It’s hard to fathom that I’m entering my final year at BC. It feels like not too long ago, I was grabbing my morning croissant & milk and watching the Newton bus pull away a minute before my class began. But here I am, finally taking the class that I’ve heard so much about since my very first day at BC in Computers in Management with Gallaugher. I’m truly excited about everything this class has to offer and to meet all of my fellow classmates who are looking to pursue the same interests.
This is me. My name is Anthony Zhao; I’m a senior studying marketing and information systems. You’ll probably see me around campus either repping Synergy, my dance team, or annoying people about Amazon Prime (I’m going to be a student ambassador next year). I’m from Montgomery, NJ (Central Jersey), but I was born in Montreal, Quebec. I’ve also lived in Shanghai, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.
This summer I’ve had the incredible opportunity of interning at TripAdvisor. Although I was on a team that I wasn’t particularly thrilled about joining (ie. sales enablement), I have learned a lot through the experience and would love to share it with anyone interested in learning more, especially about the perks of working there: free cold brew, massages, lunches, beer on tap (only if you’re 21!), and snacks. It was also a really interesting change of pace working for a company that employed over 3000 people after interning at 2 companies that employed just 150 (Jebbit) and 5 (WorkOf)!
I was also very lucky to be able to study abroad in Hong Kong last fall semester. I can say it was one of the best experiences of my life and would recommend it to anyone who has the opportunity to study abroad. It’s an incredible city that helped me become more comfortable with being uncomfortable. Hong Kong is also a gastronomic paradise that will guarantee that your semester will be bulking-season whether you like it or not. I love cooking and have recently been exploring and experimenting with Asian fusion (eg. miso carbonara, habanero stir fry).
Taking computer science 1 my freshman year completely reinvented how I looked at technology. Realizing that every single innovation is built off of if-then statements and 1s and 0s helped me better understand how technology is created and just how limitless it can be. Over the past years, I’ve been more and more interested in the rise (and fall) of tech companies. I’m taking this class because it’s a one-of-a-kind opportunity, and because I want to learn more about the cultures of different companies, I’d like to build relationships, and I want to learn more about the role of technology in our society.
If anyone ever wants to grab a coffee or a meal (especially if you have meal plan!) I’m always interested!