I was born in Tianjin, China and came over to the U.S. when I was one year old. After a few years in Florida, I moved to Atlanta, Georgia where I spent the majority of my childhood. I attended Duke University for my undergraduate education where I was a Biology and Psychology double major with a minor in Chemistry. Upon graduating, I decided to return to Atlanta and worked in the biotechnology industry. After a year, I transitioned into a position at the Center for Disease Control where I worked with nosocomial infections. At this point, I realized that I wanted to blend my interests in healthcare, business and technology, and decided to pursue a business degree. Around the same time, I had the opportunity to pursue a manager role in the music industry. This role was a drastic departure from my previous experiences and I thought of it as a great way to expand my skillset as well as participate in a completely new industry. The breadth of my work experience crosses several industries and has allowed me to adopt an interdisciplinary approach towards problems.
Growing up, I always knew that I wanted to be involved with the healthcare industry. When I was very young, I had a transformative experience that defined my academic pursuits and career aspirations. As I grew older, I merged my interests in technology and entrepreneurship with my passion for healthcare. As an MBA and Master of Healthcare Administration, my goal is to gain a better understanding of the regulatory environment and the relationships among the different groups that comprise the U.S. healthcare industry. Ultimately, I hope to create strategies and develop innovative solutions that will restructure the delivery of healthcare and lead to better health outcomes for patients. To that end, I am exploring opportunities across various industries because I believe healthcare is a multifaceted industry that requires interdisciplinary solutions utilizing best practices across multiple fields. In addition to my work in UNC Kenan-Flagler’s Healthcare Club, I am very involved in the local community. In particular, I am the Chief Revenue Officer and a care manager at SHAC, UNC’s student-run free clinic. In my role as a care manager, I work with uninsured patients to make sure that they get access to the resources and support they need to manage chronic conditions such as diabetes. This position is very important to me because it allows me to better understand the different perspectives of patients and how to change the system to increase efficiency and provide value to everyone.
When I was young, the library was my second home. I used to spend a lot of my time getting lost in the stacks and reading about various subjects. Now, I don’t have as much free time, but I still enjoy finding a quiet place and immersing myself in a book (I am old-school in the sense that I like to turn actual pages). Also, I enjoy spending time outside, surrounded by nature. I have an irrational fear of bears so overnight trips are out of the question, but I enjoy a good hike from time to time. Due to my interest in music and history, I enjoy visiting museums and going to concerts. I am even a classical music fan (there aren’t many in my age group). I consider myself a foodie and am always interested in trying new cuisines. Finally, I consider myself an early adopter and given unlimited resources I would have every new invention on the market no matter how frivolous.