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Tong Wu

Tong Wu

Year: 2013
Hometown: Dalian, China
Major: Commerce

How would you describe the students that attend U.Va.?

Hardworking when it comes to school work. Extremely passionate in the activities they’re involved in.


What’s your proudest achievement so far in college?

Implementing the UVAirBus program in Student Council, a program that allows domestic and international students to take a shuttle bus between Charlottesville and Richmond/Washington DC.


What is your favorite extracurricular and why?

Alpha Kappa Psi Co-ed Professional Business Fraternity. Because I was able to develop business writing skills, public speaking ability as well as networking ability. I enjoy spending time with people who have a similar interest in business with me, and I have met some of my closest friends through AKPsi.


Are you involved in community service?

I participate in the Madison House Pet Pal program, where student volunteers exercise dogs, work on basic behavior training, and socialize extremely shy dogs and puppies. It is a refreshing experience that helps me relieve pressure during exam periods.


Is it hard to get to know professors? Can you give an example or two of specific people you have worked with?

Not at all! Professor Lee Coppock teaches Principles of Economics: Macroeconomics. He is one of the funniest and most easy-going professors that I've met at UVa. However, I couldn't visit any of his office hours due to my class schedule. Professor Coppock managed to get around his schedule and met with me several times throughout the semester.


Can you tell in some detail about your internship experiences?

During summer of 2010, I interned at the Case Center at Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business in Beijing, China. My job consisted largely of helping professors construct cases that would benefit the MBA class. I did a lot of research on consumer behavior and pricing strategy. One of the main projects I worked on involved researching how sub-brands of luxury goods affect the pricing of the original brand. The other project was researching how Taobao.com, the Chinese equivalent of eBay, has been able to stay competitive and kept eBay out of the Chinese market for the past 5 years.

My internship experience allowed me gain valuable insight into the different structures and strategies of businesses. It really prepared me for the upcoming semester in the McIntire School of Commerce.