Class of 2020
Currently Studying :
Member of :
- Asian Student UnionPace MartCelentano Scholarship RecipientBrand Marketing Team
"During my college search, I read about internships many Lubin alumni credited to campus involvement. Shortly after arriving on the Pleasantville campus, I found Lubin's Center for Student Enterprise, the hub for student-run businesses. Being part of this unique organization has exposed me to valuable experiences that have developed my career and leadership skills."
– Sammi Li, Class of 2020
Meet Sammi Li '20, a senior majoring in Advertising and Integrated Marketing Communications. Sammi isn't graduating without leaving her mark on campus. She has made great impact as the General Manager of Pace Mart and as a member of Ad Team, but her professional development isn't all that fuels her. Deeply connected to her Asian roots, Sammi founded the Asian Student Union on the Pleasantville campus, which is a booming student organization. We talked to Sammi about her study abroad experience as she embarked on a faculty-led trip to Malaysia and Singapore las winter.
Why did you choose Pace University and the Lubin School of Business?
I chose Pace because of its dedication to helping students find career opportunities beyond college. During my college search, I read about internships many Lubin alumni credited to campus involvement. Shortly after arriving on the Pleasantville campus, I found Lubin's Center for Student Enterprise, the hub for student-run businesses. Being part of this unique organization has exposed me to valuable experiences that have developed my career and leadership skills.
Why did you choose to study abroad in Malaysia and Singapore?
As an Asian-American, I have strong pride in East Asian culture, which influenced me to start the Asian Student Union on campus. I had not visited Asia prior to the trip, let alone traveled abroad before, so I felt no better place to start than in Singapore and Malaysia – and get credit for class, of course!
Although you were abroad for a short period, what was your most memorable experience?
My most memorable experience was going to the Batu Caves on our last day in Malaysia. After concluding our company visits at Samsung's Kuala Lumpur office where we heard from human resource managers about company culture in Malaysia, my classmates and I took the train over to Selangor to see the iconic Hindu temple. Dressed in business attire, in 90-degree weather and 100% humidity, we climbed up the 272 steps to the top of the cave. Despite the wearying journey and being surrounded by monkeys on the way up, the Batu Caves were a must-see destination and the best way to end our study abroad trip.
Any advice for Lubin students who are looking to study abroad?
Do it! Take advantage of the opportunities and resources that Pace has to offer while you are still a student. Field studies are a great way to immerse yourself in a new culture and learn about business from a different perspective. Also, apply for the study abroad scholarships that Lubin has to offer!
What does #LubinLife mean to you?
To me, #LubinLife means perseverance—to work with dedication and use obstacles as an opportunity for growth. There is no doubt that college has its highs and lows, but it's how you come out on the other side that matters most. Through Lubin, I've met friends and professors who have become my support system, both personally and professionally. If I had to restart my college career, I'd still choose the #LubinLife.