Student Life & Leadership Example

November 2019

Section 1

November 2019 - Ashley Chen

An image of Ashley Chen, November 2019 Spotlight winner.

Name: Ashley Chen
"Life is a journey to be experienced, not a problem to be solved." — Pooh, Winnie the Pooh
: 4th
Major: Business Administration with an emphasis in Organization & Management
Hometown: Diamond Bar, CA

Involvements at UCI:

Active Member of Gamma Phi Beta (Sep 2019 - Present), Campus Contributor at Her Campus (Sep 2019 - Present), Intern at Women in Leadership (Jan 2018 - Jun 2018), Member at Undergraduate Business Association (Mar 2018 - Jun 2019), President of Anteater Ambassadors Network (Oct 2017-Present), President of Merage LEADS (Mar 2018-Present), Student Representative at Merage Undergraduate Student Association (Oct 2017 - May 2018), Undergraduate Research Assistant to Dr. Santagata (Sep 2019 - Present)

What are three words you would use to describe yourself?

Ambitious, Outgoing, Able

How have you grown as a leader during your time at UCI?

The first thing I did during my freshman year in both high school and college was excitedly run to the involvement fair to sign up for every single campus organization that slightly interested me. From a young age, I have always put my boundless energy and ambition into volunteering and developing leadership skills to help guide fellow peers and colleagues. Not only am I heavily involved in various clubs and organizations on campus, but I also take on leadership roles whenever I can. I love improving processes and creating a welcoming atmosphere for other students to pursue their passions and give back to their campus and community. Since my first year, I have taken upon the responsibilities of multiple leadership positions and board positions. It’s not just the titles I’ve picked up, but the skills and knowledge of being an effective leader people respect that I’ve learned throughout my three years at UCI.

What are you passionate about? Do you see yourself doing something with this passion in the future?

My passion for leadership, integrity, and customer satisfaction stem from my family background. My father has built his empire on the backbones of global trade, sales, and connections. My competitive nature and intense curiosity were harbored from watching my father grow his import/export auto parts business from scratch. The need to constantly innovate and discover creative solutions to never-ending problems pushed me to create better user and customer experiences. I will take my passions to start my own business in either international trade or hospitality and tourism in the future.

What is your life motto?

"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney
Walt Disney has always been one of my biggest inspirations. I’ve grown up with Disney characters in movies and shows; I went from being an annual passholder to a Cast Member because of it. Walt Disney has changed the world through entertainment and magic. Through this quote, I am inspired to work hard for what I want. With hardwork and determination, I will be able to accomplish anything I set my mind to.

What is something that you have learned in college that you would like to share with the other students at UCI?

Take every opportunity you can get! Sign up for every club and organization that even slightly interests you at the Involvement Fair! Apply for positions and get involved! You never know what you’re missing out on if you don’t try and grasp opportunities.