Growing up in Belize, international student Sujie Chen knew it would be challenging to build a career with the lack of refined employment laws in her country. She believes that Belize has the potential to grow, especially with its future leaders, but lacks the support to develop its human resources. She wants to become a competitive asset in the workforce, so she moved abroad to pursue her degrees at USF.
When she first arrived at USF, she quickly became a research assistant and an undergraduate lab manager working with faculty within the same year. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2018 and began working with JPMorgan Chase and Co. There, she was quickly acknowledged for her work ethics and performance. Chen is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Management at USF with a 4.0 GPA. She joined USF’s Graduate Mentorship Program where she proactively networked with leadership and global management Consulting professionals. She is often praised for being coachable, organized, and an eager learner – which she is currently exploring and completing a Data Analytics Certification by IBM. She is now working as the student director at the Student Innovation Incubator at USF Connect, where she mentors students in entrepreneurship and business development.
In addition to her professional and educational achievements, Chen is passionate about service in her community – whether it be home in Belize or locally in Tampa. It was a no-brainer for her to continue that service while at USF. She’s done cleanups, donation drives, even volunteering her time to spend with the elders in the Tampa Bay community. Chen has joined JPMorgan Chase’s GoodWorks Program to access even more volunteer opportunities. Her favorite volunteer experiences have been at the American Cancer Society.