It is not too late to chase my dream. I am Naomi Lin from Taiwan, the island of Formosa. I have worked for a nonprofit organization as a public relations specialist for many years, which provides service for women and girls who suffer domestic violence. I was responsible for planning and managing events, interviewing, and relationship management. I have accomplished various achievements with my coworkers. For instance, the United Nations has declared International Day of the Girl Child that is an international observance day since October 11th, 2012. My previous employer, coworkers and I planned series events and a campaign regarding building Taiwanese girls’ day. Our purpose is to eliminate gender violence and discrimination and empower girls. We invited young girls to participate in events. We also lobbied legislators and the government to declare our own girls’ day. We were successful in achieving this goal in 2013.
My previous employer had lots of energy and came out with fantastic ideas all the time. She always encouraged me to learn new technology, strategy creation, and management. I wish I can be a great and effective leader one day. That’s why I am studying at the MBA program at Clemson University. As I am the first child studying abroad in my family, my parents felt loss and worried about me if I encountered any problems and they couldn’t help me right away. However, I’m thriving and glad I decided to choose Clemson.
I still remember when I arrived in the GSP Airport on the first day. It was a late evening because my flight was delayed. The person who was to pick me up did not show up. At that moment, I felt anxious because of this unexpected event. Then I remembered I had the person’s contact information who was supposed to pick me up. He immediately resolved my dilemma for me. After dealing with this challenge, I have courage to face any difficulties in my new life here. I am extremely appreciative of my parents for trusting me and supporting my dream.
I have been in Greenville since 2015. I really love this beautiful city full of nice people. At school, I have learned knowledge and skills, such as marketing strategy, finance, accounting, management and leadership. My hope is to gain hands-on experience, to learn problem-solving and entrepreneurship. I look forward to applying this knowledge to a future job. I would like to stay in the United States after graduation. I will look for a full-time marketing, communication or public relations job. My long-term dream is to open a restaurant serving gourmet Taiwanese or Indian cuisine in the future.
Greenville Chamber has a good reputation and has helped many businesses. I am fortunate to be interning with the Greenville Chamber. I am learning about business acumen, and am getting exposed to different opportunities and projects. I am enjoying meeting many diverse owners and building a network. When I heard the Greenville Chamber’s Diversity and Inclusion department was looking for an intern for its Minority Business Accelerator Program working closely with the Greenville Chamber’s MBA program administrator, instructor, participants, and MBA Advisory Council, I was excited to apply. The internship experience is an excellent opportunity for me. I am truly thankful Dr. Nika White, Senior Advisor for Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives, gave me this chance to serve. The Chamber staff members are all very kind and welcomed me to the team. I feel at home and want to contribute great things to the organization during this year long internship.
During leisure time, I love hiking, jogging, music concerts, and watching movies. I recently learned how to cook, but am not ready to participate in any pot luck dinners any time soon. I can’t wait to see where my new journey takes me.