University of California, Riverside

Undergraduate Business Program

SoBA News

The Class of 2016 is ready for the next challenge

From showing leadership throughout their program, to becoming leaders around the world, our business school graduates are ready for the next challenge. Our graduates will go to work at PWC,  Ernst & Young, Shanghai Disney Resorts, Yelp, Toyota, Bank of China, FBI, Dell, Kaiser Permanente, Bank of America – Merrill Lynch, Kohl’s, Beatbox Beverages, Anheiser Busch, and many more. 

Some graduates will become entrepreneurs, others will return to grow their own companies or take over the management of a family business, while others will pursue a Master's degree or MBA. 

Some of our exceptional graduates share their experiences and how they have achieved far more than they thought possible at the start of their business degree journey.  

Alyssa B.S.‘16

UCR has had a tremendous impact on my success because the communities I surrounded myself with were all uplifting and the people I have met and worked with are just as successful. Over the two years at the business school I co-founded two business organizations: Student Consulting for Nonprofit Organizations and Phi Chi Theta Professional Business Fraternity. I also had the opportunity to intern at three different offices throughout campus, TA for the SoBA/Bourns Consultancy program, participate on a winning team in the international Collegiate Business Strategy Competition, and study abroad in China, Vietnam, and Oxford. After graduation, I will continuing on at UCR at the A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management as a full-time MBA student in the fall of 2016.


Maurice ’16 MBA

After a very selective process, I was chosen to become the next regional commander of admissions for the United States Military Academy at West Point. I am eager to apply my knowledge in my next assignment where I will be helping to strengthen our Army by selecting the best candidates for our future military leaders. It will be the lessons I learn while in the University of California Riverside MBA classrooms that will help me carry out innovative business practices to help our nation’s Army run more efficiently and be better stewards of taxpayers’ dollars. I aspire to rise through the Army’s ranks, one day earning the rank of General. Taking classes spanning finance to business and management will help me become a top level Officer who uses business techniques and theory to advance our nation’s men and women in uniform."

Nadeesha B.S.’16

The opportunities I was given and the people I have met brought out the best of this soft-spoken, introverted, first-generation college student. I found success in the accounting concentration because of the highly collaborative environment. I told myself that I would just be a member of the Accounting Society, but I became the Executive Vice President instead; I told myself I would be a part of Beta Alpha Psi petitioning chapter just to help out my colleagues, instead I became the Vice President of Membership and a member of the executive team that successfully installed the first-ever Beta Alpha Psi chapter at UCR; I became a Student Ambassador, never thinking I’d be part of this elite team; I told myself I would be just a lifetime member of Beta Gamma Sigma, instead I became the Student President of UCR collegiate chapter instead. As I look forward to my employment at Ernst & Young, I am forever thankful for my time at UCR which allowed me to build my confidence, to discover my passion, and to make a difference.

Mohammad MBA ‘16

The journey at UCR has been the most exciting and memorable experience of my life which I will cherish forever. The passion to be a leader, desire to travel the world and making a difference to the society were the key drivers for me in pursuing this path.  I had numerous opportunities through the Teacher’s Assistantship, a Student Ambassador Position, Competitions and Consultancy programs. These experiences landed me an Internship at Babcock Laboratories Inc. working with the executive management team.  After graduation I have a job waiting for me at SB Freight. AGSM has set me on a path to take up leadership roles which are aligned with my goals and passion. What’s also next for me is to take on the challenge presented by Financial Times for MBA students, to tackle the global problem of human trafficking. My long term goals are to lead an entire business as an entrepreneur.

Luke B.S. ‘16

I never would have imagined that I would be where I am today. The students, the faculty, the organizations, the friends, and the internships have all contributed to a wonderful time as a Highlander. A few experiences particularly stand out as I reflect on the past four years – Accounting Society & Beta Alpha Psi and the Student Ambassador program. Accounting Society & Beta Alpha Psi taught me how to pursue professionalism and pushed me to step outside of my comfort zone to network and begin to establish a career. Also, Co-founding Beta Alpha Psi, an international honors accounting, information systems, and finance organization, has shown me the importance of giving back to our campus and helping students develop into future professionals. In the fall of 2016, I will be attending UC Irvine’s Master of Professional Accountancy as a Student Ambassador. I hope to pass the CPA exam before I start full-time at PwC in the Orange County office. As my career progresses, I hope to establish myself in the real estate industry.

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