Alumna Elisa Huang Accepted to University of Manchester M.Sc. Program
Born in Rome to Chinese parents, alumna Elisa Huang graduated in 2021 with a B.A. in International Business. Elisa has recently received an unconditional offer from The University of Manchester for an M.Sc. International Fashion Marketing.
Congratulations on your unconditional acceptance at the University of Manchester! How do you feel about that?
Thank you! The University of Manchester is outstanding, and it’s my honor to study there. International fashion marketing is a field that I have always been interested in, and this program will strengthen my skills for my future career. The University of Manchester was the only university that I applied to. Therefore, this offer is extremely important for me, as it has not only rewarded all my efforts but has also encouraged me to pursue my dream.
Your achievements allowed you to enter the master’s program without further examination. Are there any professors or classes in particular that prepared or inspired you more than others?
Almost all the classes and professors at JCU have prepared me for the master’s program. In particular, I want to thank Professors Colin Biggs and Ieva Jākobsone Bellomi. Professor Biggs’ classes (International Business and International Business Seminar) have prepared me to face the changing international business environment. All the projects I’ve worked on in his classes helped me to take advantage of JCU’s multicultural environment and to predict the problems that might occur while doing business internationally. Professor Bellomi’s class (Organizational Behavior) has taught me how to embrace different cultures within a team or an organization. The classes with Professors Biggs and Bellomi helped me to continue along the path of embracing more cultures and studying and working in an international environment. Also, both professors helped guide me throughout the application process at the University of Manchester.
What sparked your interest in International Business?
I was born in Rome to Chinese parents, so I was immersed in two completely different cultures since childhood. This is the “foundation” of my interest in studying and working with people from different cultures. Then, watching my parents doing business in different countries, and meeting customers from around the world sparked my interest in International Business.
What brought you to JCU?
JCU is a unique place because it offers the opportunity to study with students from all over the world. Also, after spending 5 years in an Italian high school, I wanted to try something different, which is also what attracted me to JCU and the American education system.
What advice would you give to students who are considering pursuing graduate studies?
First of all, dream big and trust yourself. Secondly, find the field that you’re interested in because I believe that people will study hard for what they like. Finally, and most importantly, don’t hesitate to ask for help from your professors; all professors at JCU are willing to help with anything, so don’t be afraid to ask!
What are your plans for the future?
My short-term plan is to finish my master’s program and get to know more friends who share the same interests, whereas my long-term plan is to gain as much work experience as possible in the fashion field and be able to help my parents in the family business.