Name: Ruby Chen
Position: VP Marketing
Year: 3rd year
Specialization: Marketing & BTM
Why did you join CMP?
Coming from a small highschool on Vancouver Island, I was under-prepared for Sauder. I failed the first round of midterms – getting below 50% for ECON 101, MATH 184 and even the first COMM 101 assignment (yeah). But I got a scholarship at the end because of the support I got from some generous Sauderites, so I want to give back.
Which course have you enjoyed the most at UBC?
All the Psychology courses! We talk about academic “success” and you might focus on the GPA…but please don’t. Explore different electives. Choose outstanding profs. Don’t turn down your curiosity. You’ll see how interconnected all the disciplines are and you’ll have so much to talk about!
What is your favourite food?
Taiwanese shaved ice.
What do you do outside of class?
Before university, I was an award-winning pastry chef. I also love watching Ted Talks, reading neuroscience/psychology studies, browsing through Pinterest for great designs/food photos/quotes and just stay addicted to social media (FB 24/7). I LOVE ice cream.
Work experience wise, I did my first Co-op work term at the Business Career Centre (strange I know, but awesome), I’m now on my 2nd term, working at Mitacs, and will be doing my 3rd term in Hong Kong, from Sept 2015- Apr 2016!
What’s your favorite quote?
“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
What advice would you give to first year students?
Be curious, listen to your heart, don’t just follow the crowd. Whether it’s choosing an elective, applying to club positions, choosing a specialization or joining Co-op – do talk to people and get advice, but make decisions based on what’s right for you. Most importantly: get outside of your comfort zone and never give up! You’re with some brilliant people here, there will be competition, failures and pressure, but that’s how resilience is built!