Carrie Ding

Full-Time MBA, Class of 2020

Hometown: Nantong
Home State: Jiangsu
Home Country: China
Previous Institution & Degree: East China Normal University, B.A in Philosophy

Pre-MBA Industry: Oil & Gas
Pre-MBA Company: National Oilwell Varco
Pre-MBA Title: Regional Operations Support Manager
Desired Post-MBA Industry: Oil & Gas
Desired Post-MBA Function: Business Development

Summer Internship Company: TBC
Summer Internship Title: TBC

Degree Concentration: Energy, Finance
Student Organization Membership:

  • Asian Business Student Association (Officer)¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
  • Consulting Association¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
  • Energy Association¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
  • Jones Student Association (JSA or JSAP)¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
  • Net Impact¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
  • Rice Business Women's Organization/Men as Allies¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

What about the Rice MBA program has surprised you the most?
Most of my experience in the Rice MBA is expected because I researched the program and the U.S. full-time MBA experience in general. What surprised me the most is the level of excellence of my classmates, and the amount of effort it requires to keep up with them.

What has been your favorite moment of your Rice MBA experience so far?
My favorite moment of my Rice MBA experience so far is presenting my team's business plan in a case competition. That is the first time I saw the new knowledge and skills I have learned in business school come together and transform my way of thinking about business and presenting my ideas.

What is your favorite thing about and/or favorite spot in Houston?
My favorite spot in Houston is the Black Walnut Cafe in Rice Village, they have great food and coffee and is my favorite off-campus study spot.

In a sentence, what is the one piece of advice you have for prospective students?
The campus visit is very important, it's the best way for you to experience and evaluate whether the school is a fit for you.