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Tuck Bridge Stories: Jodi Ann Wang

Tuck Bridge Stories: Jodi Ann Wang

Jodi Ann Wang is an International Relations major at Kenyon College. She attended Bridge in summer of 2018.


For a month of my summer this year, I participated in a four-week intensive mini-MBA program at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Here are some reflections on one of the most academically rigorous and intellectually challenging months of my academic career:

As an international studies major, I’ve always underestimated the intersectionality between the world of business and international development. My original goal with coming to Bridge was to be financially literate so I can help those in low-income countries become self-sufficient through entrepreneurship. Yet, Bridge offered me so much more. It opened me up to new possibilities and opportunities to network with like-minded professionals who can provide me with a platform to turn my goals into a reality.

Like most of the home institutions of Bridge participants, Kenyon, as a liberal arts college, is absent from a business program. Just like its name, the Tuck Bridge program helped “bridge” the gap and pave the road between a liberal arts degree and the skills needed to thrive in the business world. Whether it is taking what we learned in classes such as Accounting, Corporate Finance, Marketing Strategy and applying it to our corporate valuation project, or editing and re-editing our resumes so we can better market ourselves to recruiters, Bridge provided us an opportunity to challenge ourselves and discover our inner potential that we may have never realized before.

Each day begins at 8:30 AM and is generally composed of four 80-minute lectures and intersected with 20-minute breaks in between each. Core classes such as Accounting, Spreadsheet Modeling, and Corporate Finance can have up to nine lectures while additional sessions such as Negotiations, Organizational Behavior, and Entrepreneurship occupy one to two classes. In the evening, our schedule is booked for study group sessions. My study group met every night for at least one hour to work through homework assignments, catch up on our day, and plan for the next. While some days are long, the weeks flew by quickly.

I distinctly remember sitting with my fellow group members in our study room during our first study group session, having the same mixed emotions of confusion, excitement, and nervousness as I did during freshman orientation in college. Accounting vocabulary seemed like a foreign language to me, and spreadsheet modeling felt like the struggle to untangle a pair of wired headphones. But as we moved forward with the program, the challenging curriculum became a norm, and most amazingly, I was standing in front of panels of industry professionals before I could even process how I mysteriously understood MarkStrat, the process to do a DCF analysis, or marketing analysis.

The study group format allowed me to actively engage in my learning in the environment of five like-minded individuals, and that maximized the efficiency and results. Each night I returned back to my room feeling accomplished, ready for the next day. This style of absorbing class material is something I can bring back to Kenyon and further incorporate into my studies in the near future.

Bridge was not only a process to absorb knowledge but a multi-channel "bridge" that actively encouraged me to apply such knowledge into the greater space of different areas of business whether through homework of real-life case studies or the final corporate valuation project. Bridge was a challenge and a reward. It is something that has opened my eyes to further possibilities that will assist me in making my academic goals at Kenyon a reality.

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Tuck Bridge Stories: Pierce King

Tuck Bridge Stories: Pierce King

Pierce King is a 2013 graduate of Bowdoin College where he majored in Government and Legal Studies and minored in English. He attended Tuck Bridge in 2013. He currently works as a Senior Investment Associate at Cambridge Associates. This is his Bridge story:


What are your primary responsibilities in your current position?
My primary responsibilities include constructing and managing diversified portfolios for our institutional clients through asset allocation and manager selection. As part of this process, I serve as a thought partner for my Investment Directors when constructing our quarterly client discussion materials and assessing managers in our respective client portfolios. In addition to these core responsibilities, over the past year I have become increasingly involved with our firm’s impact investing efforts, particularly as they relate to researching investment opportunities in the private investment space.

Why did you choose to attend Bridge?
Towards the end of my undergrad experience at Bowdoin, I became interested in pursuing a career in business and began looking for a program that would offer a financial curriculum to complement my liberal arts background. My decision to apply and ultimately attend Bridge was driven by the opportunity to learn these fundamental skills from the Tuck faculty in a unique, career focused setting.

How did Bridge help you in your job search?
First and foremost, Bridge helped me understand the business landscape and the career options I had within it. I knew I was interested in business, but I was not quite sure where to concentrate my effort. Bridge not only provided this guidance, but also a framework for critical aspects of the job search, such as networking and interviewing. When the time came for me to interview at Cambridge Associates, Bridge helped connect me with alumni who were working at the firm, which gave me the confidence and edge I needed to succeed.

What most surprised you about Bridge?
What most surprised me about my Bridge experience was how much I learned in the relatively short time I was on campus. From the classes to the lunch panels and study groups, Bridge’s immersive and multifaceted approach is designed for you to learn from its wealth of resources at all hours of the day.

Do you have a favorite memory from Bridge?
It might sound odd, but my favorite memory from Bridge was the night before the stock valuation pitch. My study group had just spent the final week of the program working tirelessly on our project, but we were still struggling with one critical element of the presentation. Rather than becoming frustrated in a stressful situation, my team came together and worked through the difficulty late into the night. We solved our problem and ended up delivering a great final presentation. I think this anecdote epitomizes the quality and character of the students that Bridge attracts: determined, collaborative, and engaged.

Describe your Bridge experience in one word or phrase.
Transformative.

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