Name: Simon Wang
Major: Finance MIS HTC
Graduation date (exp): Spring 2020
Involvement on campus: Select Leaders, Chinese Language Association, Thai Language Association, International Speech Tutor, Pepsi Scholars Program
Hometown: Mountpelier, Ohio
What made you want to get involved in the Pepsi Scholar Program?
I was able to talk to last year’s Pepsi Scholars and I got along with them really well which made me want to apply. I also wanted to get involved on campus and develop my leadership skills. Being involved in this program and others has helped me meet more people, which is great because no one from my high school came to OU.
What has been your favorite/most memorable part about being a Pepsi Scholar?
I’ve been able to develop my professional skills and network with professionals and Ohio University alumni. I’m also really looking forward to the New York trip we’re taking soon.
What advice can you give to future Pepsi Scholars?
Aim higher than what you think you’re capable of. Last spring my friend and I started a business online and through my networks at the CLDC and OU, we were able to get a lot of advice as we started our business.
I was able to use these connections to get an internship in San Francisco at HeartFlow as a finance intern, which was where we were going to launch our business. The internship helped me support myself financially while I was there which was really important.
It’s also important to surround yourself with good people that push you to your full potential.
Can you talk a little more about what your business does?
It’s an online business where we buy overstock from different companies, like Walmart for example, and then we have accounts that buy that overstock from us and sell it online. They can do that through Amazon, Etsy, etc.
What are your leadership experiences?
So, I started buying and reselling clothes when I was in the third grade. Someone made fun of the clothes I was wearing, so I decided that I needed to find a way to make money and this way I was also able to figure out what clothes were in-style. I guess I was just very driven at a very early age because I knew I had to be. Growing up, I had to learn English, help my mom with translating things, I started to grow up quick in that aspect and I also learned about finances at an early age. So I figured out very early on that finance was going to be my major once I got to college.
What are your career goals?
I left Thailand and came to the U.S. with my mom when I was six and lived with my Aunt in Leesburg, Virginia for awhile before I moved to Ohio. The rest of my family is still in Thailand, so my overarching goal isn’t really career-related, but purpose related; I want to be able to make enough money to bring the rest of my family to the United States. Right now, because it will take so long to get the rest of my family over here, my plan is to send money to them to make their life better while they’re still there. It makes it easier for me to get up in the morning and do what I do, knowing that I’m helping support them.
I definitely don’t want a corporate job, I would like to work for myself because I don’t really like the constraints of a typical nine to five job.
My other goal is to be able to graduate without any debt and be financially stable so that I can do whatever I want. The biggest thing that helps me with that is investing the money I make through my business into the stock market. If it continues to be successful like it has been, then I’ll be able to live off of the interest.
What is your favorite thing about being a Bobcat?
You wouldn’t think that you would be able to find Bobcats at all these different companies and places, but the Bobcat network is huge. Everyone has always been kind-hearted, friendly and helpful which is amazing.
Interview conducted by CLDC Social Media Intern Kate Ansel