Yiyang Li

Master of Quantitative Finance

Current MS Program: Master of Quantitative Finance

1st or 2nd Year: 1st Year

Hometown: Nantong, China

Undergraduate University and Major: Emory University, Finance

Are you a member of any student clubs or organizations? Smith Masters Student Association

Yiyang Li

Why did you choose to attend the Smith School of Business?

I am convinced that Smith is definitely my ideal fit for business school. The faculty and staff at Smith can teach me various techniques in problem-solving and qualitative assessment. Smith’s spirit of collaborative teamwork will strengthen my communication and cooperation skills. Internships, career fairs, and employer information sessions will allow me to create a solid framework to work more effectively with my colleagues after graduation.

Smith provides a truly transformational experience that will hone my skills in business fundamentals. I will make contributions not only to Smith but also to destinations after my MS Quantitative Finance experience.

In your opinion, what makes your Smith MS program unique?

The Master of Quantitative Finance program concentrates on the combination of quantitative statistical skills and real world problems. In this program, not only do we need to learn how to analyze different data and portfolio, but also we need to understand the correct approach to harness the conclusion we’ve achieved from the data in order to solve problems of the real world.

In addition, the program has various clubs and associations. Participating in activities that are organized, such as R workshop and stock pitch competition, will be great preparation for the future career path.

What advice would you give to a future applicant?

I would advise future candidates to manage time wisely. At Smith, students need to learn how to handle the balance between study, recreation, networking, and rest. The best way to do this is to plan everything several days before and remember to leave some open space on the schedule to avoid emergencies and conflicts.