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Cecilia

Why did you decide to come to UW-Eau Claire for college?

Growing up in a small city in Mainland China, I was not exposed to a variety of new things, including English. But a lot of stories about chasing the American dream constantly inspired me, and motivated me to push myself to the limit. Two years ago, my score for the college entrance exam didn’t get me into the top university in China. So, I ended up going to Jinan University, which is also a prestigious school in Southern China. Most importantly, all these changes brought me to the excellent exchange program between Jinan University and UW-Eau Claire. It occurred to me that when one door shuts, another opens.

As an international student, I love the fact that UW-Eau Claire provides an incredibly supportive environment for maintaining good study habits and a healthy lifestyle. I have heard and experienced a lot of great things about the College of Business. They prepare students not just for a job, but also to be life-learners who will succeed throughout their career.

Why did you pick the major you selected?

For me, accounting fits my personality. I wouldn’t have figured that out without the motivation from my father. His passion and dedication in international business inspired me to pursue what I’m really interested in and good at.

Being a detail-oriented person gives me insight into the real accounting world. Plus, the fact that the College of Business provides an excellent CPA-focused program for undergraduates reinforces my career goal—to be a successful CPA with effective communication skills.

Have you completed an internship?

I’m currently working at Eau Claire Jazz Inc. as a volunteer. I have had hands-on experience in assisting our director with accounting data. Currently, we are striving to combine technology and accounting data for tracking our finances in a well-functioned electronic accounting system to enhance the effectiveness of overall finance operations. I’m glad that I seized the opportunity to help others in a meaningful way and to develop communication skills at the same time!

What tips and/or words of advice do you have for high school students coming to Eau Claire?

I would suggest incoming international students first determine what they want to get out of college. This could be done by talking to family members, professors, and alumni. Once at UW-Eau Claire, don’t be afraid to ask questions and show that you want to get involved in every meaningful way. When you open yourself up to a new environment, you actually open your future to the world.

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