Introduction

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!

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My American family and I after BC – Notre Dame game.

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!

As a dog person, my favorite meme is…

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3 thoughts on “Introduction

  1. Good introduction. I’m very impressed that you chose to live in the US with a host family in High School. That says alot about your independence! I look forward to getting to know you during the semester and on the trip!

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  2. What a great experience to go to high school in a different country! I lived with a host family over the summer in Paris, so I can imagine how close you would have become after 3 years. Even though this class is about West Coast tech, I would love to hear more from you about the tech culture in China and Suzhou specifically. I’ve done some research on how Chinese tech has evolved differently, so it would be fascinating to hear your perspective.

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  3. First of all, I’ve got to say that I love your meme so much! It seems like a lot of our past experience overlap yet differ! (I’m so jealous you got to go to Coldplay concert) I also lived with my host family in Charleston for a year, and I can’t wait to have a talk with you about your experience living with your host family.

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