Name: Melody Tang
Hometown: Potomac, MD
Education: New York University
Before Smith Employer: The Dupont Circle Hotel & The Normandy Hotel
Concentration: Marketing & Strategy
Extracurricular Activities: Asian MBA Association Board Member, Hospitality & Travel Club Board Member, Consulting Club Member
Why I chose Smith: I chose to attend the Smith School of Business for three key reasons. The first reason is the camraderie at Smith. When I came to visit the school before applying, I felt so welcome by the staff, students, and professors. Several students approached me in the class that I sat in on and asked me how I felt about the lecture, the school, etc. I couldn’t have felt more welcome, and I wasn’t even a student yet! Students were so friendly, helpful, and spoke of the school with such pride that I wanted to be a part of the Smith program too.
The second reason I chose to attend the Smith School is because of its location relative to Washington D.C. There are countless private and public sector jobs available in this area because we are located so close to the nation’s capital. I saw this as an opportunity to expand my network in a major city and as a gateway to better job opportunities within the federal government or private sector.
The last reason I chose to attend Smith is because of The Smith Experience. I believe The Smith Experience is a unique opportunity to leverage Smith’s global and domestic resources to gain real-world experience in industries such as consulting, finance, or marketing. Programs such as the China Business Plan really caught my eye because it presented an opportunity to create my own business plan, travel, compete, and gain cultural awareness in an emerging market.