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The U of I has provided me a diverse environment on campus, so that I gain a solid understanding of culture, globalization, and teamwork abilities. Experience with the U of I gave me courage to step into the real world outside of school, and it gave me an ability to balance work and life.

Profile: Yubing Shi

Undergraduate Student

With a fervent interest in economics and how its issues relate to society, Yubing Shi jumped at the opportunity to do a policy internship with the Association of American Universities in Washington D.C. She focuses on research topics related to international education, including Chinese undergraduate students in the U.S., the spread of online education worldwide, and various immigration issues. Yubing’s responsibilities are similar to those she hopes to perform in her future career.

“I want to work with people and help them improve life from either financial or cultural perspectives,” Yubing said. “The major of consumer economics perfectly aligns with my interests and future plans.”

Yubing’s internship presented her the chance to understand clearly what a day in her future career could involve.

“The most rewarding parts of my internship are the opportunities to get involved with the real political world on Capitol Hill, to deeply understand what public policy is by attending conferences and meetings, and to live in a city full of exciting events and intelligent people,” she said.

Back in Illinois, Yubing enjoys the vast pool of individuals and experiences the U of I offers to students.

“The U of I has provided me a diverse environment on campus, so that I gain a solid understanding of culture, globalization, and teamwork abilities,” Yubing said. “Experience with the U of I gave me courage to step into the real world outside of school, and it gave me an ability to balance work and life.”

Within the College of ACES community, Yubing has honed her interpersonal and quantitative skills through classwork and extracurricular experiences. The many opportunities for involvement are part of what makes the U of I a leading university for her.

“What make the U of I special is its openness to the world, its diversity, and its connections with companies,” she said. “We have hundreds of student organizations doing culture exchanges, business-related issues, sports, and anything you can think of.”

Yubing advises students in the college-application process to find a school that suits them by getting to know the campuses they are considering closely.

“I would suggest future students know their interests and research the college well, both its on-campus and off-campus programs,” Yubing said. “In the College of ACES, there are many majors of study covering many different areas in human nutrition, environmental sciences, and international studies. It is helpful to read the college website carefully and find the area most attractive to you.”