By Max Chen
Home Country: Taiwan
Investment Management DBMD student, Max Chen, takes you through a day in his life and answers your questions about the program. Enjoy!
Why I decided to apply to the DBMD Program
I’ve always wanted to study in the United States. When I was ten, I spent a little time here and was immediately blown away by the lifestyle and how different I became in such an environment. I graduated from a bilingual middle school, many of my childhood friends had the opportunity to pursue education in the States, so I was able to have a glimpse of what the education and life is like through them. I believe that studying in the US will help me a long way in terms of enriching my life experience, cultivating my professional skills, and embracing challenges.
The DBMD (Dual Bachelor’s Master’s Degree) program is an agreement between universities that allows a student to pursue a master’s degree in the partner school (in this case Temple) starting from the student’s senior year. In other words, it’s an accelerated program to complete both degrees in five years with benefits such as a streamlined application process and credit transferring.
I applied for the DBMD for its various advantages and my genuine interest in Temple’s prestigious Fox School of Business. I made up my mind to pursue a master’s degree in the U.S. just a few months into my college. An accelerated path suits me well since I was determined to finish my undergraduate course in three years. I planned my course schedules accordingly, but also kept in mind that a backup plan of finishing the remaining few credits here at Temple is viable. (I’m glad that I didn’t have to activate plan B.) Furthermore, the Fox School of Business is one of the top business schools in the region. It is very selective.
How my master’s will help with my future career
I’m in the investment management program in finance. The finance industry is highly professionalized. Although I took a business administration track and minored in finance for my undergraduate degree, I hoped that I would have more time to understand and learn advanced quantitative techniques, various theories and their application. The program equips me with the basic knowledge for becoming a finance professional, and opens the door to this fascinating world. The program’s connection to the industry is strong: Professors invite industry speakers and alumni frequently to talk to the class
The exam I’m preparing for on the calendar in the vlog
I am preparing for the upcoming CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) exam. It is a three-level exam, and the earliest one can sit for it is at one’s preliminary year of college. It’s a globally recognized certification and arguably the most important one if one is to become a financial analyst or assume any position in the financial services and banking industry.
What I like about Temple University
I like Temple for its vibe, resources and location. The campus is an energetic community, and the students and faculty take pride in being a part of it. Attending Temple’s sports games (yes, I’m a football fan), is by far the best way to feel the Temple vibe. This school is also an inclusive environment for its diversity in the student body, faculty, and for its close interaction with the neighborhood. Besides the on-campus and academic resources, I find Temple’s greatest asset is its comprehensive programs. I enjoy exchanging insights and experiences with students studying in design, medical school, science, engineering, music, etc.
The City of Philadelphia, the fifth largest city in the United States, has everything one can ever expect from a city, yet it can be a tranquil town at times. Philadelphia is also one of the older cities in North America. I like spending time strolling in the old city and indulging in the history. The city’s location is a little more than two hours of a ride from New York City and about three hours to Washington D.C. is also something I take advantage of all the time.