College: Baruch College
I’m from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, but I was born in Guangdong Province, China. Growing up in New York City was an adventure for me: seeing different people on the streets, hearing the way they talk, and just roaming around the different neighborhoods, experiencing the plethora of integrated cultures all rolled up into one. My family and I immigrated to the United States when I was two and from an early age I was granted the gift of diverse communication, having learned both Cantonese and English simultaneously, and this gift allowed me to navigate and interact with the city.
On the other hand, my parents went through a different kind of experience. They had friends and neighbors who spoke Cantonese, but they had difficulty communicating with other people who spoke English. They could not ask for help or fully express themselves with the few terse words that they recognized. The task of learning English proved even more difficult as my parents, despite their setbacks in communication, had to work in order to provide for our family. The juggling of work and attempts to understand and master a complex language truly proved to be an arduous task for my parents. However, due to their courage and perseverance, they were able to create possibilities for the family to be successful. Because of my family, I learned how powerful and useful effective communication was, and how blessed I was to have the opportunity to use my gift of communication to provide opportunities for my family, just as my parents had done for me.
I now attend Baruch College, where my major is International Business and my minors are Finance and Chinese. Throughout my education, I have been interested primarily in the subject of math, and thus naturally sought to follow a career path in economics and finance. However, I am also interested in traveling which is why I plan on studying abroad in my senior year. To combine my personal interests in travel and linguistics with my professional interest in finance is a huge goal of mine and by doing so I plan to be a financial consultant for firms or individuals who invest in international markets. With more companies wanting to expand abroad and people wanting to invest in international markets, I feel that knowing the culture and the language of a foreign market would be extremely useful in knowing what types of investments would work in those markets. I also want to help people realize the options and the risks they have in investments, despite the language barrier. By knowing the contracts and the deals they are getting into, they can avoid fraudulent offers and unfair practices. I believe that I can provide even more opportunities to those who may be intimidated by the language barriers.
New York Needs You is a program for me to realize my dream of living in a world where non-natives, like my parents, would not be intimidated by the opportunities that America and the international markets have to offer. NYNY exposes me to a different community where I get to meet Mentor Coaches from different industries and Fellows from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. I feel that the organization’s mission aligns with my own goals of providing an opportunity for people who may not be aware of the endless options in life, whether it’s in a college experience or in the financial world.