Farewell to Cambridge, but Not the Last Goodbye to MFin

It is hard to believe how fast the year has gone by. In a few days, I will be joining my fellow MFin 2016s and other MIT graduates in the commencement ceremony when we will be awarded our hard-earned degrees.  However, my MFin journey is so much more than earning a degree to me, and I think this is so for other MFins, as well. The community, the faculty, the professors, the peers, and the unparalleled opportunities at MIT Sloan have made the past year so vibrant and enriching.

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During this past week, I have been showing my family around MIT, Cambridge, and Boston. As I talked to them about my life here, it gave me a chance to reflect on my year.

There are so many lessons and memories I will always remember and take away from this experience, several of which stood out and I have summarized them here.

  • The Year of Many Firsts: Taking the Initiative

This year has been full of experimentation for me, and I am glad that I had the opportunity and the courage to try new programs that just launched for the first time. My advice to those who will join MFin is if anything new interests you, try it. You will also get to influence the direction of the programs and provide valuable feedback so that these new programs can be improved upon for future classes. The following are the new programs that I was fortunate enough to be a part of during the past year:

  1. Israel Lab during fall and IAP
  2. DC Trek in February by Finance & Policy Club
  3. UK Finance Tour during Spring SIP
  • Meeting the Finance Celebrities: Learning from Superstar Professors

I can fully say that my goal of taking classes of and being taught by award-winning professors whose ideas I have read about and admired has been achieved. In the Fall semester, I was particularly delighted to be able to take Options & Futures with Professor John Cox. In the Spring semester, I was honored to be able to attend lectures of Nobel Laureate Professor Robert C. Merton twice weekly. Although others might have known him only for the Black-Scholes-Merton model, I was grateful to be able to learn about his insights on using finance for big issues, such as using derivatives by countries to achieve proper diversification without sacrificing comparative advantage. I also appreciated all the industry leaders and thought influencers who came to our classes as guest lecturers.

  • Diversity and Inclusion: Being Exposed to People of Various Backgrounds and Cultures

At MIT Sloan, everyone is included, and our differences are celebrated. From the group formations in the classrooms to extracurricular activities such as the C-Functions, we all get to learn about one another’s background in some ways. I feel that I have learned a lot more about two new cultures in particular, which are Indian and Israeli. I have come to enjoy their cuisines, as well.

So What’s Next For me?

Although it is quite sad to be bidding adieu to my academic life, I am also excited to start a new adventure with my career. I will be working as a management trainee at Krungthai Bank, PCL., the largest state-owned bank in Thailand which had provided me with sponsorship. While going back to Bangkok means saying goodbye to Cambridge and the beautiful Charles River, it does not mean I am leaving behind my MFin experience. The MIT Sloan spirit, the memories, and the network will always stay with me.  I will continue to live and practice impactful leadership, keep myself updated with new developments in the MIT Sloan community, and stay connected with my fellow classmates as they also go on with their respective careers. I hope that together, MFin class of 2016-2017 will be able to leverage our friendship and experience to create something amazing in the future.

Thank You and Goodbye…for Now

I would like to thank everyone who has helped me throughout the year and made this experience such a memorable one. I would like to thank everyone at the MFin program office whose doors were always open. I would like to thank all the TAs, particularly Valere Renaud E Fourel who has done above and beyond his duties to help me and other students understand Analytics of Finance, the most challenging course here. I would like to thank the professors for being so generous with their knowledge. Last but not least, I would like to thank all my classmates for being such good companions along this MFin journey.

I would like to congratulate all the MFin 2016s on their graduation. For MFin 2017s in the 18-month program, I would like to wish them best of luck for their internships and the next fall semester, and I hope they will be able to make the most out of this last semester they have left. Finally, I would like to welcome the incoming MFins of the next academic year. Feel free to reach out to me to me if you have any questions or need any help in settling in. Goodbye to this blog post for now, but you can always reach out to me.

 

 

Napasorn Charoenwareekul

Napasorn is from Bangkok, Thailand. Prior to joining MFin 2016 at MIT, she completed an undergraduate degree at the Faculty of Accountancy and Commerce of Chulalongkorn University with a major in accounting. She had an internship in assurance services at PricewaterhouseCoopers ABAS Ltd., and an internship at the Public Debt Management Office in Thailand. She enjoys running, tennis, and travelling.

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  1. Kimberly Ebeling

    What a thoughtful farewell, Napasorn. I wish you all the best in your next adventure!

    Kim Ebeling
    MIT Sloan Admissions

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