From Japan to New York via Barcelona

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Aishna Kumar

Class of 2022
BBA in Digital Marketing with a Minor in Business Analysis

Member of: Dean’s List, Pforzheimer Honors College, American Marketing Association

Why did you choose Pace University and the Lubin School of Business?

While completing my college applications, my sister, a Lubin graduate, insisted that I apply to Pace University. She praised Lubin and the Pforzheimer Honors College. During my research on Pace, Lubin’s efforts to ensure students are ready for the real world really stood out to me; I looked forward to taking advantage of the various career development and personal branding opportunities offered by Pace.

I believe choosing Pace was one of the best decisions I’ve made. Not only is Pace located in the most diverse city, but it’s also where every business student dreams of building their career. During my time at Pace, I benefited from an environment and a support system that allowed me to maintain a balance between my academic, social and professional life.

Tell us a bit about your status as an international student at Pace.

As an international student, I came from Japan to the United States with very little knowledge of the culture and had to adapt quickly to a completely new country while figuring out how to make a smooth transition to a university. The warm welcome and support from Pace staff made it very easy to feel at home, even when I was away from home. At Pace, I met my closest friends from around the world as part of the international student orientation during my freshman year. Overall, Pace’s efforts to celebrate different cultural holidays made me feel much more in touch with my culture.

How has the Pforzheimer Honors College benefited you?

Pforzheimer Honors College has provided me with a tight-knit community and I have been able to surround myself with peers who are just as driven to succeed as I am. This community pushed me to do better and to become better by putting me in competition with myself rather than with others. With the support of the specialized program staff, I have always felt comfortable in times of stress and panic, whether during enrollment season or when I have study-related inconveniences.

What was your favorite opportunity offered at Pace?

I spontaneously decided to study abroad in Barcelona during the Spring 2020 semester, and although the pandemic cut short my time in Barcelona, ​​it was one of the most life changing experiences I have had. I would highly recommend Lubin students to consider studying abroad because as business students it is so important to be able to adapt to new environments and interact with people from different backgrounds. different. Studying abroad will not only help you develop these skills, but will also leave you with unforgettable memories.

Do you have any advice for Lubin students?

Make the most of your time at Pace by stepping out of your comfort zone and exploring your potential. There are so many clubs, networking events and workshops offered at Pace that can help you develop your professional skills as well as your personal brand. Connect with other students and nurture a good relationship with your professors because one day they may be able to tell you about a potential opportunity.

In my freshman year, my BUS 101 teacher and the Career Services Resume Workshop helped me land my first internship. During my second year, I studied abroad in Barcelona, ​​where I was able to not only challenge myself, but also develop transferable skills. In my freshman year, I worked to get certifications online and landed my dream internship at Nike in Tokyo. In my senior year, I became the Chief Communications Coordinator for Pace’s student chapter of the American Marketing Association.

Your time here is the best time for you to try new things, and this is when you will have great opportunities and resources, so make the most of it!

Through the resources and opportunities offered by Lubin, I was able to push myself to my highest potential and expand my personal and professional network. With Lubin’s constant encouragement to help students grow and succeed, I feel ready to step into the real world as a professional.

What does #LubinLife mean to you?

#LubinLife for me means opportunity. At Lubin, I have been surrounded by so many talented and motivated students who have so much to offer, as well as highly qualified and well-connected teachers who are always there to provide support and guidance. Through the resources and opportunities offered by Lubin, I was able to push myself to my highest potential and expand my personal and professional network. With Lubin’s constant encouragement to help students grow and succeed, I feel ready to step into the real world as a professional.

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