University of Iowa
I am a junior who is currently studying at the University of Iowa. I double major in Finance and Management. Coming from China, Iowa has been a wonderful experience for me so far. I have learned so much that I wouldn't have if I would have chosen to stay in China. For example, I come to understand a lot more about American culture is and how business is like here in the States. Having been involved with leadership positions in various student organizations, I have realized the importance and the significance of leadership. I am currently in a student organization named Chinese Students and Scholars association, holding the Executive Vice President position. I am in direct charge of the all the students’ events and community service. Throughout the school year, we organize celebration events for Chinese National Holidays such as the Spring Festival, Mid-autumn Festival, etc. My committee is directly responsible for organizing each event and making sure they are successful. My job, as a leader of the group, is to accommodate each committee member to get his/her tasks done smoothly. Furthermore, I am also in a business fraternity called DSP and a social fraternity named SLB. Other business organizations have also help me greatly on understanding how the business world works.
Posted on Aug 9, 2011
at 5:46 PM
Today has been a really meaningful and enjoyable day for me. Although I am not very interested in politics, it was very pleasant to get to know the local governors and to know more about the state of Iowa. I was very surprised to see that all the governors are actually really friendly and are also interested in talking with us and getting to know us. This is something I barely experience in China. However, the most memorable experience of today started from the visit of the Pella Incorporate. From this visit, the biggest thing that I learned was to appreciate your life and always be willing to improve. I saw all the workers in the plant were very diligent and focused on their tasks, but most importantly they were all happy about what they are doing. I also found there was a board in the plant posting all the open jobs or other opportunities in the company for all the workers in the plant. Later, I was told by our tour guide that the company is very thankful to have all these dedicated workers who appreciate the job opportunities give by Pella, and furthermore, these workers are also very self-motivated, willing to take on bigger roles in the company to better themselves as well as the company as a whole. This makes me think that nowadays, in our society, there are many people who are always complaining about their jobs, relationships, and lives. They seldom think about all the opportunities they have been given and there are many other people who are way worse off needing to be helped. I strongly realize that we need to start appreciating the lives that we are having, and all the great things we have been offered by others or by the society. And moreover, we shouldn’t stop making effort to improve ourselves so that we can one day provide happiness for others who really need help.
Another crucial thing I learned from today’s experience of talking with an entrepreneur, who founded the Studio Mixing, is that in order to do a successful business, one shall follow his/her passion and ponder on what is really important in his/her life. He started his career in the Pella Incorporate and worked there for ten years. And then he got married and started realizing that his career in the Pella Incorporate is not what he wanted for the rest of this life. Thus he and his wife took a big leap into establishing their own businesses that where their true passion lies. Now they are doing a successful job. This has a big impact on me, because I have always been trying to be successful and trying to do different things. But I realized after today’s conversation with him that I really need to take some time off to deeply think what I am really passionate about. Although I might not be able to tell right now, but it is always good to keep that piece of advice in mind and I am sure it will help me a great deal in the future.
Posted on Aug 9, 2011
at 5:45 PM
I am a very open-minded person and I am open to almost all kinds of opportunities. Iowa is a fast developing state that has many emerging opportunities in almost any field of business. Furthermore, I am a creative person who is constantly forming new ideas and business plans. I have several business plans in mind that I am looking forward to carrying them out in the near future, and I think Iowa is a very ideal place for it because there is relatively little competition and the state government encourages small personal businesses. Moreover, another big asset that I have for developing future Iowa economics is the unique background. Being a Chinese person, I have a good understanding of Chinese culture and the commercial world. On the other hand, having come here since I was sixteen offers me opportunities to combine what I have learnt in China with ideas I am developing while I am in the states. And eventually start an international business here in Iowa. Along with that, another big asset is all the connection I have back in China that will enhance the possibility of establishing a successful international company here in Iowa.