Hi all! Hope everyone’s year is off to a great start!
My name is Jingjing Liang, which means twinkle star or shiny crystal in Mandarin Chinese, but I go by Jenny. I was born and raised in Suzhou, China, a beautiful place less than an hour drive from Shanghai. A fun fact: I started to learned Mandarin in first grade, before then, I only spoke Shanghainese, one of the major regional dialects.
I came to Marietta, Georgia when I was a sophomore in high school. My parents stayed in China while I lived with an American host family for all three years of high school. My host family has the biggest heart; they took me in as their own and have always supported me. I go back and visit them every Thanksgiving; they are my family in the US. My time here has undoubtedly added a strong American influence on my identity. I have so much to say about studying and living in a foreign country, and I seriously encourage everyone who is even slightly considering studying abroad to go. Living abroad is such a transformative experience, and you will love it!
At BC, I am a sophomore concentrating in Information Systems and Finance. During the past semester, I was Information Systems professor Ransbothem’s research assistant to help with his research on management security, and I will be his teaching assistant for Business Analytics next semester. As a member of Consult Your Community, a student-run consulting group on campus, my team worked closely with a BC start-up, Darkroom, a platform aiming to empower photographers and artists. It is always inspiring to see passionate BC students and alums to turn their vision into a reality.
I don’t do much sport, but I love cycling. When I was in China, I would go on long distance rides with my dad, ranging from 30 miles to 50 miles. I went on the bike marathon last spring with Bike BC. It was my first time to bike in a hilly area, challenging but very rewarding. I love going to sports games though. My American family’s dad is originally from Boston, and he certainly made me a New England/Boston sports fan. I’ve seen Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins play. The next item on my wish list is to see Patriots!
I listen to all kinds of music, and I am a concert frenetic (and consequentially broke). The past year was a blast for me as I was lucky enough to see Coldplay, Billy Joel, and Ed Sheeran. I also enjoy classic performances in the midst of finals. I have been to Boston Ballet both winters, and hopefully, I get to go to Boston Symphony sometime soon.
Maybe you wouldn’t believe it, but I first heard about TechTrek West at a BC alum reception when I was still a high school senior. Immediately, I was very intrigued by the unique opportunity to immerse oneself in the tech world in Silicon Valley and to have face-to-face conversations with leaders from both established companies and start-ups. As time passed, I became more and more interested in exploring how business and technology blend together. My internship with Deloitte Advisory last summer gave me a focused perspective. I think TechTrek can provide a broader perspective. Especially, I am excited to hear about the journeys these leaders undertook as well as their outlooks on the technology industry. I also want to see how the Californian ambiance shapes the culture of the companies. I am so excited to get to know you all, and I cannot wait to go on the visit!
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