MENTOR, TUTOR, INVESTOR.

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Joyce. Science.

You’re majoring in financial engineering. Sounds fascinating – what exactly is it?!

It's a combination of all my favourite subjects – finance, economics, computer science, mathematics, and statistics. It’s about designing and developing financial products, as well as forecasting market movements. I'm very interested in investing and trading. I had an internship with ANZ this summer and I’m hoping it will lead me into banking and the investment sector. At the moment I'm trying simulated trading before I start committing real funds!

What your favourite thing about being a UC student?

Everyone’s so nice. Not just the other students, but the lecturers as well. They always go out of their way to help you if you have questions or if you need extra help on assignments. UC is a very friendly place. The class often join up on social media and meet up for group study, so you don’t feel like you’re in it by yourself. You're always supported by the people around you.

Speaking of support, you’re offering some yourself?

I am! I'm a course tutor, a class representative, a notetaker for the equity and disability service, and this year I’m a mentor too. Helping people is something I am very passionate about. I love making a positive difference in people’s lives and putting my skills to good use.

What else have you been up to on campus?

I've joined Women in Business and the Investment Society. It's great having clubs that match my interests. Women in Business had an event called A Day at the Markets last year, where we acted as traders and traded items like bananas and cupcakes. It was so much fun, I absolutely loved it! Me and my friend were the runner-up duo and we won a day in the BNZ Christchurch office.

"I had an internship with ANZ this summer and I’m hoping it will lead me into banking and the investment sector. At the moment I'm trying simulated trading before I start committing real funds!"

How has getting involved in clubs helped you as a person?

Getting involved in clubs has definitely boosted my confidence. Back in high school I was always afraid to do anything by myself, I only did things that my friends were also doing. But now, I feel perfectly comfortable going to events by myself and meeting new people there. A lot of people do things on their own here. There's nothing to be scared of!

And you plan to start a club of your own?

Yes, next year I want to start up a club that encompasses all Asian nationalities. At the moment there are different clubs for each specific Asian nationality, but I’d like to help bring us together. I'm excited to get it set up because I don't think UC currently has anything like that yet.

What inspired you to do that?

Mai Chen, a BNZ Board Director, mentioned that only 5% of top 100 NZX companies had any Asians on their board. With this club, I want to give Asians a greater sense of belonging and confidence, so we can feel encouraged and empowered to take on leadership roles and give back to New Zealand too. It's relatively easy to set up a club. We work with UCSA to get it set up and find 20 people interested in joining the club.

Overall, how do you feel for having come to UC?

Best decision yet. The people are amazing, the atmosphere is really friendly and there’s so much to explore. I feel very blessed to be here.