Back to Kings Life index

Offers from Top 50 UW—Madison and Boston University

13 May, 2021
Offers from Top 50 UW—Madison and Boston University

Kosei Nakahama, from Japan, has recently been accepted to the University of Wisconsin—Madison (#42) and Boston University (#42) to study International Business, with the aim of pursuing a career as an investment portfolio manager.

Here, he reflects on his time so far in Wisconsin.

Hi Kosei. Which Kings school are you studying at and what are you studying?

I’m at UWO, Fox Cities and I’m studying Business — focusing on International Business.

What made you pursue a college degree in the United States?

I am from Japan, and the entrance requirements are different than in the US. And in the US, there are more options available.

What major are you interested in, and why?

"I am interested in International Business for Finance. I chose that because I’m interested in economic systems of foreign countries. I am excited about investment, and I was originally inspired by my father. I wish to be a portfolio manager."

What are your plans after graduation?

I’d like to work for an investment company and/or possibly pursue (graduate) school.

Why did you choose to study at Kings at UW-Fox Valley?

I chose it because of the UW-Madison Transfer Agreement. Kings helped me with my transfer application, including helping with my essays and resume. Also, I chose for help with the advising for courses.

What is your favorite class, why do you like it? What class do you find more challenging?

"Macroeconomics was my favorite class. It was a 100% online class, and the topic interested me. I really like how Macroeconomics is connected to the real world."

Microeconomics was the most challenging course, and I was still understanding how to study. We also had to understand how graphs worked.

Have you decided on your target schools? How did Kings staff guide you through the process?

Yes. UW — Madison, Boston University, and the University of Maryland.

"I didn’t want to take the TOEFL test, and so I needed help finding schools that didn’t require the TOEFL or where I could waive exams. My advisor helped show me show me more options than I first imagined."

Have there been any difficulties with classes or life in general? What kind of assistance did you get from Kings staff?

The biggest difficulty was Microeconomics. I was tempted to drop Microeconomics, but my Kings Advisor recommended that I stay in the course. I’m glad I stayed because it was a requirement for my transfer. Also, it was challenging to do the transfer process and to earn good grades.

Which student activity did you enjoy the most?

"I joined Soccer Club, and there I made American friends (in addition to my international friends). Also, that year we won the championship!"

What is your favorite part of living in Appleton/Menasha?

It is very safe. I didn’t feel any danger. And the people were really kind, even Uber drivers.

Find out more about Guaranteed Outcome programs with Kings in the US