I am sincerely grateful to Jesse for not only providing the chance to experience high-quality education while doing socially useful and personally fulfilling work, but also the confidence and freedom to pursue our most daring dreams.

Tell us about your work placement experience.

I work as a student services assistant at the Asian Culture Center (ACC) and help coordinate daily events discussing and raising awareness about topics such as Asian American and Pacific Islander history, identity, racial justice, mental health, etc.

What is something you have learned through your work?

An incredibly diverse group of people from all walks of life visit the ACC and working here has taught me how to listen to their stories and keep an open, welcoming mind.

How will being a part of the Cox Scholars Program help you in the future?

Being a Cox Scholar has been incredibly freeing. The program has allowed me to prioritize school/work and focus on growing personally and professionally. I have been able to create so many meaningful connections with the administration and my fellow Cox Scholars; knowing that I have such a supportive group of people to back me motivates me to keep trying my best.

What is your favorite memory as a Cox Scholar?

Going to Bradford Woods with other Legacy Scholars was definitely one of my favorite Cox experiences! We ziplined, swapped stories over a bonfire, and stayed up late into the night just talking. It was wonderful to really get to know my peers better—to forge new friendships and strengthen existing ones.

What do you do outside of the Cox Scholars Program?

Outside of the program, I like to sample new teas, play badminton, and read. I also really enjoy practicing yoga and going to the classical music concerts hosted by the Jacobs School of Music with my friends.