Educational background: University of Tokyo, Economics
Past position: Goldman Sachs, Nihon L'Oreal
Except for all the snow, Boston is a good place for my husband and me and our three-year-old daughter, Ria. We came from Japan to study here. While I pursue my MBA, my husband attends law school at Boston College. In many ways, it's easier being a student and a mom than it was working and being a mom. I can manage my time better as a student. My teammates at MIT Sloan have been most accommodating — allowing our group to meet during the day instead of at night and doing other things that are helpful and supportive.
In Japan, MIT Sloan is well known — especially for its quantitative strengths. During my job-hunting, I met MIT Sloan grads working in private equity firms and in investment banks. They are well represented in these fields and beyond and are very helpful.
What I like best about MIT Sloan is the diverse student body. MIT Sloan is a small, closely knit community, but it's also a diverse community. I came to visit last fall and met students here from all over the world. They impressed me. Another factor that influenced me to attend MIT Sloan was my Economics professor at the University of Tokyo. He received his PhD in Economics from MIT, and he inspired me a lot.
Currently, I am co-organizing a spring trip to China. A group of about 30 students will travel to Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Taipei. We'll visit international and local companies, as well as some cultural and historical sites. I've never been there before, and I am really looking forward to it. I think it will be a great experience for all of us. This summer I will do two internships. One is at investment bank and the other is at a private equity firm in Japan. I think doing internships in each of these areas will be interesting as well as challenging.