Hospitality and Tourism Management major
Tell us why you chose Purdue University for your undergraduate education.
I chose Purdue because it has a very good academic reputation. It is also located in a safe and beautiful town.
How would you describe the faculty and staff in the College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS)?
HHS faculty and staff are friendly and knowledgeable. They have been helpful in answering questions about my courses and career goals. As a dual major student, it can be challenging to register for courses, or change study plans. My advisor has been supportive and has assisted me in every possible way to help me achieve my goals.
What advice would you give international students who are about to start their first year at Purdue?
I would definitely suggest exploring the area as much as possible. There are a lot of fun activities and a variety of events both on and off campus. I also suggest they try to visit different places during school breaks; there are a lot of great destinations in the United States. Do not be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Take advantage of opportunities such as studying abroad or participating in a competition. Make friends and enjoy your college life.
What is your favorite thing about Purdue?
My favorite thing about Purdue is its cultivating environment. It encourages you to discover who you truly are and to become who you really want to become.
Tell us about some of your activities at Purdue.
I, along with Purdue alumna Haiyun Wang, coordinated the first-ever case-study competition in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM). In this role, I had the opportunity to communicate with a variety of people, and I gained a lot of event management experience. Moreover, it increased my understanding of case study competitions, especially from the perspective of organizer rather than participant.
The opportunity to co-host the case-study competition helped me to better understand how working on real-life cases can help improve the analytical and problem-solving skills of students. The solutions presented by each student team focused on specific aspects they considered most important, and I was greatly inspired by their insights.
I have always enjoyed participating in case-study competitions. I wanted to “give back” by providing others with the same opportunity I have had to improve my skills and learn new ones. My career goal is to be a consultant, so the opportunity to plan and manage HTM’s first-ever case study competition really helped to enhanced my leadership and communication skills to better prepare me for my future career.