- Member of the Month -

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MARCH 2018 -

KENTARO NAGASHIMA

UCC presents our March member of the month, Kentaro! Scroll down for more information on Kentaro and what brings him to UCC.

What year are you in school?

     I am a sophomore.

What is your major?

     I am pursuing degrees in Management Information Systems and Marketing

What about consulting interests you?

      I used to help academic advisers, so I started getting interested in the service of helping people make decisions. Travel and working for different industries are fascinating to me as well as a part of consulting.

Favorite part of UCC?

   My favorite part of UCC is to get to talk to consultants and know more about consulting.

Favorite cereal?

    I would have to say Kellogg's Special K

Fun fact?

      My fun fact is that I used to study design as I started college.

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FEBRUARY 2018 - Hy Nguyen

UCC is proud to announce Hy as our first member of the month! Learn more about Hy below and how his interests in consulting brought him to UCC.

What year are you in school?

      I am a first year student at the University of Minnesota, but with my PSEO credits I am at sophomore status and will be graduating spring of 2020

What is your major?

     I am pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Economics with a minor in Statistics and/or Mathematics.

What about consulting interests you?

     The balance between quantitative and qualitative analysis that gravitated me towards Economics initially attracted me to consulting as well. Economics and consulting both have a presence of ambiguity regarding multifaceted issues that require multidisciplinary perspectives from multiple individuals. I have enjoyed hearing different perspectives and disciplines represented during a case prep at UCC meetings, and I find it's a refreshing break from major specific classes that often makes people--myself included--think in a narrow-minded manner. Personally, I have always enjoyed making obscure connections between different disciplines; the aspect of ambiguity motivates me to  curiously and courageously seek out answers. In the past, I worked as a summer camp counselor for three summers and have always strived to address other people’s problems from an open unbiased perspective. I think being a consultant is quite similar in that you are essentially a counselor for companies and organizations.

Favorite part of UCC?

     My favorite part about UCC is the amount of interest and investment UCC has for each and every member, both personally and professionally, that keep members like myself invested. This was more concisely explained by Endre Holen, a Senior Partner at McKinsey, who advised UCC members to invest in companies that are willing to invest in people’s development. Something I really enjoyed doing at UCC, that developed me professionally, was the thought-provoking case workshopwith Nielsen. We discussed the emergence of alternative nut butters in grocery stores, as well as the use of consumer behavior data in product development decisions, which was a topic that popped up on three separate occasions with employers when I was attending the UMN Job and Internship Fair. Before my first meeting I had reservations on whether I would thrive at UCC or whether it was just a student group people attended to eat free food. My concerns were quickly put to rest right from the get-go when I was greeted warmly and enthusiastically at the door by nearly all of the board members. Every event since has been filled with interactions with talented, unique, and motivated individuals who share an altruistic consulting mentality for helping others that builds an infectious culture of community at UCC.

Favorite cereal?

     Without a doubt, Reese’s Puffs

Fun fact?

     My birthday is on April Fool’s Day so I have to tolerate the ambiguity of not knowing what pranks my friends and family will play on me whether I like it or not. Over time, I somehow have subconsciously embodied the meaning of name which means “sacrifice” by being willing to be the butt of good-natured jokes.