-What made you decide to study in Taiwan?
The willingness to leave my comfort zone, never settle down and work hard to achieve all my goals. I had always seen Taiwan as an expectation of the unknown, and as a place where doing just the necessary would not be enough. The place where I would have to give it all, and sometimes more than what I had. The decision to move across the globe was not easy, but now, four years later, I am sure that it was the best decision I have ever taken in life.
-Why did you choose to study at MCU?
Back in the days when I was not sure whether to come to Taiwan or not, I remember doing lots of research on all the probable universities I would consider applying to. The process was quite simple. I narrowed it down to the ones I was interested in, did a bit more research, and ended up choosing MCU, as they offered the major I wanted to study, was the only accredited university, and the location of the campus did also catch my attention. I did not apply to any other university, and I do not regret this decision.
-Have you always aspired towards the business field?
Before coming to Taiwan, I got a scholarship to study law and so I did. For one year, I remember going to class thinking that my reality, at that moment, was not what I had pictured for my life. Since I was a little girl, I had always dreamed of traveling the world, learning as many languages, and meeting as many people as possible. My dream of going abroad started to seem impossible to ever become true. One day, I decided that I wanted more. I wanted to conquer the world by being my own boss, and that meant studying business. I quit school, applied for MCU, and hoped to get the good news. One day, I received my letter of acceptance.
-Which courses did you find most interesting? Did they somehow influence your career path?
Studying business meant having to take subjects related to math, and only between us, I am not a big fan of numbers. Yet, I found myself in a very unexpected spot, where I now absolutely love to study Accounting. Besides my beloved Accounting, other courses did also have my heart. Critical Literacy has changed my life in terms of research and reliability. Overall, all courses provided by MCU has somehow, helped me.
-What skills, which you have learned during your studies, you consider the most important?
My college life has given me the skill I always desired the most, which is to be able to speak in public.
I have gotten to a point where I do feel comfortable speaking in front of many people, and I can still express myself without any trouble. This has also helped me career-wise.
-What is the most memorable experience you have from the MCU?
The program provided me with countless possibilities to learn more about different topics and areas of knowledge. It did not limit us to a specific area of study, and this has allowed me to learn and grow. It has also shown me that there is a world of possibilities out there. IBT has given me the enthusiasm and desire to get to know and explore the unknown.
-What was the biggest lesson you learned during your studies?
That your future depends exclusively on you and nobody else. You can, of course, count on other people to be there for you, help, and cheer you up. But they should not do any more than that.
Your future equals your fight.
-Has the IBT program somehow changed your life / changed you as a person? If yes, how?
I could list a bunch of moments and experiences that I have gathered since I joined MCU, but for sure, networking has changed my life. From the people I was able to meet throughout my studies, to the ones I met outside the campus and even out of the country. It has taught me that networking, followed by hard work and willingness can take you anywhere.
-How did you get your current job?
I made sure that I was getting the best out of our teachers and that they would recognize that. I tried to get to know them. And it worked.
One of my professors, Mrs. Chen Ho, was once asked if she happened to know anyone with certain skills and requirements. She thought of me and told me to apply for the job.
I did my part, of course. I got prepared and ended up getting the job.
-In your opinion, what are the most important skills, which you need if you want to succeed in professional life?
Focus on the skills that you have already got and never stop learning! Start working on the skills you desire to gain and do your best to be the best at them.
From my personal experience, I would say that having good communication, teamwork and self-management skills are a must.
-What’s your next goal? How are you working towards your goal?
My next goal is to be able to work from anywhere I want, whenever I want, allowing me to travel the world as well as be next to my family whenever I want to.
Since we now must live alongside the pandemic, liberty is what I am working on and looking forward to gaining.
-What is your personal motto? Who is your idol / who have you always looked up to?
Someone once told me that, while there is life, there will be hope, and I have not once forgotten about it. I believe that humans are in this world for one simple reason and goal: to conquer the world. And I am 100% in for this. My family has always supported me, and they are the people I have always and will always look up to.
-What motivates you, so that you are able to achieve your goals?
The desire to do more, to learn more. To never settle to any less than I think I deserve. To be able to achieve all my goals and dreams and not even then, stop fighting for them.
What was that one thing that encouraged you to power through when things got hard?
To always remember where I come from, the people I had to leave behind, and everything I have gone through to be where I am at today. You can never change who you were before, and neither should forget. This is your real strength. You should use that instead as your motivation to always go big and do more.
-With the global pandemic limiting work opportunities, what advice would you give current students who are looking for an internship?
Take advantage of your professors and school’s resources. They are, often, the connection cable you have been looking for to be able to finally connect and get that job you have always wanted. Do not quit on your first rejection and always try to get the best out of their feedback so you can improve and do better next time. And do not stop searching. There is something in you that might be exactly what someone has been looking for. You might be unique for someone. Be persistent, and you will get there.