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Stern Singles Presents: Katie Jagodka

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Sternie Testimonials:

Katie is great and the most self-aware person I have met. One thing I wanna say is, “Spicy boys only.” 

Katie is one of the best people I know! She is so thoughtful and kind and just a great friend. She’s also so much fun!! She’s always down to travel and try new things—she’s the life of the party!! 

If there’s one way to describe Katie Jagodka, it’s “down” – always down for anything and anywhere. I had the pleasure of meeting the vibrant and badass Katie, SoCal native, yoga instructor/pending consultant, with non-basic music taste.…

Faculty Spotlight: Kristen Sosulski 

Dr. Kristen Sosulski is a Clinical Associate Professor of Information, Operations & Management Sciences in the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University, where she teaches MBA students and executives data visualization, computer programming and business analytics. She is also the Director for the Learning Science Lab for NYU Stern, where she develops immersive face-to-face and online learning experiences to advance business school education.

This interview has been edited for clarity.

Hello Kristen, first thank you for agreeing to speak to the Stern Oppy!

I know we’re amid finals and it is a busy time for students and professors alike, so I appreciate you making the time for us today.

Stern Somebody: Eryn Park

The Oppy staff is proud to continue a feature called “Stern Somebody,” telling the stories of remarkable classmates and how they became the exceptional people they are today.

If there is one place Eryn Park never thought she would be at this point in her life, it’s a soon-to-be MBA graduate working as a product marketing manager for a sustainable beauty brand. Since childhood, she’s always dreamed of moving to NYC and becoming a pastry chef. She cites the muffin man scene from Shrek as having a huge impact on her. The gumdrop buttons! So she packed up, moved across the country for undergrad at NYU, and worked her way up from fine dining kitchen intern to executive pastry chef.…

Stern Singles Presents: Shaina Himelstein

Meet the incredible Shaina! I had the pleasure of meeting Shaina doing Leadership Fellows this last year and have been continuously impressed by the person she is and her humility. I remember the first session of LF and hearing that she worked at Burger King. This idiot (yours truly) thought that she worked AT a Burger King. But no, no, she was in senior management for the corporation of BK, not flipping burgers. She was just so humble about all her incredible life experiences. She is now an MBA2 graduating this month and heading off to work at Meta in Global Operations.…

Stern Singles Presents: Sam Pollack

Sam is a full time MBA candidate graduating in May. He is originally from Pittsburgh, PA and has lived in Washington, D.C. and Newport Beach, CA before coming to Stern. Hobbies include golf, tennis, traveling, and poker. He is passionate about all things finance, holds a CFA charter, and garnered more than 2 million page views as a writer for Seeking Alpha (prior to graduating college). He is focused on using his skills to help make the world a better place.

Sternie Testimonials:

“Everyone knows that Sam is one of the smartest students in class, but his niceness and generosity make him stand out in a class crowded with amazing people.

Stern Singles Presents: Nicolette Wong

Nicolette is an MBA2 in the full time program, and is set to graduate later this month. She is originally from Singapore, where she used to be a writer and editor in the luxury magazine industry. She seized the opportunities at Stern to pivot careers, and will be heading to Mastercard post-graduation. She hasn’t had any kind of routine for two years, but can reliably be found digging into good food or petting a fuzzy creature. She can’t believe that her MBA experience is about to end, but is excited for what lies ahead.

Sternie Testimonials:

“Most people know of Nicolette as the resident fashionista of our class, but to me, she is that one person who knows all the things — she has great taste in food and drink, offers the best beauty tips and tricks, and is the voice of reason for her friends who are figuring out what to do with their lives.”

Stern Singles Presents: Ashley Joseph

Oh, you haven’t met Ashley Joseph? Just know that her beloved dog, Bella, literally skips and frolics when walking with Ashley. Puppies never lie. That could be you, skipping through life, but you keep ducking happiness. Duck no more. Get to know Ashley and frolic through life yourself. You’re welcome! Don’t take my word for it though, just look at the testimonials from fellow Sternies.

Sternie Testimonials:

“The girl you take to brunch but also want to marry, that is Ashley. By far one of the most caring and selfless people I have met in my life, she is there for you through thick and thin.

Stern Singles Presents: Deirdre Keane

Deirdre! The Oppy’s illustrious Editor-in-Chief, marathon superhero, nurse practitioner…what can’t she do? Besides being a Langone student at Stern, she works at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in the Pediatric ICU, where she takes care of children who are critically ill from cancer. Despite the magnitude of her job and insane work hours, she is always upbeat and finds time to run The Oppy. We get emails from her at all times of the day and night. “Time stamped at 4:13am…is Deirdre working overnight or getting up to start her day?” We never know. But somehow Deirdre still finds time to have fun, whether it’s going out or traveling.

Stern Somebody: Aditya Sundaresan

The Oppy staff is proud to continue our feature “Stern Somebody,” telling the stories of remarkable classmates and how they became the exceptional people they are today.

Aditya Sundaresan, more popularly known as Sunny, cannot be put in a box. He is a veteran, an entrepreneur, a TikTok influencer, and among it all, a first year full-time MBA student at NYU Stern. After graduating with a major in physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Sunny chose to do the unexpected and joined the army. After five years of service, Sunny has now rejoined civilian life and has recently launched Zuvier, an adventure and leisure brand.…

Stern Singles Presents: Molly Gilson

Meet Molly! Molly is an avid hiker, dog lover, and aspiring whiskey connoisseur.  She’s 29-years-old, loves being outside, black labs, Belgian beer …and alliteration. Tech manager by day, MBA student by night, Molly is always down for an adventure, whether it’s exploring the best sandwich shops in Greenwich Village, hiking in a national park, or a trip abroad.

Sternie Testimonials:

Molly and I are in the same block, and she is one of the nicest people I’ve met at Stern! I’m so glad to have shared the past couple of semesters with her and gotten to know her. I always knew I liked Molly, but I knew we would be great friends when she humorously called me out on something.

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