College: New York University
I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Both my parents came from China and were the first of their families to move to the United States. Assimilating to an American lifestyle while not having knowledge of English or any source of help was a difficult ordeal for them. Finding a job was not easy for my parents, but what they instilled upon me during those rough times was the importance of working hard and making the best of what you have. I understood from an early age that helping others in need is time well spent.
I am currently in my junior year at New York University where I am majoring in Finance and International Business. This has given me the opportunity to travel around the world and experience the various cultures and lifestyles of different societies. I have learned to value these experiences and the people I met during these trips, especially my recent volunteer trip to Lima, Peru, and my study abroad semester in Prague, Czech Republic. These experiences gave me a fresh perspective on different communities and societies that are far less fortunate than our own.
Ultimately, I wish to work in the personal wealth management field helping families improve their financial well-being. I feel that the success of a society starts with the success of individuals and their families, and one’s personal wealth management is essential to reach one’s goals. From my own experience seeing my parents working hard to support my family, I know that having support from someone knowledgeable is priceless. I love the idea of working with others to develop long-standing relationships by helping them achieve their financial goals.
I was first introduced to New York Needs You by a 2010 Fellow, and the help and advice he has given me foreshadowed what NYNY could offer in my professional and personal development. I am thankful to be a part of this amazing program, where I am able to meet with and build great relationships with people willing to help Fellows such as myself. In the future, I expect to play a mentorship role, whether it is professionally or personally, and give back to those less fortunate just as so many have done for me.