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In my three years since starting at Arcadia, I’ve been part of New Student Orientation (NSO) as an orientation leader; SABA, which is Arcadia’s business club; ABC, which stands for Arcadia for a Better Community; and Arcadia’s environmental club. Some of my favorites include Knight Club and Puro Ritmo, as I really enjoy dancing. We used to have a finance club, which I was an active member of. I also have worked in the Castle in the Office of Enrollment Management.
Everything here has been really fun. I met a lot of people through joining clubs and working at Arcadia, and I’ve developed great relationships with my bosses and professors.
Australia was the farthest place that I had ever traveled in my entire life. It was also the longest I had ever been away from my family. It definitely helped me grow as a person, helping me learn to be independent and explore on my own. You grow differently when you are doing things by yourself; it pushes you to test your limits. And not being an hour-and-a-half car ride away from my home, like I am here at Arcadia, really put things into perspective for me. As a result of my experience abroad, I am now taking part in a research study for my advisor through Arcadia’s School of Global Business, conducting international business and culture research to find out more about what draws people to International Business as a major, and how we can retain these students.
I have had a lot of great teachers. I had two AP professors in high school that pushed me to do my best. I still email them today, and it is encouraging that they believed in me then and still do now. It’s helped me see my own potential. Also, my dad has had a huge impact on me. He came to America with very little, and now has his own business, which keeps growing. In the future, I would love to help him out with his company, but I would like to do my own thing for a little bit at first. Regardless, he has always pushed me to do my best. Lastly, I think I, myself, have always had a strong internal drive to start my own life, put my all into everything I do, and get money!
Throughout my collegiate career, I have been attending every networking and business event that Arcadia has hosted—anything possible to get my feet wet and my foot in the door. I was really stuck on finding an internship for a while, thinking that would be the best way for me to obtain a job. I finally got an internship with an international marketing company in Manayunk, where I will be able to work closely with business professionals to design ways to increase the company’s visibility and widen the identity of their brand. This internship was also offered with a promise of full-time employment for after I graduate. I will be starting in June! I had to overload on taking courses this semester in order to graduate early, but so far everything has been going well, and I cannot wait to see where life takes me from here.