, Simon Accounting Association, Simon Sports

Charlie Braunlich

Charlie Braunlich, Class of 2019

Program of Study: MS Business Analytics
Hometown: Okemos, MI
Undergraduate school and major: Michigan State University, Economics
Pre-MS career: Economic and Workforce Development
Post-MS plans: Management/strategy consulting or a tech-related industry
Favorite thing about Rochester: All the fun festivals and events that the city has to offer.
Favorite thing about Simon: Simon provides the opportunity to learn alongside classmates from around the world.
Why Simon: Deep and loyal alumni base provides opportunities around the world with top-notch companies.
Simon Clubs: Consulting Club, Simon Data Analytics, Simon Vision Consulting, Outdoor Adventure Club


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