Meet Michigan State’s MBA Class of 2018


Sung Y. Hong

Michigan State University, Eli Broad College of Business

Describe yourself in 15 words or less: US Army captain (human resource), still in active service.  

Hometown: Des Plaines, IL.  I was born in Seoul, Korea, moved to U.S.

Fun Fact About Yourself: Moved many times; moved to US from Korea.  Due to my job (active duty),  I had many duty stations and traveled to ther states and countries, TN, KY, SC, OK, TX, VA, Germany, Korea, and Afghanistan.

Undergraduate School and Major: Undergraduate – University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, Korea (Bachelor of Laws). Graduate – Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN (MS in Management).

Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation: Association of Korean Oriental Medicine, worked at Plan & Policy Department.  Chicago Koreatimes, reporter, assistant editor.  US Army, Adjutant General (Human Resource) Officer.

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: I joined the Army as a specialist (enlisted), became an officer, and promoted to a captain.  When I deployed to Afghanistan, I was a HR advisor for Afghan Army, helping them to build HR systems for Afghan Army.

Looking back on your experience, what advice would you give to future business school applicants?  Prepare for the GMAT earlier. Also, Broad MBA is one of the great programs for military people. I recommend the Broad MBA for veterans. All concentrations have great programs, especially for logistic officers, as supply chain management will be a great opportunity.

What led you to choose this program for your full-time MBA? Reputation and the class size; reputation is getting better every year and the class size is smaller than other programs.

Tell us about your dream job or dream employer at this point in your life?  Because I am a sponsored student (by Army), I do not have dream job.  After MBA, I have to go back to the Army.  

What would you like your business school peers to say about you after you graduate from this program? I hope, I am a person they can ask me help any time without hesitation; a friendly and accessible person.

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