Kenko Ueyama ‘15

“Choose classes carefully, and develop yourself professionally. I learned most and enjoyed classes that were taught by engaging professors, regardless of the topic or difficulty. In addition, I pursued internships in different industries every summer to gain work experience. Those two factors made the whole experience much more rewarding, and gave me a better idea of what I wanted to pursue after graduation.”

Hailing from Tokyo, Japan, Kenko Ueyama chose to study at Johns Hopkins because of its challenging academics and excellent courses offered in social science, recently graduating with a double major in Economics and International Studies..
Why economics? “Economics offers a practical understanding of how the world works, which will be useful in any profession I pursue in the future. In addition, the major has given me a whole new perspective on many current policy issues applicable to countries around the globe whether it be valuing investments through discounted cash flows, the role of central banks and interest rates, the future of emerging markets, currency movements, financial derivatives, or international trade.” Kenko valued the flexibility offered by upper-level courses, the excellent econometrics course, and the many opportunities for pursuing interesting research assignments, including forecasting the exchange rate of the euro, negotiating a simulation M&A deal, and explaining the Ukrainian crisis from a game theory perspective.
Kenko is currently enrolled in an accelerated 5-year BA/MA program with Johns Hopkins University SAIS, so he will be spending one additional year completing his Masters degree, with a concentration in International Economics and Energy. Ultimately, he hopes to pursue a career in consulting or perhaps working for an international institution. Final reflections? “Choose classes carefully, and develop yourself professionally. I learned most and enjoyed classes that were taught by engaging professors, regardless of the topic or difficulty. In addition, I pursued internships in different industries every summer to gain work experience. Those two factors made the whole experience much more rewarding, and gave me a better idea of what I wanted to pursue after graduation.”