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Alum Clay Zou

Name: Clay Z.

Hometown: East Brunswick, New Jersey

Major(s): Public Health Studies, Economics

Minor(s): Entrepreneurship and Management

Current job: Senior Associate Consultant, Bain & Company

Tell us a little about the path from graduation to your current job/career: Management consulting seemed like the perfect job for me out of undergrad because it allowed me to explore a variety of industries I was interested in as well as gain interpersonal business skills working with senior executives at large corporations. It’s a little bit like the undecided major of the real world.

Any internships/pre-professional experiences at JHU? Freshman summer I interned in the Office of Strategic Planning and Performance Improvement at US Department of the Treasury in DC. Sophomore winter I attended the Deloitte Sophomore Leadership Conference. Sophomore summer I interned at Travelers Insurance in the Direct to Consumer group. And junior year I interned at Pfizer Consumer Healthcare.

What extracurriculars were you involved with at JHU? I was President of Students Consulting for Nonprofit Organizations (SCNO), VP of Professional Development at Alpha Kappa Psi (AKPsi), an RA in Charles Commons and McCoy Hall, a Plant Operations Committee Member on Spring Fair, and a Financial Accounting Learning Den tutor.

In what ways did your Hopkins education prepare you for your career? It taught me how to think critically about problems, deal with ambiguity, and be responsible and own my work, both inside and outside the classroom.

Any classes, faculty members, or involvements at JHU that helped to shape your career interest? Students Consulting for Nonprofit Organizations (SCNO) for sure. It gave me first-hand exposure to what consulting life could look like.

Favorite Hopkins memory: SOHOP in 2013. It’s 100% why I went to Hopkins.

What about being a Hopkins student do you miss the most? Late Night at the FFC (Fresh Food Cafe).

How did going to school in Baltimore affect your college experience and opportunities for pre-professional experiences? I was fortunate enough to be welcomed to such a lively, vibrant city that allowed a transplant like myself to feel safe and feel like I could really get to know the city. It also unlocked my passion for food with the amount of incredible restaurants in the city (e.g., Alma Cocina Latina).

Knowing what you know now, what would you want to tell your pre-college self? Definitely study abroad.