Julia Vang

5/6/2014

Julia Vang is graduating in the spring of 2015. She is a global business leadership and pyschology major from St. Paul, Minn.

What inspired you to become a global business leadership major?

My passion for business has long existed before I even noticed. Throughout my years of working, I tend to always land a job in a managerial role. Therefore when I started college, it was then that I decided to make a career in business. Why not do it when I have a natural gift to lead and manage a business organization? This is what inspired me to major in global business leadership, and I do not regret any moment of it!

What advice do you have for students considering a major in global business leadership?

For those who are considering a major in GBUS, go for it. It was probably one of my best decisions yet. However, I advise new GBUS majors to develop patience. This major requires students to work intensively with a group of people from different spectrums of leadership styles. There are times when your ideas may be thrown out and other times when your opinions may not seem to be heard. But remember that you are working in a group and it is important to find a happy medium.

How do you anticipate using your degree after graduation?

I will graduate with a double major in psychology and global business leadership. I plan to further my education and pursue a master's degree in health administration.

What has been the highlight of your time at CSB and SJU?

I think the biggest highlight for me during my time at CSB and SJU is truly finding my voice. My experience at these institutions has given me the opportunity to find my voice to challenge the status quo of other individuals. Nowadays, I am not afraid to stand up for what I believe is right and will go out of my way to do just that.

What has been the biggest challenge that you have had to overcome?

As an underrepresented student at the College of Saint Benedict, I felt that this was the biggest challenge I had to overcome. For some students who also have to deal with this challenge, it may be intimidating. But I turned this challenge of mine into something positive that others can learn from. I worked with various organizations and administrations to create workshops, conduct panels and show documentaries to teach others exactly what it means to be diverse. Though this was challenging, it was worthwhile and I am happy that others can learn from it and make changes to how they view others.

Are you involved in any other activities or clubs at CSB and SJU?

I am involved in the CSB Senate, the Cultural Affairs Board, Intercultural LEAD and I am the ambassador for the Korean American Student Conference.