Written by Nataliya Demyanenko
Hsinchun Wang from Taiwan
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Today, Hsinchun, full-time MBA student from Taiwan, talks about her experience.
I am Hsinchun Wang from Taiwan and people know me by my English name, Phoebe. I am a European Political Sociology major, but in practice, I had been working as a strategic partnership manager in semiconductor company prior to the move to Germany.
Motivation for an MBA
When I was much younger, I was much more idealistic and believed in making a difference by working for NGOs or humanitarian organizations. As I grew older, I learned the reality is that, the majority of the world follows money. MBA is a way for me to learn how to use money, this attraction of human, to make a positive difference to the earth, where we call home, and which we have been damaging for centuries.
Why MBA at HHL?
Originally, HHL was a backup plan from Copenhagen Business School in case if I do not get the scholarship there. However, during the interview, I found out that Mr. John Morton, the former senior director of Climate Change for Obama’s administration is an advisor at HHL, that changed my direction to be coming to HHL as this is where I believe where I will find the answer to the balance between the environment and capitalism.
Experience at DBFZ boot camp
It was an intensive two-day event as the opening for all participants to get to know one another, pitch for all of our ideas, and choose our interested business ideas to work on in teams. As I am passionate about environmental issues, I chose to work with a scientist from DBFZ to materialize his scientific inventions into real business plans, and further on, presented it in front of potential investors.
My previous jobs always involved co-work and communications with scientists and engineers. It is my specialty to translate the engineering language into commercial terms and strategies. This boot camp provided me a platform to show my expertise in a local German scenario which is what I was never exposed to before. As the result of this boot camp was very positive, the scientist also provided me a recommendation letter in German, which I believe would be valuable when I look for jobs in Germany.
Free time in Leipzig
I think for most classmates the situation is similar, that we do not have any free time anymore after the middle of the first term. However, during the free time we still had, I went to argentine tango milongas, and learned pole dancing. The people were very friendly and fun at both venues. Leipzig is not a big place but it is relatively international compared to the size of the city.
Favorite experience at HHL
One of my favorite days in Leipzig so far is the day in October when some of my classmates and I biked to Cospudener See. It was a beautiful sunny day. Although the lake water was quite chilly already by then, we still jumped into the lake! It was a day filled with nature, peace, happiness, ice cream, and Moroccan food.