Hometown

Shenzhen, China

Path

A transfer student from Bryant Zhuhai discovers a campus that now feels like home.

Since Bryant Zhuhai opened in 2015, nearly 100 students have transferred from China to Smithfield. In May, Ying Wang '19 will be among the first group of Bryant Zhuhai students who have studied for two years at each campus to graduate from Bryant.

“I wake up every day and think how amazing it is that I get the chance to do things that I would have no opportunity to do in traditional Chinese schools,” like taking courses in design thinking, said Wang. Experiences that enhanced her teamwork and communication skills "were very valuable,” the Accounting and Economics major noted.

As a Bryant Zhuhai sophomore, Wang traveled to Smithfield through the Sophomore International Experience program. It was her first trip to the United States, and she fell in love with the Bryant community. “It was so beautiful and you could feel the atmosphere of being in a home,” she says.

Her transition as a transfer student to Bryant was smooth thanks to University resources such as the Academic Center for Excellence and the U.S.-China Institute.  

“The peer tutors at the Academic Center for Excellence are willing to provide any help and any advice they can to support international students when they first come to campus,” she said. “The U.S.-China Institute also makes sure to celebrate our own festivals and events on campus, which really makes it feel like home.”

Their guidance helped her so much that she joined both organizations as a student worker. As a peer tutor at the Academic Center for Excellence, she assists new international students. She also is a major project coordinator with the U.S.-China Institute, planning events around campus.

Academically, she has thrived as well, making Dean’s List every semester that she has been at Bryant. Wang was part of the winning team of the Target Competition, which asks students to devise a creative solution for the retail giant and present a financial analysis. Wang’s team programmed Bryant’s humanoid robot, and presented a proposal, complete with a cost and benefit analysis, to use the robot to sell children’s apparel in Target stores.

After she receives her undergraduate degree, Wang will stay at Bryant to receive her Master of Professional Accountancy.

Real World Experience

Internships

E-Bond Technology LLC, Accounting Intern
• Responsible for filing tax returns to national and local tax authorities for the company, including value-added taxes, employee's payroll tax, urban construction tax, and surtax for education expenses

Academic Competitions

Bryant University Target Competition, BUS400 Business Policy
• Her team was among 50 to compete.
• Team presented two creative solutions: a trade-in program, and a virtual artist system to four Target judges
• Team won first place and $2,000 award

Leadership

Major Project Coordinator- U.S.-China Institute
• Responsible for all background music arrangement for 2018 & 2019 Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration
• As a team leader, participated in event planning

Mentoring

Peer Tutor, Academic Center of Excellence
• Provided guidance and assistance to students in Accounting, Management and Economics

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