Class of 2018
Northeast Yucai School, Shenyang
Li Ka Shing Foundation Full Scholarship Recipient
I am a junior majoring in Economics, ACMS and Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. In addition to the Greater China Scholars Program, I am also a member of the Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program and the Glynn Family Honors Program. My past two and a half years at Notre Dame were rich with adventures and opportunities. I feel beyond grateful and humbled to have been offered so much support that encourages me to step outside of my comfort zone, challenge myself intellectually, and give back to the global community.
In school, I am actively involved in the Student International Business Council (SIBC), where I served on the Board of Directors this year and completed multiple finance, consulting and international economic exchange projects. This experience not only enriched my perspectives on globalization and international commerce but also provided me with invaluable opportunities to meet lifelong mentors. With the help of my peers in SIBC, I was able to secure an investment banking internship at J.P. Morgan in New York City for Summer 2017. I am grateful for what SIBC has helped me with and I’m always ready to give back to this community as much as possible. In addition to business, I am also interested in humanitarian law. I did a volunteering internship at the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office last semester, where I assisted in the non-profit legal aid process for child abuse and domestic violence victims in St. Joseph County, and learned a lot from the experience.
For the past two summers, the Greater China Scholarship and Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program (HYSP) have inspired and supported me to explore the world, reflect on my passion, and give back to local communities wherever I travel. In the summer of my freshman year, I traveled to Ecuador with the summer funding from HYSP and interned for an economic empowerment non-profit called Social Entrepreneur Corps. The summer after my sophomore year, I traveled to Panama and did a case study on the local mining industry with peers from Universidad Católica Santa María La Antigua. After the trip, I stayed in Milwaukee, WI for 10 weeks and did a summer internship in the investment banking – public finance division at Robert W. Baird.
I will be studying abroad in Dublin, Ireland for a semester in Spring 2017. Traveling in Europe as a twenty-something with few responsibilities has always been on my bucket list for things to do in college, and Notre Dame has made my dream come true. As I embark on another exciting and enriching journey of the unknown, I look back to all the accomplishments, failures, and, above all, personal growth I have experienced in college so far, and I am grateful beyond words for the opportunities and support from Notre Dame and the Greater China Scholars Program.
High School Affiliated with Nanjing Normal, Nanjing
I am from Nanjing, China. I am a double major in Finance and FTT (Film, Theatre and Television) with a film concentration.
In high school, I worked as the chief consultant for the 2015 Youth Olympic Games Teenage Consultant Team. During those three years I organized a series of events and projects that focused on communication, advertising, and gathering ideas from around the world. I also devoted myself to service and academic research.
At Notre Dame, I’ve had great opportunities to explore my mind and possibilities for the future. Acting, directing and advertising for the NSR Shakespeare Company since freshman year, I’ve met many talented people passionate about theatre and film. As I became more involved in groups and projects concerning the performing arts, I set my mind to developing a career in the entertainment industry. Notre Dame offers invaluable assistance to students who strive to pursue their interests. Supported by CUSE, I was able to carry out my own film project. GCS summer funding also made it possible for me to work as an archeology volunteer abroad this past summer.
I am truly grateful for all of the support I receive from Notre Dame and the GCS Program. I hope to make the most of my time here and give back to the community in my upcoming years.
Taipei American School, Taipei
I attended Taipei American School from K-12 and am now an undergraduate student studying Marketing and Chinese at the University of Notre Dame.
At Taipei American School, I was a member of the volleyball team for three years, track & field for four years, and contemporary dance for four years. I was also an active member of the National Honor Society as well as Student Government.
At Notre Dame, I have successfully partaken in various SIBC (Student International Business Council) projects. Some of the companies I have worked with include: Target, Ogilvy & Mather, Diageo, and Wolf & Shepherd. Many of these trips involved solving real-world business problems, with offices located throughout the US. Outside the business setting, I have served as the multicultural commissioner of Keenan Hall, responsible for hosting cultural nights. This entailed coordination with other student organizations and professors at Notre Dame.
In Spring 2017, I will be studying abroad at the East China Normal University located in Shanghai. I hope to use this time abroad to expand my knowledge of the Chinese culture and develop a stronger understanding of the language.
Committing to Notre Dame has been by far the greatest decision I have ever made. From friends to faculty, everyone in the university goes above and beyond to make Notre Dame a phenomenal place for academic and spiritual growth. As the great football coach Lou Holtz once said about Notre Dame, “If you’ve been there, no explanation is necessary. If you haven’t, none is adequate.”
Nanjing Foreign Language School, Nanjing
I am a junior in International Economics - Japanese and ACMS major.
It is my honor to be a Greater China Scholar and I am grateful to be part of the GCS community, working closely with some of the most outstanding students in my class. At Notre Dame, I have been offered rich opportunities to explore my academic interests as well as prepare for my future career path. I serve as an event coordinator for the Welsh Family Hall - Hall Council; I work closely with the East Asian Language and Culture Department; Funded by the Center for Studies of Languages and Cultures (CSLC), I was able to participate in the HIF (Hokkaido International Foundation) summer language and culture program with homestay experience in Hakodate, Japan for eight weeks, studying Japanese language and experience the authentic local culture. Next spring, I will be enrolled in the Notre Dame - Keio exchange program and will study Japanese language, culture, history, as well as East Asian trade and monetary policies at Keio University, Tokyo.
During the past summer, funded by the GCS summer enrichment fund, I was able to serve as a full time volunteer at the China-Dolls Center for Rare Disorders Beijing Office, providing specific voluntary services for the children with Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) and conduct my independent research on the living conditions of populations with rare disorders. I started the service after I finished my first theology course at Notre Dame. What I learned in class: suffering, human vocation, and concept of love and death, helped my get through some of my own experiences. This project also brought a vivid demonstration of these concepts that greatly helped my spiritual growth. I will continue the service program this winter break and next summer. I also hope to call more attention from the Notre Dame community, to populations with rare disorders in order to encourage more services and donations in the future.
I cannot thank GCS more for the experience, skills, and fond memories I have been granted so far as a member of the Notre Dame community. It is without a doubt the most significant personal development experience I have been through.
Shanghai American School, Shanghai
I am from Shanghai. During high school at the Shanghai American School, I became especially interested in my business classes and I received academic awards for my AP Economics and AP Statistics classes. I co-founded the Investment Club and recruited around 30 club members to participate in an Investopedia simulation game. I was also highly involved in the music department, playing the viola in my school’s symphony orchestra and the International Honors Orchestra.
Currently, I am a junior Accounting major with an International Business Certificate. I was a project leader for a PwC consulting case and a Stax private equity consulting case as part of the Student International Business Council. This past summer, I interned with the Colorado Enterprise Fund, analyzing credit risk and financial statements of small business borrowers. With these insightful experiences, I will be joining KPMG in their Private Equity Deal Advisory practice in Chicago or New York City after graduation.
Aside from my future career, I co-founded an internationalization project called “Eat and Meet,” which brings students together around a table where they discuss their international experiences through the Center for Social Concerns and Campus Ministry. Notre Dame is an extraordinary, tight-knit community with friendly people that I will have life-long relationships with even after graduation. It is a truly unique experience that I appreciate having
Beijing No. 4 High School, Beijing
I attended Beijing No.4 High School and am now a junior at Mendoza College, double majoring in Accounting and Spanish.
In high school, I founded the first student-managed business on campus, BHSF café. We had a team of about 20 part-time student workers and held several successful events like reading clubs and alumni reunions.
At Notre Dame, I am a member of the Fighting Irish Synchronized Skating Team. Practicing four times a week and attending competitions on weekends makes my life extremely busy and fulfilling. It forces me to manage my time more efficiently in order to find a balance between schoolwork, skating and sleep. I am also the CIO (Chief Information Officer) of Mendoza Student Leadership Association this semester. We develop new initiatives for business students throughout the year, such as different panels, a mentoring program and senior Gala. I also take charge of the social media, and work closely with the marketing team and dorm representatives.
Notre Dame teaches its students how to become better people and engaged world citizens, as well as providing them with professional knowledge and skills. My eight-week summer experience at the Bethany Catholic Worker House in Rochester inspired a desire to participate in more community service in the future. Notre Dame offers us so many opportunities to explore who we are. I believe this four-year experience will be one of the most fulfilling periods in my life.
Shanghai High School International Division, Shanghai
I am from Hong Kong and was an IB Diploma student at Shanghai High School International Division. I am currently a junior in the College of Arts and Letters, and my majors are Philosophy and Economics.
In my freshman year of high school, I founded the DIY Science Club in hopes of becoming an engineer/physicist. During my junior and senior years, I was the Photography Director of Highlight Magazine, a student magazine distributed to 14 different international schools in Shanghai. In my senior year, I was elected as the Head of the Media Department of the Associated Student Body. Throughout high school, I was also the lead singer of my rock band, performing at different venues and events in Shanghai, such as Rock for Charity.
At Notre Dame, I found my second family in the hip-hop group Project Fresh and I have enjoyed performing in shows such as Asian Allure and Latin X. During my sophomore year, I served as the Multi-Cultural Commissioner of my hall and was responsible for promoting cultural awareness and hosting events. I also take part in the Club Coordination Council, a branch of Student Government that oversees and represents more than 400 undergraduate student clubs at Notre Dame. The summer of my sophomore year, I was honored to have received grants from the GCS program and the Glynn Family Honors program to conduct philosophy research at the London Global Gateway, with my advisor.
Notre Dame is a very loving community. I have enjoyed my time here so far and I hope to continue making the most out of my Notre Dame experience. Go Irish!
Changzhou Number 1 High School, Changzhou
I am from Changzhou in the Jiangsu province. I graduated from Changzhou No.1 High School.
At Notre Dame, I major in Finance and Applied Computational Mathematics and Statistics (ACMS) and I am also a member of the Glynn Family Honors Program. During the past two and a half years, I participated a lot in Student International Business Council and did a lot of finance-related projects and finally decided to pursue Sales and Trading as my goal in my early career path. I’m also a member of Project Fresh Hip-hop dancing club. I participate in practice session every week and performed in a lot of cultural shows.
Last summer, I studied and interned abroad in Worri Bank, Seoul, Korea for six weeks and it has become one of my most memorable experiences. During the six weeks, I completed a news report everyday, which included the stock price of Woori Bank and its competitors. I also helped the department put up the earning report slides. From this great experience, I was exposed to the corporate business finance which helped me gain a lot of skills sets that are required by investment banks.
During my first junior semester, I have been actively seeking summer internships in Sales and Trading with different investment banks. After working hard for three months, I received offers from Citigroup, Bank of America Merril Lynch, Nomura and UBS. I chose Citigroup in the end and I’ll work as a trader for next summer, hopefully as full-time in the future.
Attending Notre Dame was the best choice I have ever made. Notre Dame’s wonderful Mendoza College of Business provides various options for excellent courses and opportunities to meet experienced professionals. Also, I received so much help from ND alums and I couldn’t be who I am today without their incredible help.
Experimental Beijing Normal High School, Beijing
I am currently a junior with a primary major in Physics and a secondary major in Economics.
When I was in high school, my friends and I initiated the Class Union in an effort to compensate for the deficiency of the student government in supporting student-oriented activities. Along with Class Union we founded an online community (idoes.co) and a student company to provide both technological and financial support for students to carry out their own activities.
My favorite experience so far at Notre Dame has been my time spent in the core leadership group of ND Student Energy Board (SEB). Collaborating with the university’s distinguished research center for sustainable energy, SEB facilitates energy-related education and outreach throughout the Notre Dame and surrounding communities from various perspectives including technology, business, and policy. I enjoy working closely with my outstanding peers in this diverse group of undergraduate and graduate students, all of whom have impacted me very positively with not only their great strengths to lead but also their deep understandings in the importance of raising awareness and increasing knowledge of key energy issues and topics. Revealing to me the immeasurable value in taking a stand on the well-being of our later generations, my experience in SEB encourages me to make a lifetime commitment in creating a more sustainable energy future for all.
For the rest of my time at Notre Dame, I would like to make full use of the excellent resources provided by the university to pursue my academic interests. I would also like to spend more time in studying the wisdom of traditional Chinese philosophy and preparing myself for the challenges in the future.