Do Hoang Quan

Master’s in Applied Quantitative Finance ’18

Hometown: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Hobbies: Gaming, eating, soccer, tennis and TED Talk videos.

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If you could tell your past-self one thing before you started grad school, what would it be?

Slow down and don’t rush it. You may think you are ready for the market but the reality is you have a lot to learn.

What advice do you have for prospective students?

As an international student, it’s important to work on your English. I have seen fellow international students struggling with class due to their inability to understand what the professor is saying, as well as struggling to put down their thoughts into words.

What is your favorite thing about living in Denver?

It’s sunny most of the year. I like exploring the city and finding new places to eat.

Why did you want to pursue a graduate business degree?

I love working with numbers and seeing how it applies to every aspect of our lives. I pursued a graduate degree because it will give me a deeper dive into the field I am interested in.

Why did you choose Daniels for your graduate degree?

I chose Daniels for the small classroom size, great culture and ethics, and exceptional professors.

What surprised you the most about business school?

Everything is related to numbers, but that’s not the most important thing when looking at a business. I need to look at a business from a qualitative standpoint first before going to the numbers to understand what the company is.

Is there a particular class or professor at Daniels who really stands out?

Ron Rizzuto stands out for me because of his dedication to the courses he teaches and his students. I was surprised when he reached out to me himself to help me look for jobs post-graduation. Another professor would be Peter Lung for his unconventional way of looking at the financial market that caught my interest in derivatives.

How have you evolved as a leader during your time at Daniels? 

Daniels has taught me to take initiative in any project/work environment. I started out just sitting around at the beginning of a project waiting for a “leader” to stand up and give direction on what to do. However, it turns out many people will do the same thing and the team ends up with no leader. After those experiences, I went out of my way to take the initiative in every project to establish leadership within the team.