When Krystal returned from Uruguay, she flew to Washington, D.C., where she interned with the State Department for the remainder of the summer. She has also studied abroad with UGA in Oxford, and she was a member of the university’s team for the Kelley School of Business National Diversity Case Competition team, which ranked number four out of 34 teams.
In addition to her studies, Krystal explores all that Athens has to offer. Her favorite place on campus is Lake Herrick, where she goes for weekend runs. She also enjoys the Athens food scene, with her favorite locations being Thai Spoon, Heirloom and The Grit. Though she is an economics major, she says that one of her favorite classes at UGA is Comparative Asian American Literature.
“The class made me reflect on my own childhood and my mother’s,” Krystal said. “My mother’s family moved to New York from Taiwan when she was nine years old. It was interesting to compare stories with other people who weren’t of Asian heritage.”
Upon graduation, Krystal will return to New York, with violin in tow, for a full-time position in the Markets and Investor Services Division at J.P. Morgan. She interned with the financial services firm after connecting with the institution through the university’s Corsair Society and several alumni. Corsair Society was started in 2006 by two UGA alumni, and the program allows students who plan to pursue careers in finance to connect with alumni and to participate in internships on Wall Street.
“Through the Foundation Fellows program, I have been able to travel to a lot of different places like Cuba and Morocco, but the most important part for me has been the support from peers, alumni and administration,” Krystal said. “They have been very helpful in talking to me about different opportunities on campus and abroad, especially going to J.P. Morgan.”
Update: Krystal accepted a position as a structured credit analyst at J.P. Morgan in June 2017.