Minshan Li

Minshan Li

Minshan Li

Accounting / Rockville, MD

What made you decide to enroll at the University of Maryland?
The University of Maryland is not only close to home, which makes it convenient to visit my mother who is now living alone, but it also has an amazing business school. I was admitted to the Smith School of Business, which is honestly one of my biggest accomplishment considering I am the first to go to college on my mother's side of the family. I also visited the school my sophomore year of high school, which made me fall in love with the campus. I was also offered amazing financial aid, which I am beyond thankful for, and is the reason why I am here getting the education I need. Everything all the together only made my wish to attend the University of Maryland more.

What major/career path do you plan on pursuing and how did you select that path?
I am a business accounting major, and my hopes are to become a CPA post graduation. I selected the business path because my dad owns a small business, and so did my grandpa, so I felt a connection and a strong feeling towards the field. I wanted to continue this family tradition, and I also felt that if I stepped into this field, someone will have my back and will be able to guide and assist me in my future and life.

Activities I do outside of class or community service/volunteer activities I'm involved with:
I am involved in many clubs which include the National Chinese Honors Society, in which I hold the treasurer position. I was also a member of Senior Planning at my school, which is an exclusive and competitive club of 25 people. I also was the manager on the school's swim team for 2 years, forming amazing relationships with the team members. I enjoy every single activity I do as it builds my leadership skills as well as communication skills. I am also an enthusiastic volunteer, graduating high school with student service learning hours, receiving an award not only from my high school, but also the company I volunteered at for volunteering over 250 hours in a year at their company.

Which programs are you enrolled in, and what have you gained from your experience in them thus far?
I am enrolled in the Business, Society, and Economy Program in the Scholars Program at the University of Maryland. Our first service day was at the nonprofit A Wider Circle where we organized and packed backpacks for kids in families with unstable financial statuses. I learned to be thankful for all that I have, and it sounds very cliche however it has made me realize that society isn't all that I can see but much more. I hope to gain more valuable experiences like such in my program to expand my knowledge on more things.

Aside from academics, what else do you hope to take away from your time at Maryland?
I hope to not only take away as much knowledge as possible from my classes and professors, but to also network during my time here, and form great relationships with my classmates and peers. Building strong relationships is an important part of life, and provides the ability to not only help others but also to receive help.

What are your future goals after graduation?
Before graduation I hope to get an internship relating my major and future job preference, so when I graduate, I can hopefully land a job I love in the field I desire given the experience I have.

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