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For South Korea's First Astronaut, Haas MBA Is a Step Into the Unknown

Business school is the final frontier—or at least it is for Soyeon Yi, South Korea’s first astronaut and the second Asian woman in space. A second-year MBA student at University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, Yi says adjusting to business school was almost as tough as acclimating to the lack of gravity in space. “I would look up words in the dictionary and couldn’t even understand them in Korean because they were words I never used.”

Recently, Yi had a conversation with Bloomberg Businessweek reporter Francesca Di Meglio. Here are edited excerpts of their conversation: