MBA 2022 to watch: Jiahui Jia, Arizona State (WP Carey)

“Pursue excellence, always challenge myself and never give up!”

Hometown: Foshan, Guangdong, China (Resident of Arizona for 7 years)

Fun fact about yourself: I love drama and acting! I used to be a lead actress in my undergrad school’s drama club.

Undergraduate school and degree:

Sun Yat-sen University (China), Bachelor of Arts in Journalism

Arizona State University, Masters in Mass Communication

Where was the last place you worked before enrolling in business school?

Local restaurant, Manager

Performer, CyraCom

Multimedia Reporter, Cronkite News/Arizona PBS

Where did you do your internship during the summer of 2021? Bank of America, Charlotte (remotely)

Where will you work after you graduate? Bank of America, Strategy and Management Associate

Community work and leadership roles in a business school:

Awards and Honors:

Full-Time MBA Scholarship

net investor

Leadership roles:

Vice President of Marketing and Communications, MBA Association

  • Create and design a weekly newsletter to deliver program announcements, career information, and club events
  • Manage and operate the official WP Carey full-time MBA Instagram account that highlights student profiles and activities
  • Support other club activities and help with publicity
  • Coordinate with other business schools to create an MBA intro video

Peer career coaching: Provide career coaching service to undergraduates, masters and alumni. Help students navigate their career path. I usually help them edit their resumes, improve their interview skills, and answer career-related questions.

MBA Ambassadors: As an ambassador, I connect with many potential students. I shared my MBA experience and helped them learn more about our programs. I create group chats on WeChat and WhatsApp for all Chinese students to improve their relationship and help whatever I can.

What academic or extracurricular achievement are you most proud of while in business school? Before entering the program, I had no business experience. I studied journalism as part of my undergraduate degree and also pursued a master’s degree in mass communication at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism.

I was so worried about my abilities when school started. However, my background in journalism became my most important advantage in my MBA journey. When I was a multimedia journalist, I shot videos, did interviews and edited a lot of videos. I bring all my journalism skills to the program to make the program better. I demonstrated excellent public speaking and presentation in all my classes. I am delighted to be able to help my peers improve their presentation skills. I’ve created many creative presentation videos for my teams, and they all got top scores.

What achievement are you most proud of in your professional career? As an international student, I wrote a story about women finding empowerment in martial arts. This story made headlines in the Arizona Republic. I’m so proud of myself and my hard work. Many people have told me that my story inspires them and truly empowers women.

Why did you choose this business school? I chose WP Carey because this program is a small program where I can get to know everyone. It reminds me of when I was in high school. I made some great friends here, and our friendship will last forever. Moreover, it is a more friendly and supportive community than a competitive one. We help each other study, prepare for interviews and find a good job. I enjoy my time here.

Who was your favorite MBA professor? My favorite teacher is Mikaella Polyviou. I took her Strategic Sourcing course in Spring 2021. She demonstrated a complex concept in a way that students could easily understand. She inspired me to think critically and encouraged me to achieve a higher goal. We gained procurement knowledge and used it to help a local dental practice with their expense issues.

What has been your favorite MBA event or tradition at your business school? There are so many fabulous events during my MBA program such as WP Scarey Halloween Custom Event, Holi Event, MBAA Holiday Party…… My favorite event is Lunch and Learn, Lunar New Year! My MBA friend Cindy Lee and I were able to give a presentation to introduce Chinese culture and the Lunar New Year to my peers. We have prepared different cultural topics for our event with lots of fun games. We even used lots of lanterns to decorate the tree outside the room. Our audience loved our event and I felt like an ambassador of Chinese culture to spread my country’s culture to the world. I am very proud of the event!

Looking back on your MBA experience, what is one thing you would do differently and why? Although we are a small community and we all know each other. There are still some of my classmates that I want to know more about them. I wanted to attend more social events to meet them and learn more about them.

What is the biggest myth about your school? This is an excellent question. WP Carey is a very generous school, and they care so much about our students! They offered generous scholarships to the majority of full-time MBA students. In my freshman year, we even had free coffee and lunch Monday through Thursday all year round!

What surprised you the most about business school? I didn’t expect the MBA study to be very difficult, especially the first year. I had ten courses in my first semester, and more than half of them were heavy quantitative courses, such as finance, accounting, and statistics. Compared to my first master’s degree, the MBA program is more demanding and requires me to devote time and energy to it.

What is one thing you did during the application process that gave you an advantage at your chosen school? This is my second time applying for this program. I applied for the full time MBA program in 2019 and was on the waiting list. However, I did not give up. I know that the MBA is the opportunity I must seize to improve myself and advance my career. So I tried again! I took the GRE test again and got a higher score. I have studied a lot and prepared well for my interview. I think the admissions team also appreciated my perseverance.

Which MBA classmate do you admire the most? I admire Jessica Prellberg so much! In my MBA program, she was my teammate on my first team, Team Moxie. She is super talented and very good at quantitative lessons. Most importantly, she has a good heart that enjoys helping others in the program. She is passionate and has devoted much of her time to helping her peers succeed in their studies. She even created a new role, that of vice president of academy success within the MBA association, to improve the program. She organized course information roundtables to help new students learn more about the courses and help the professor find the best teaching assistant. She is a true net investor in our program!

Who most influenced your decision to do business in college? My lovely husband, Jai, is the person who pushed me to where I am right now. My husband worked as a senior business analyst from home. I loved the work he was doing and wanted to get into business. He told me to apply for an MBA since I already had a few years of work experience. He is very supportive and will do anything to help me succeed in my career. During my two-year program, he was the only one working in my family. He worked very hard to make sure I could focus on my studies and focus on my career. I appreciate his support and love!

What are the top two items on your professional to-do list? First, I would like to be able to do business between China and the United States. Secondly. I want to be the CEO of a Fortune 500 company before I retire.

How has the pandemic changed your outlook on a career? Everything is changing these days, and nothing is stable. To catch the changes, we need to be adaptive and flexible. The more we know, the more confident we are to face challenges when unpredictable events occur. Never stop learning and improving.

What made Jiahui such a valuable addition to the Class of 2022?

“Jiahui’s work on the MBAA newsletter has been extremely valuable to the career coaching team. Jiahui’s willingness to work with us to send out our newsletter reminders, often on short notice, is always greatly appreciated and the speed with which she is able to respond to requests is impressive. The newsletter has been a key channel for us to convey important information to MBA cohorts, including event marketing, reminders to report employment, and availability of coaching appointments. By using his skills and talents not only to help his peers get the important information they need, but also to transform the newsletter into such a valuable communication tool, Jiahui will leave a lasting impact on the program that we hopefully will continue long after. she graduated.

Miranda Milovitch
assistant director
WP Carey Career Management and Employer Engagement