HS Chau Foundation Scholar
Our Lady of Perpetual Succor Global Scholar
Post-graduation Plan: Business Analyst, McKinsey & Company, Chicago
Field(s) of Study: Economics, Spanish
High School: Shenzhen College of International Education
My name is Xinhui Hong, and I am from Dongguan, Guangdong. At Notre Dame, I majored in Economics and Spanish.
Through the Greater China Scholars Program and Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program, I have been inspired by the brightest and most kind-hearted people to explore my various interests across different fields.
In my first semester at Notre Dame, I joined Take Ten, a volunteer teaching program educating school children on conflict resolution and violence prevention. I spent the summer after my first year in Quito, Ecuador, working with UBECI, a non-profit organization committed to serving underprivileged children and their families. Summer after sophomore year, I interned in Chicago for Empower Illinois, a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships for low-income children.
Throughout the academic years, outside of class, I have devoted my time to leading a consulting project in the Student International Business Council, facilitating a Christian fellowship group for Iron Sharpens Iron, conducting economic research with Professor Chloe Gibbs, and interning at the Office of Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
In addition, I have been a language tutor at the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures and a legal associate for Jubilee Initiative for Financial Inclusion (JIFFI), a nonprofit that provides low interest loans to members of the South Bend community. As an International Ambassador and member of Student Government, I have also been actively involved in organizing cultural activities and promoting student wellbeing.
To further develop my mastery of Spanish and enhance my knowledge of South America, I spent a semester at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica in Santiago, Chile, one of the largest and most prestigious universities in Latin America. In addition, I spent a semester in Washington, D.C., where I gained a better understanding of the role of politics through my classes and internship.
I am currently working for McKinsey & Company in Chicago as a business analyst. As I explore the professional world, I hope to carry forward my precious undergraduate experience at Notre Dame to explore and discover how I may use my education to serve greater causes.
Post-graduation plan: Software Engineer, Bloomberg, New York
Field(s) of study: Computer Science
High School: Tianjin No.1 High School
At Notre Dame, I dived into many academic activities including research, internships and computer competitions such as ACM ICPC. The research projects I have been engaged in are very interdisciplinary, such as the application of computer vision in medical imaging and machine learning in social behaviors. These experiences not only deepened my problem solving skills and my understanding and interests in technology, but also helped me develop friendships with my classmates and co-workers who have helped me a lot along the journey.
Outside the classroom, I became a member of the Marching Band in the first year to develop my interest in saxophone performance and to experience the sport culture at Notre Dame. More recently, I am involved in practicing different kinds of instruments such as percussion and guitar.
In the summer of my junior year, I interned at Bloomberg as a software engineer. It has been a great learning experience for me. It also convinced me to return to Bloomberg after graduation, where I can pursue something more challenging and unpredictable.
Apart from those, I also enjoyed the dorm life and the great liberal arts courses that Notre Dame offers.
Post-graduation plan: Markets Analyst, Citi Group, New York
Field(s) of study: Economics, ACMS
High School: Chengdu Foreign Language School, Chengdu
At Notre Dame, I had the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities focusing on my personal interests as well as career development. I was involved in residence hall activities, including organizing our hall’s iconic annual donation event. I feel closer to the Notre Dame community by participating in these love and giving themed events.
Through Notre Dame International, I was able to find an amazing internship at IBM Shanghai during my sophomore year. I assisted the University Relations team with their strategic implementation and had the opportunity to take part in an internal consulting project targeting the company’s internal training system.
I conducted two SIBC (Student International Business Council) projects during my sophomore and junior year. SIBC collaborates with leading firms in different industries to facilitate students’ understanding and learning about how the workplace looks like and how to think like a professional. I learned a lot by doing the case studies with the companies. I also gained valuable insights and inspiring feedback through communication with alumni from those firms.
I spent my junior year spring semester in Singapore. I studied at the National University of Singapore. It was a great semester in Singapore. I really enjoyed living in such a diverse and vibrant country and the variety of options for courses.
In the past summer, I interned at Citi in New York City where I spent three months as a Sales & Trading summer analyst. I learned a lot at Citi by shadowing full-time analysts, completing personal and group projects, and participating in a series of lunch-and-learn sessions. I received the return offer and will join Citi as a full-time analyst after graduation.
Post-graduation Plan: Master of Science in Computational Finance, Carnegie Mellon University, New York.
Field(s) of Study: Business Analytics, ACMS
High School: High School Affiliated to Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai
At Notre Dame, I am a member of the Chinese Student and Scholar Association. During the freshman year, I performed as part of a fashion show in Asian Allure, which provided me an opportunity to learn more about different cultures.
I was an international ambassador at the International Students and Scholars Affairs (ISSA) office. I assisted in organizing the Welcome Weekend for incoming international freshmen and hosting monthly social events with various interesting themes. It has been a wonderful experience working with peers from different parts of the world. As a member of the International Student Advisory Board, I facilitated organizing career panels and coffee chats for international students.
I spent my summer enrichment award on the London summer study abroad program. It is by far the most interesting and fascinating six weeks in my college life. I took a course featuring the London Theatre, which gave me an opportunity to watch at least 8 great musicals at different theatres in the city of London.
Moving on to the next stage of my life, I will be pursuing a Master of Science in Finance in New York.
Post-graduation Plan: Foodnext (Media), Taipei, Taiwan
Field(s) of Study: English Language and Literature
High School: Kaohsiung American School, Kaosiung
My name is Ashley and I completed my bachelor’s degree in English Literature in January. I am from Kaohsiung, Taiwan and lived in Pasquerilla West Hall.
During my first two years at Notre Dame, I wrote regularly for the university magazine, The Scholastic, covering a wide array of topics from college football to student politics. I have enjoyed serving as the assistant news editor for the publication sophomore year and be more involved with campus affairs as well as pursuing my journalistic interests. I was also an executive member for the Taiwanese Club in the hope to raise cultural awareness and appreciation for campus diversity.
I spent my junior year abroad at New College, University of Oxford, where I had very rigorous but rewarding in-depth discussion on my favourite authors and works with world-class leading academics, a rare privilege. At Oxford, I contributed to Cherwell, Oxford’s Independent Student Paper, attended debates at the Oxford Union and met many inspiring people through cultural societies.
I had the fortune of studying abroad at Notre Dame’s London Global Gateway in summer 2016 thanks to the generosity of the GCS program; I was awed by the literary scenes in the English capital and developed an interest to pursue further studies or employment in the U.K. In summer 2017, I interned with Reporters Without Borders, an international NGO that conducts advocacy for press freedom, a cause I am deeply concerned with as an aspiring journalist. This past summer, I reviewed literary manuscripts as a publishing intern at Rogers, Coleridge and White, an established literary agency in Nottinghill, London.
As the official student writer for the College of Arts and Letters, I sought out, interviewed and published stories on students who have done incredible work.
Post-graduation Plan: Investment Banking Analyst, Bank of WAmerica, Palo Alto
Field(s) of Study: Finance, ACMS, International Business
High School: Affiliated High School of Peking University, Beijing
At Notre Dame, I was actively involved in a number of extracurricular activities. Because of my interest in international law and politics, I was an International Scholar with the Kellogg Institute, and was on my faculty mentor, Professor Emilia Powell’s research team since freshman year. My interest in news and politics also led me to explore news writing as a news writer and columnist for the Observer, as well as parliamentary debate as a member of the Notre Dame Debate Team. I also worked as a writing consultant at the university writing center as I enjoyed the constant intellectual sparks generated from the interactions in the sessions. I was also actively involved in the Student International Business Council, and the experiences have strongly enhanced my presentation and interpersonal skills.
Professionally, I have a strong interest in investment, non-profit and startup space. The summer after my freshman year, cosponsored by the Greater China Scholars program and the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian studies, I conducted independent research comparing charity funding systems in the US and China. Because of my interest in investing and startups, I spent my entire sophomore year and the summer interning as an investment analyst at a venture capital firm called IrishAngels. These experiences have confirmed my interest in the intersection of technology and finance and I will head to Silicon Valley to work as an investment banking analyst for the Bank of America after graduation.
I am still excited for the opportunity to be both intellectually and mentally challenged at Notre Dame, and look forward to those new opportunities ahead of me. I believe my experience at Notre Dame will be a life-long enriching one, and I am truly grateful to learn, fail, and grow at such an outstanding community.
Post-graduation Plan: Master of Architecture, Southern California Institute of Architecture, Los Angeles
Field(s) of Study: Architecture
High School: Ningbo Xiaoshi High School, Ningbo
Notre Dame has offered me many opportunities to dive into my major. Thanks to the School of Architecture’s Study Abroad Program in Rome last year, I walked the whole city of Rome following professors who knew Italy by heart. I also visited many other European countries during breaks and deepened my understanding of classical architecture. During last summer, I interned at ADAM Architecture in Winchester, UK, and learned about practicing classical architecture in the real world. People at the firm told me my active participation in various school activities prepared me well for the internship.
In my freshman year, with the sponsor of GCS summer enrichment funding, I did independent research about the influence of Daoism on Chinese Garden and the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. With the experience as a computer consultant at Bond Hall's computer lab, I worked well in the architecture library during the sophomore year. I participated in the “Building South Bend” and “Campus Tactile Mapping” architecture projects, joined student groups including Design for America and Frank Montana Sketch Club, making my life at Notre Dame interesting and fulfilling.
Outside of architecture, I also explored new interests at Notre Dame. I took Japanese classes since the sophomore year and attended the International Christian University Summer Language Program in Tokyo, sponsored by the GCS program. I hold great passion in Japanese culture and will continue my Japanese study towards a Japanese minor.