Dong Shen

Position title: 2021 Cohort


What is your educational background? I earned a bachelor’s degree in economics in 2021 from the University of Birmingham, UK. 

What did you choose the MSFE program? 1. Strong faculty and high ranking of the Econ department 2. Since I want to go into the industry after graduation, this program provides many quantitative and practical training opportunities, which may expand my career choices. 3. Small class size, which is also quite important. 

What do you like to do in Madison? On warm days, I like to have coffee near Mendota Lake after class. On these cold and freezing days, I enjoy skiing. There are several nice ski resorts near Madison. 

What is your favorite class? My favorite class so far is Econometrics because it focuses on time series data (more correlated with the finance industry). I learned more cross sectional and panel data during my undergraduate studies. 

What are your career aspirations? I’m open to many options. For now, I hope to get involved in investment banking or automobile financial service. I love the fast pace of these jobs. Also, to be honest, the comparatively high salary is a huge motivation for me.