Priscilla Luong has come out her shell since coming to the Muma College of Business, where she expects to graduate in the spring of 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in finance and a minor in economics. She has an overall grade-point average of 3.76, but that’s only part of her story.

She often takes six classes a semester and when she receives her diploma, she will be just 20 years old.

Luong’s involvement in the Corporate Mentor Program was key in her emerging as an academic standout and instilled in her a deep sense of self confidence. She was paired with a T.Rowe Price vice president who encouraged her to step out of her comfort zone and pursue experiences she had been putting off, like studying abroad.

She did just that and found that traveling to foreign lands to study was an extremely rewarding experience, allowing her to initiate conversations with strangers, something she had been reluctant to do, and talking easily with professionals in her field of study. She dedicated her time to excelling in class and working as a teaching assistant, while attending a three-hour GMAT class twice a week. She currently works 25 hours a week as an intern in the retail account management department at T.Rowe Price while carrying a full load of classes. She recently accepted a job offer in Maryland where T.Rowe Price is headquartered, beginning in June.

She began peer-leading an academic foundations class for first-year students transitioning into university life. There, she was able to make connections to students, with whom she continues to stay in touch. She says she is rewarded when she sees her mentees establish themselves by joining organizations and some running for student government.