Meet a Shocker: Mariann Kurosu

Mariann Kurosu worked as a graduate research assistant for the Center for Real Estate while working toward her master’s in economics and quantitative analysis, which she will graduate with this December. She encourages her classmates to embrace the opportunity to learn and build their critical thinking skills and network by getting to know their peers.

Mariann is one of more than 1,400 students eligible for fall 2023 graduation. Learn more about her time at Wichita State and what's next for the grad.


Master of Arts in Economics and Quantitative Analysis, Data Analytics concentration


Encarnacion, Paraguay

What made you choose Wichita State University?

While looking for American universities to apply for my undergraduate studies, I learned that Paraguay had a partnership with Kansas, allowing Paraguayans to access universities in the state. Among the options, WSU was the only one located in a major city that offered an economics program as a BBA. As for my master's, I chose to continue at WSU because of the accelerated program, and I got the opportunity to work as a graduate research assistant for the WSU Center for Real Estate.

What has been your biggest challenge as a student, and how did you overcome it?

My biggest challenge has been time management, and I still struggle with it sometimes, but it definitely helped me to keep all my schedule in a calendar and having a daily to-do list. I also learned to stop overcommitting myself to things that distract me from my priorities.

What's your favorite off-campus location in Wichita?

It's hard to choose one, but I love going to local coffee shops like Coffee Daze or Reverie to hang out or to study with friends.

If you could choose a song to play when you walk across the stage at graduation, what would it be?

“Stand Out Fit In” by ONE OK ROCK.

What are your plans after graduation?

I have a job lined up starting in February.

What advice would you give other Wichita State students?

Be proactive, don't be scared of asking questions, and engage with your classmates and professors. College is about building your critical thinking skills and networking.

About Wichita State University

Wichita State University is Kansas' only urban public research university, enrolling more than 23,000 students between its main campus and WSU Tech, including students from every state in the U.S. and more than 100 countries. Wichita State and WSU Tech are recognized for being student centered and innovation driven.

Located in the largest city in the state with one of the highest concentrations in the United States of jobs involving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), Wichita State University provides uniquely distinctive and innovative pathways of applied learning, applied research and career opportunities for all of our students.

The Innovation Campus, which is a physical extension of the Wichita State University main campus, is one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing research/innovation parks, encompassing over 120 acres and is home to a number of global companies and organizations.

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