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Jill Jin

Big Sunshine and Fresh Air

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It’s time for you to get away from your office or the library and take a short trip for some fresh air and a great view to stretch yourself!! I would like to recommend a state park within a two-hour drive of Rochester, Chimney Bluffs State Park. It’s on the eastern shore of Sodus Bay on Lake Ontario. The park owns trails both above and below the cliffs, and by using its hiking trails, the intrepid visitors can enjoy spectacular scenery and recreational opportunities, which are provided by the large clay rock formations at the water’s edge. These dramatic giant sculpted landforms make you feel amazed by nature. You can experience these massive earthen spires from above and along the lakeshore on nature trails.

If you have already been to Niagara Falls, there are three other major waterfalls. More excitingly, the park offers seasonal hot-air balloon rides. Can you imagine yourself over the waterfalls in a hot-air balloon? There are countless amenities and activities that can make your trip more enjoyable and fun. If you are a hiker, you can explore approximately four miles of hiking trails along the bluffs from the west entrance to the east entrance, as well as biking, fishing, grilling, and picnicking. Deer hunting and small game hunting, like duck, Canadian geese, brant and snow geese, and turkey is permitted in season, but a valid New York State hunting license with proper hunting stamps is required. And special winter activities include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and especially, a trailhead for snowmobiling!

Recently, there were two special events, the Mud Pond Hike and the Spring Egg Hunt!

Spring is coming! Let’s enjoy the sunshine, breathe fresh air and get fantastic views!



– Jill Jin ’15 (MS)Jill Jin Pic

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone, Keep Networking, and Don’t Forget to Smile

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If you are an international student and have no clue about how to find a job in the US, hopefully this post can help you in some way. I will share with you all of my experiences and what I have learned. I really appreciate those people who have helped me.

Many international students are used to their comfort zone with people from the same country, which definitely prevents them from access to native people to a large extent. “American business is based off of relationships – from making deals to building a client base, everything revolves around networking. This applies directly to recruiting,” Scott Gudmandson, a current Simon MBA student, pointed out sharply. Get out of your comfort zone to increase your access to networking opportunities! The key to networking is finding people you have a common connection with, like alumni, friends, or people you’ve met at events. These people are more willing to assist you and it’s easier to make small talk with them. Be polite and respectful in your initial contact via email; get additional contact information and invite them to have a cup of coffee. Once the relationship is built, make every effort to maintain it well, and they may offer referrals to you. Networking is a way to increase opportunities, and help you learn how to market yourself and practice interpersonal skills as well. Through networking, you may not only get referrals, but also get insights into industry or any fields you’re interested in by asking people who can equip you with first-hand knowledge far beyond textbooks and help you understand these jobs.

If you can’t get any referrals, don’t give up! Keep networking and keep applying online. Just remember, before you try to apply for any jobs, make sure that you have an elaborate resume. If you have no confidence in your resume, the Career Management Center is your best choice to ask for help. Or you can ask any alumni with rich experience for help. A complete and up-to-date resume is the first step to building your qualifications. Next step, maintain your LinkedIn profile to attract potential employers. Two hiring mangers told me that before they interviewed me, LinkedIn was a good way for them to learn more about me, besides my resume. Show your professional qualifications on LinkedIn, and don’t forget to align it with your resume! Finally, do your homework on the company you want to apply to and show it in your cover letter. Read the job descriptions and requirements with great care, and then combine your experience and strengths with these to make your qualifications match and stand out.

Opportunities are only for the people who are prepared. Once upon a time, I read a book that said that smiling will increase one’s chances. Get out of your comfort zone, keep networking and smile.

I wish you all the best in your job search!


– Jill Jin ’15 (MS)Jill Jin Pic

Come On, Let’s Ski

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Under a deep blue sky, gliding down a mountain through the fresh snow with the sun glistening on surrounding snow-covered peaks must be one of the most incredible feelings in the world. But how can we get it? Of course, skiing!


Last Sunday, two classmates and I enjoyed this fabulous feeling. As a beginner, to be honest, I was nervous rather than excited at first. However, I relaxed and began to enjoy myself after dozens of falls, and mastering the skills a little bit. Here are some tips for beginners I can share with all of you from my many falls:

  1. Choose equipment that perfectly fits you!

Proper equipment can be a great support during your skiing and help you ski more effectively, while improper equipment can make you uncomfortable and even be dangerous. Proper boots fit your foot comfortably but snugly. Proper skis fit your skiing ability and height. Proper poles fit your height.

  1. Dress up and stay warm.

Your outer clothes should be waterproof, especially your pants. Sunglasses and gloves are needed.

  1. Check the weather before you go.

Rain will be poor weather for skiing. Unfortunately, the day we went skiing was a rainy day, and a heavy rain! Rain makes the ground too slippery, makes you wet, and makes you feel cold as well. It will be harder for experienced skiers to keep control on a rainy day, let alone a greenhorn.

  1. Don’t be afraid of falls and learn to stand up by yourself.

It’s common to fall over when you are skiing. Don’t be afraid. The more you fall, the more quickly you learn. If you fall over, you should learn how to stand up by yourself, although there are many warm-hearted people willing to give you a hand. I still remember that day, every time I fell over, there was always someone willing to help me. And the one who asked me most whether I needed help or not was a girl, only 7 years old, also a beginner. I asked for help standing up at the beginning, until I saw that girl easily standing up by herself when she fell over, which shocked me deeply and pushed me to stand up by myself no matter what the situation. Generally, it’s very hard for a person to stand up when they fall over during skiing, due to the skis and boots making it hard to move as you wish. After I tried many, many times, I succeeded. Once you learn how to stand up on your own, you will never be afraid to fall over.

  1. Don’t choose the level over ability.

It is exciting and challenging to choose the highest level, but getting out of control and alignment at high speed can break one’s bones!


After learning how to stop, turn right, and turn left, keep these tips in mind, and just enjoy your experience!



– Jill Jin ’15 (MS)Jill Jin Pic

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My Favorite Class

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At the end of the fall quarter, we finally made it to our final exams. It was time to review what we already knew, think about what we had learned and combine knowledge across disciplines, honing our skills in comprehensive thinking, as an entrepreneur should do.

For this blog I want to share more about TEM 401: Economics, Marketing and Strategy, my favorite class. Economics is a science to satisfy both human needs and wants in an efficient way under “Pareto Efficiency”, providing us with a foundation for understanding the mechanism of the economic marketplace and how a company should react to survive among the fierce competition. Studying both consumer and firm behaviors and learning how they interact with each other helped us thoroughly analyze the problem and determine the demand and supply conditions in the market by solving the equilibrium analysis. Further, we predicted the outcomes of interactions among participants with interdependent payoffs by using Game Theory to model the behavior of each individual.

If you have a company, how can your company survive price competition without killing all the profit? What are your strategy and tactics? How do you identify the determinants of market structure? Output levels? Price? What are customers’ concerns and what do they benefit from? How do you promote and place your company? After building on the economic models, we explored these market issues with the 3C-STP-4P models through real case studies and business write-ups, going far beyond the textbooks.

Our final project was a case analysis. During the project, we learned that operating a company successfully is overwhelmingly difficult. We needed to know the exact needs of the customer and how we could benefit them directly through our products and services with our own sources and strength. How we position and differentiate ourselves compared to the competitors were also crucial issues. After figuring these out, we needed to deal with thorny follow-up questions on the company’s strategy and tactics. Which are exactly the right strategy and tactics? Who knows!

If TEM 440 Screening Technical Opportunities just tells you how to start a company, TEM 401 teaches you how to run a start-up company profitably in the long run. Maintaining is harder than starting.

Entrepreneurship is like a mountain that’s too big to climb, but that’s also why it is so rewarding.


– Jill Jin ’15 (MS)Jill Jin Pic

Accounting in Autumn

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Autumn has arrived, and we finally managed to finish the first part of our accounting and financing class. The class is aimed at helping students understand and productively use the principles of finance and accounting in order to better structure business decisions. Professor Heidi Tribunella taught us “The accounting model presents skills required to interpret and analyze common financial statements and evaluate a company’s past performance as well as potential future performance.”


We learned what financial statements are after we learned basic accounting concepts. Subsequently, we dove deeper to see what further information can be gained from analysis. Furthermore, we learned how to do a transaction analysis, in case there are any within the company, plus how it can influence our financial statements step-by-step. Beyond that, we learned what our real liabilities are, regarding our assets or equity, and how to manage them in a proper way to show a good picture of a company. How can we manage and estimate our costs and do cost-profit analysis? It’s really incredible that we were introduced into the accounting world in such a short period time, transforming us from students who knew nothing about accounting into individuals who now understand the basic concepts.


Now hopefully my classmates will receive good grades!


Once I finished my accounting exam, I suddenly found that all the green leaves turned red and yellow, in what seemed to be overnight. You can’t even imagine the fall scene that is mixed with green, yellow, and red; it sends off a very powerful visual impact. I can’t help but express how fabulous it is.


While I was walking across the lawn, in front of Rush Rhees Library, I watched students sitting on the grass, reading, writing, talking, and so on, sunlight seeping through the leaves. Deep down, everyone is cherishing the last bit of sunshine before the heavy snow arrives in Rochester. I feel as though I can never love the fall in Rochester too much. I love its colorfulness and enjoy its peacefulness… especially now that midterms have passed.



– Jill Jin ’15 (MS)Jill Jin Pic

Just the Beginning of My TEAM Story

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Do you value rigorous programs in both engineering and business? Do you value an interdisciplinary program rather than a traditional master’s program? Do you value experience in entrepreneurial management?


These aspects drew my attention to the TEAM program and ended up being the reasons I finally enrolled in this program. As time goes on and I work through the unique TEAM program, I see what I’ll learn from TEAM will go far beyond that.


After spending a month’s time together, we know more about our classmates and courses. It’s amazing that you can have courses with classmates from various educational backgrounds—the diverse thinking is very enjoyable. It was once hard for me to imagine how students from different backgrounds work as a group on one business case and finally complete a perfect plan. Considering that each student may think and problem solve differently depending upon his or her own profession and cultural perspective, it might be a little difficult to reach an agreement. After the first group assignment was completed, I realized that having a group with varied backgrounds actually brings more to the table. This is especially true during brainstorming (due to everyone visualizing a problem differently than other group members, providing the whole group with a creative boost).


JillpicIn addition to engineering courses, we take three business courses: Accounting and Finance Primer for Entrepreneurs; Screening Technical Opportunities; and Economics, Marketing and Strategy Primer for Entrepreneurs. These courses bring us into the business world, which is totally different from engineering fields. Engineers tell you “1+1=2” while economists tell you “1+1= it depends.” Business courses reshape our minds. Economics teaches you what the market is and the game between the supplier and customer. Accounting teaches you how to manage your money in a proper way, making money with money. Screening technologies teaches you how to protect invention with patents and how to screen the opportunities in today’s era of “Big Data.” Undoubtedly, all of these skills help us recognize and interpret the world from a new viewpoint.


I still remember that night during orientation (it gave me goosebumps) when I heard senior TEAM members talking about how they did their business plans and then started their own company. This was while we were on a dinner cruise on the Colonial Belle beneath the sulfur sky. I still get goosebumps remembering their stories!


I believe it’s just the beginning of my TEAM story.


– Jill Jin ’15 (MS)Jill Jin Pic