Class of 2016
Beijing No. 4 High School, Beijing
Li Ka Shing Foundation Full Scholarship Recipient
I was born and raised in Beijing, China.
Notre Dame, with its rich international opportunities, strong academic support and wide extra-curricular selection, has empowered me to pursue my dream of becoming a liaison between the East and the West.
On campus, I served as an International Ambassador, working with foreign students. In addition, my interest in business and commerce encouraged me to lead accounting and consulting case studies, and conduct research on American cross-border trade legislation. Beyond campus, I participated in business case competitions in Canada and China, attended summer school in Israel, and studied abroad in England.
Currently a student at Harvard Law School, I am exploring career opportunities that would allow me to contribute to conversations between China and the United States. The skills and values acquired from Notre Dame continue to support me in this journey.
Northeast Yucai School, Shenyang
I am from Shenyang. I graduated from the University of Notre Dame in May 2016 with a degree in computer science. I am currently in the process of applying to medical school.
In high school, I was primarily focused on environmental protection activism. I organized the Roots & Shoots branch of our high school, working on increasing students’ awareness of environmental problems. I established the Green Mock Trial, a club organizing mock trials during which students debated court cases related to environmental issues. The Green Mock Trial was successful and my team was invited to the IYSECC (International Youth Summit on Energy and Climate Change) to present our organization in July 2010.
At Notre Dame, I discovered my interest in medicine. I developed a passion for medical research through working with professors from the Departments of Computer Science and Biology. I spent all my summers in college working in research labs both on and off campus. I also gained valuable experiences through volunteering in both medical and non-medical settings. I worked in the First Aid Service Team during home football games starting my freshman year. I volunteered in hospitals as well as hospice house. I also worked as a mentor for the robotics team at Washington High School in South Bend. I found these experiences extremely rewarding. I believe that my desire to pursue a career in medicine has grown stronger through my academic and volunteering experiences.
I am currently in my gap year and am conducting research on pediatric brain tumors at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, while applying to medical school. I am very excited about applying the knowledge I learned at Notre Dame to interesting scientific projects that can contribute to the fight against terrible illnesses such as cancer.
Jinling High School, Nanjing
I graduated from Notre Dame summa cum laude in 2015 with a degree in Accounting and Mathematics. I live in Chicago now and am working as a management consultant for the Strategy and Operations group under Deloitte Consulting LLP. I chose a consulting career because of the opportunities to help Fortune 500 companies solve complex business problems as well as being able to travel and work in different places. I've had projects in Mexico City, Atlanta, New York City, and I'm currently on a 9-month assignment in Los Angeles.
Notre Dame provided me with many opportunities both inside and outside the classroom. My favorite class was Acting, which challenged me to do something different and exercise humility. With the help of Notre Dame's Career Center, I attended Deloitte University in Dallas for the NextGen National Leadership Conference in the summer after my freshman year. The following summer, I completed a rotational internship with Deloitte in Tax, Business Valuation and Real Estate Consulting. I also attended leadership conferences organized by Blackstone, JP Morgan and Deutsche Bank during my sophomore year. I accepted a full time position with Deloitte Consulting after a summer internship in Consulting. I became a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) after passing all four parts of the CPA exam.
I had a great time at Notre Dame. It was the people that made the place so special for me. When I first came to Notre Dame, my friends had to drag me to football games and hockey games and had to explain the very basics to me. Now, I’m the most passionate Irish fan and attended 9 out of 12 games during the first year after my graduation. I've hiked, skied, and surfed all across the country and backpacked through Europe with some of the amazing people I met at Notre Dame. I received excellent guidance and counseling from my professional mentors and my supervisors who helped me stay on track while pursuing my academic and professional goals.
In the next few years, I plan to continue my career in Consulting, spend time with my family and friends, meet new people, attend more Notre Dame football games, and continue to travel and see the world.
Wuhan Foreign Language School, Wuhan
I can’t believe that the last time I updated my profile for the Greater China Scholarship page I was still a student at Notre Dame, excited and anxious about my post-graduation life. Now I am living this life already. For the past school year, I have been missing the campus and the college life I had when I was still enjoying it. While walking on campus, talking to friends, staying up really late in Lafun, I was constantly and actively reminding myself how soon I would leave the campus and rage into the real world. I didn’t have a drastically different senior year; instead, I learned to cherish the mundane and even the things that I used to dislike or took for granted. I learned to appreciate even more the beauty of every discussion I was able to have in my philosophy class; I was able to discover the hidden messages and excitement buried within numbers and accounts when studying Accounting; I was able to make new friends with people who were much younger and older than me. I still remember many nights in my senior year when I feared what would happen after I graduated; I felt that I was not ready. However, at the same time, I realized - more than any single moment in the first three years of my college life - how much I have learned and gained through my Notre Dame experiences.
Living in Indiana for four years made me “snow-proof”; struggling through double majors in Accounting and Philosophy along with an art minor enabled me to talk to almost everyone and anyone; stressing out throughout the job-searching process made me realize who I am and what I want. I realized that talking to St. Mary at the Grotto was such a unique ND experience; only ND people know how real the connection can be at those mysterious and silent nights. I realized that most of the people we get to know on campus are sincerely sincere; the most of the religious and spiritual conversations I have had in my whole life happened in ND. I realized ND is really a family, although I have sometimes complained about how it needs more diversity. I realized that I have fallen in love with American football, avocados, and late-night quarter dogs because of ND.
As I am sitting in my office in Manhattan typing this passage, seven months after my graduation ceremony, I realize that ND has become my home, and that I miss everything about it even more than I do about my real home. I am satisfied and unsatisfied with it, I miss it and don’t miss it (the weather), and I love and hate it from time to time – it’s such a bittersweet journey. I guess that makes it even more precious of an experience. I hope that all my dear friends on campus are able to enjoy every bit and every moment of their ND experience, and I hope that more young people are able to join us in this great journey. Welcome to the family. You will live the most memorable four years of your life.