My name is Wendy Yu and I am a first-generation Chinese American student born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah.
My parents are from China and immigrated to the United States to provide me better opportunities to pursue the “American Dream”. I am a proud graduate of Granger High School in West Valley City.
While I was in high school, I was unsure if I would be able to attend college because of my financial situation. I knew I had to put in extra work to be able to afford college, so I applied to many scholarships, which helped me secure the money I needed for my education. I am currently a second-year student at the University of Utah double majoring in Marketing and Information Systems and I would like to share my experiences with you.
“My advice to current and future college students would be to find clubs or groups that will enhance your college experience.”
My advice to current and future college students would be to find clubs or groups that will enhance your college experience. It is important to get involved on your college campus and pursue activities that fit your diverse interests. For example, at the University of Utah, I am involved in a number of organizations:
- Women of Tomorrow, a group designed to celebrate diversity on college campuses, empower women, and connect students to a network of advocates.
- Asian American Student Association, an organization dedicated to celebrating Asian cultures and providing educational resources.
- TRIO, a program that helps first-generation college students achieve success in higher education.
- In the School of Business, I’m involved with Business Scholars, Opportunity Scholars, and First Ascent Scholars. Together, these programs expose me to real-world business practices and help me through scholarships, mentor guidance, volunteer opportunities, and more.
“I have learned that staying involved opens up more opportunities to network with professionals, students, and the community.”
I have learned that staying involved opens up more opportunities to network with professionals, students, and the community. For example, in the business scholars program, I had the opportunity to travel to Chicago, Illinois to visit companies such as Bane and Co. and Gatorade to network with the company executives and learn about the business.
If you’re interested in attending the University of Utah, hopefully this gives you a few ideas of clubs you can join. If you’re interested in going elsewhere, be sure to research the organizations on your college campus that can help you succeed and grow.
“I believe that college is the next step to gaining new experiences, perspectives, and skills that will prepare me to be anything I want in my future career while serving my community.”
I believe that college is the next step to gaining new experiences, perspectives, and skills that will prepare me to be anything I want in my future career while serving my community. Starting at a young age, I have always strived to do my best in everything I do to prepare for college so I can pursue my goals and aspirations – this helped me find the success I am enjoying today, and working hard can help guide you toward your goals, too. I want to remind you that anything is possible as long as you are willing to work and you will be unstoppable.