Wharton '21 Sheryl Chen

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SA: London School of Economics and Political Science

Program Abroad:

  • Semester Abroad (SA): London School of Economics and Political Science, England

Ask me about...

  • Taking classes limited to the management department allowed me to foster close relationships with peers interested in the same fields.

  • Going to a university without a campus, unlike at Penn.

  • Studying abroad with a small cohort. There were two other Penn students, and around 15 students in my exchange program total.

  • Completing virtual group projects with peers from around the world and coordinating between multiple time zones.

  • Planning trips to other locations during time abroad.

My Experience Abroad:

I studied abroad at the London School of Economics and Political Science in the Management Department. Working on strategic business decisions in groups with international students to analyze a potential acquisition opportunity allowed me to form close relationships with peers from Kazakhstan to Cyprus. It was insightful to apply different business frameworks not learned in Wharton. For example, I took a class on decision making which was similar to OIDD290; however, LSE focused more on applying theories, while the Penn course focused on analyzing decision-making errors and biases in real life examples. I also took a Simulation Modeling course, similar to OIDD321 offered at Penn, where our final project was to create a Monte Carlo simulation of the number of hospital beds, ICU beds, and ventilators needed in a UK hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

I took advantage of LSE's breadth of resources, including competing and being a finalist in the inaugural Management Consulting Competition, participating in LSE's women empowerment summit, hearing insights from the CEO of Hermes, and joining various student societies. Given that I'm also a management concentration at Wharton, I was able to broaden my major knowledge, and gain a global and UK-focused approach in leading corporations.

Other Highlights:

  • Hearing strategic insights from the CEO of Hermes

  • Gaining independence by living alone off campus in Southwest London

  • Attending the Brexit day rally in Parliament Square, where UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave a speech

  • Besides falling in love with the city of London, travel within the UK was also a hallmark of my experience. I was able to visit Stonehenge, Bath, Dover, and Canterbury

  • Riding the Amsterdam canals with friends

  • Traveling to Africa for the first time! I visited Rabat, Marrakech, and Casablanca in Morocco

  • Meeting up with a British student who studied abroad at Penn previously

  • Although my semester on LSE's campus was unexpectedly cut short due to COVID-19, I learned so much and have met so many amazing people in just 2 months

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