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Student and Alumni Spotlight

Paul Niedfeldt

Paul Niedfeldt is our awesome alumni from 2013-2014 cohort. He is married and has a wonderful wife and four kids. He is from Crystal Lake, IL and is currently living in Charlottesville, VA attending UVA Darden for the MBA. He began learning Chinese when he was serving in the Texas Houston South Mission. He joined the Chinese Flagship program to experience life in another country and improve his grasp of the Chinese language and culture.

What Paul said about his Flagship experiences: "I particularly enjoyed the two internships I completed during my capstone experience. Being able to experience real life in China was incredible and I don't know of any other program that provides you with the same level of immersion into a foreign culture. Flagship has been a unique differentiator in every single one of my professional and MBA school interviews. As the world becomes more global, organizations increasingly value individuals who demonstrate command of multiple languages and cultures. My Flagship experience has made me more competitive for job offers, scholarships and many other unique opportunities."

Paul’s current career: "Currently, I am obtaining my MBA at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. This summer, I will be interning with BCG as a Summer Consultant in their Atlanta office before joining full-time following graduation. In the future, I hope to work with/for Fortune 500 companies, advising them on critical operational and strategic decisions both domestically and globally. I hope to complete multiple overseas assignments in China and elsewhere."

A little more about Paul:

  • Favorite hobby: ultimate frisbee.
  • Favorite food: Burgers! Blue Frog in China saved his life while he was studying abroad.
  • Dream Vacation: Italy. He wants to visit Rome, Florence and Venice for the history, the museums, and the FOOD!
  • One thing on his bucket list: Multi-day backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail.
  • A talent he wants to develop: Woodworking.
  • The first thing he'd build would be a new table.