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Jenna Leung, 2013, New Bedford, MA
Marketing major

leung.jpgWhy did you choose Providence College?

 

I chose Providence College because I felt very “at home” on campus. From the very first visit as a senior in high school, I instantly felt that Providence College was somewhere I could be comfortable spending the next four years. The college did not seem overwhelming or intimidating, it was the right sized atmosphere, and it’s not too far from my hometown in Massachusetts. The people were also friendly, as I remember seeing many smiling faces as I walked around that day. I knew I would feel comfortable attending PC.

 

What has been your favorite academic experience so far?

 

Taking microeconomics has (surprisingly!) been my favorite academic experience. I was not fond of macroeconomics the previous semester, but microeconomics has truly been unforgettable. In the class, I learned how to make good decisions and some lifelong changes that lead to countless, easy ways to save money! The professor based the class on real life situations and lessons. I was engaged with what I was learning in class, and the professor tried his best to help us succeed. Professors like these are priceless.

 

Tell us about any “student engagement” experiences you have had: internships, research opportunities, study abroad, etc.

 

My internship with the Newport Comedy Series in the summer of 2012 has been my favorite student engagement experience with Providence College. As part of this internship, I was able to gain a greater understanding of what I might like to do after graduation. I saw the “behind the scenes” work that goes into event planning, as well as how the company markets. I was also able to meet a number of great comedians, such as Kevin Hart and Gabriel Iglesias. Most importantly, I was able to advance my marketing and public relations skills because of this great opportunity, for which I owe a great deal of thanks to PC’s Career Education Center.

 

Why do you think that PC is a good fit for students of Asian-American descent?

 

I believe that Providence College is a good for students of Asian-American descent because I was able to make some of my best friends. Providence College does not exactly have a huge number of Asian-American students, but because of the smaller number of students, I was actually able to gain a closer bond with the ones I had met. As the president of the Asian American Association here on campus, I was able to meet so many great individuals who shared something in common with me. Whether we were both Chinese, or shared a love for Pad Thai, I felt at home. There is certainly truth to the popular quote, “quality over quantity.” The friends that I have made over the years here are people that I have become very close to, and I owe a big part to the inviting atmosphere of Providence College.

 

What has been your favorite extra-curricular experience so far?

 

Being a part of the Board of Multicultural Student Affairs (BMSA) has been an experience I will not forget! Through BMSA I have met my closest friends. This organization has broadened my horizons in many ways. I learned about so many cultures and even gained the courage to dance in front of hundreds of students at our school’s annual “Late Night Madness” Pep Rally all because of BMSA. BMSA has become a huge part of my life here at Providence College.

 

What has been your favorite extra-curricular experience so far?

 

Being a part of the Board of Multicultural Student Affairs (BMSA) has been an experience I will not forget! Through BMSA I have met my closest friends. This organization has broadened my horizons in many ways. I learned about so many cultures and even gained the courage to dance in front of hundreds of students at our school’s annual “Late Night Madness” Pep Rally all because of BMSA. BMSA has become a huge part of my life here at Providence College.

 

How has the liberal arts education you have received at Providence benefited you?

 

By having the liberal arts education I was able to be more of a well-rounded individual. I was exposed to a variety of classes that have positively changed my perception of subjects I strongly thought I would dislike. From Western Civilization classes to Theology classes, I was able to learn a lot more about myself as a person and see how far I could actually push myself academically. I am happy to have had the benefit of a liberal arts education.

 

Why do you think that PC is a good fit for students of Asian-American descent?

 

I believe that Providence College is a good for students of Asian-American descent because I was able to make some of my best friends. Providence College does not exactly have a huge number of Asian-American students, but because of the smaller number of students, I was actually able to gain a closer bond with the ones I had met. As the president of the Asian American Association here on campus, I was able to meet so many great individuals who shared something in common with me. Whether we were both Chinese, or shared a love for Pad Thai, I felt at home. There is certainly truth to the popular quote, “quality over quantity.” The friends that I have made over the years here are people that I have become very close to, and I owe a big part to the inviting atmosphere of Providence College.

 

If you had to sum up Providence College in one sentence, what would it be?

 

Providence College is an institution where I have gained a great education, met some lifelong friends, and have been able to grow into an independent individual that I am proud to be.

 

What activities are you involved in at PC?

 

Here at PC, I am part of the Asian American Association, which I have been a part of since my freshman year. This club is a great way to appreciate different Asian cultures and to meet great people! I have also been part of intramural tennis, which was such a great way to get some exercise and have some friendly competition. Art Club, Step-Up, and RCIA are a few other activities I partake in on campus.

 

Tell us about any “student engagement” experiences you have had: internships, research opportunities, study abroad, etc.

 

My internship with the Newport Comedy Series in the summer of 2012 has been my favorite student engagement experience with Providence College. As part of this internship, I was able to gain a greater understanding of what I would like to possibly do after graduation. I saw the “behind the scenes” work that goes into event planning, as well as how the company markets. I was also able to meet a number of great comedians, such as Kevin Hart and Gabriel Iglesias. Most importantly, I was able to advance my marketing and public relations skills because of this great opportunity, for which I owe a great deal of thanks to PC’s Career Education Center.

 

What is your favorite spot in the city of Providence?

 

Thayer Street is my favorite spot in Providence. Thayer is a great area to grab some good food. Antonio’s Pizza has some of the best pizza around, and then I love stopping for some frozen yogurt down the street. There are also a few little shops on Thayer that are always fun to browse in. If I want to relax and take a stroll, Thayer is my go to spot!

 

Any future plans you’d like to share?

 

As a senior, I have applied to a number of Event Planning and Public Relations positions in Boston. It is true that college is certainly an investment, and I strongly believe that selecting Providence College has given me the upper hand as I search for jobs. I feel very prepared and qualified to enter into the ‘real world.’ From the internships to the education, I certainly feel Providence College was worth it all. I would not change my decision to choose PC!

 

Is there anything else that you think accepted students should know about PC, that maybe you didn't know when you decided to become a Friar?

 

I think the only thing that I wish I knew was how to actually take everything in. College – and life in general – goes by way too fast. I was told that college flies by, but never believed it. In the blink of an eye, I am already a senior. For all of the incoming freshmen, I would just like to share that, IT IS TRUE, TIME FLIES! I wish I had tried a few more things in college, such as joining the rugby team or looking into studying abroad a bit more. If ever you are hesitant to try something new, just give it a try. If you don’t, the opportunity may pass. Take everything in, and enjoy it!!

 

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