Jonathan Asmis

Biomedical Systems Engineering, 0T8+PEY

Jonathan Asmis

Jonathan Asmis is currently wrapping up an MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business after spending just over two years as a Management Consultant at Accenture.  Following his graduation from Stanford, he intends to start a business which helps people easily invest in and manage real estate without as many frictions.  At the same time, he’s hoping to build a bit more community and ownership around temporary homes (i.e. rented condos and houses).  He quips, “If it sounds exceptionally vague, there’s good reason ­– we’re just getting started!”

Jonathan imparts two lessons for current EngSci students and recent graduates:

  1. You don’t know what you’re capable of until you get into the ring. Everyone will talk about second year design as a pretty transformational experience and I won’t belabor the point.  Know that you are capable of much more than you think.  Somewhat in contradiction however, your happiness in life will be entirely determined by believing that you are enough.  Enough to your parents, to your children, to your friends and to your community.  Being able to hold these contradictions is something that started in EngSci and still challenges me every day.”
  2. “Service isn’t about giving up part of your excess; it’s giving up something you’d rather keep.  Getting involved in community building activities is generally not a career-winning move.  You lose time to focus on getting better grades and pursue relevant extra-curriculars.  That’s life.  There are constant trade-offs between doing well and doing good.  All I can tell you is that doing both concurrently instead of sequentially has been the most important decision I’ve ever made.  You need to decide on the person you want to be.”