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Fiona Yu of Vancouver, Canada (Born in Hong Kong), studied human development
Why did you choose Cornell?
I wanted to study abroad and be at a university that allows me to choose any study that best pertains to my interests and future. Cornell also has a beautiful campus, and I like the fact that all students live on/near campus.
Main Cornell extracurricular activity -- why is it important to you?
Student Agencies Inc. because all the business products and services cater directly to the Cornell and the Ithaca community. Student Agencies is the nation's oldest student-run corporation, since 1894; it has a portfolio of seven businesses and employs more than 250 student employees, the largest employer of students after Cornell itself. I served for a year as the manager of Campus Promotions, its sales and marketing agency, and was promoted to president the following year. As president, I led a team of 16 managers and officers and managed more than 200 part-time student employees. I had to work more than 40 hours/week during peak periods while attending classes, which was definitely a challenge. But the experience provided me a hands-on opportunity to run real businesses, a chance to lead and motivate a team of highly successful leaders and ultimately helped shape my career path.
While at Cornell, what other accomplishments/activities are you most proud of?
I am most proud of leading the Cornell women's table tennis team to win third place at the National Collegiate Table Tennis Competition in 2008. It is the best title Cornell has ever won in its table tennis history. (I served as captain and coach of the team; vi'e president of the Cornell Table Tennis Club during my freshman and sophomore years and president during my junior year.) I am also proud that I was a research assistant in the 'Love Lab' (Adult Attachment Lab) since the end of my freshman year and completed my honors thesis on love and shopping - 'You Never Really Shop Alone.'
What are your plans for next year; where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I graduated early in December to travel in Southeast Asia and Europe with money I saved from part-time work throughout my time at Cornell (I conquered Mount Kinabalu, a 4,095-meter-tall giant in Borneo in two days!) Starting this summer, I will be working as an associate consultant with Bain and Co. in Boston. In two years, I will join the Class of 2015 at Harvard Business School. In 10 years, I hope to be a C-level officer of a company or run my own business, be able to volunteer and advocate for issues I care about and be an avid traveler. I want a family, a beautiful home and to be around people I love and care about.
Who or what at Cornell influenced your Cornell education the most?
The friends I made and the diversity of the students at Cornell. I can speak Mandarin, Cantonese, English and French. I played on the Canadian national table tennis team. I have won national titles in Canada for piano and completed my performance diploma with highest distinction at age 14. At Cornell, I served as the events coordinator and volunteered as a piano teacher of the Cornell Piano Society for two years.
What Cornell memory do you treasure the most?
Watching sunset on Libe Slope.