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Julie Lin ’24

Master’s Degree in Global Business & Society

Post-GBS Position: Private Equity Analyst, Blackstone

My background is in business and finance and I wanted a graduate program where I could dive into other subjects to gain a more comprehensive view of society’s challenges while keeping a business perspective. The GBS program offered exactly that, as the curriculum gives students the flexibility to choose electives across various disciplines.

One of my favorite classes was Nuclear Politics, taught by Professor Matthew Fuhrmann in the Political Science department. I also enjoyed courses that went beyond the classroom by asking us to apply theoretical concepts to real-life scenarios, like Mastering Influence and Persuasion, taught by Professor Zoe Chance, which featured weekly challenges that we had to accomplish in our everyday lives.

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I knew I wanted to start my career in finance, and my experience at Yale has helped me better define my objectives. Courses, inspiring professors, and guest speakers have broadened my understanding of the role of finance and helped me rethink how I want to contribute and the impact I want to make.

My journey through the SOM community has been a delightful surprise. Everyone is welcoming and friendly. My classmates are brilliant, diverse, and fun. They come from around the world, bringing unique backgrounds and stories to share. There are always some social activities and get-togethers on campus where you can connect and meet new people. And it all made me feel at home in New Haven.