photo of chris chenYear in School: 4th

Hometown: Diamond Bar, CA

Major(s): Economics

Minor(s)/Concentration(s): Statistics

On-campus leadership roles/positions/organizations: 
Business Career and Networking Club: President and Co-Founder

Student Admin for the Morgan Stanley Training Program

Club Finance Council: Board Member (2013-2014)

Why do you choose to be involved as a student leader?
Initially, it was for personal growth. To be in a more capable and competitive position after graduation. Once involved, it was for the students. There was a change in my philosophy last year. I realized the fundamental attribute is to improve students' opportunities and chances of getting a job. I want to help others grow.

What have you learned about leadership through your work with others on campus?
Two main things: be patient and be nice. Those are two of the most important things you need to be. Another is building an awareness of people around you so you can more effectively accommodate their needs. In the end, you are working towards building relationships, friendships, and becoming a family. You should expect to fail. Also, you should have fantastic advisors and people around you. Bring people that are smarter than you and more capable to the table. You need people that can help you strategically grow. Maintain high expectations and do not waiver on those. That sets a precedent and lets people see where you head is at.

What is your most memorable experience at UC Davis?
Walking along the arboretum with my friends and talking about our philosophies on life and values. For some reason, the arboretum helps put things into perspective.

What is your favorite UC Davis tradition?

Going to the CoHo. I do it every day. It is my second home.

What advice would you give to a student thinking about getting involved?

Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. That is the best piece of advice I could give anyone. Also, know yourself really well. Do not have reservations when evaluating yourself. If you cannot match yourself with the right company or organization on campus you will only be wasting your time.

How does getting involved complement your studies?
Ultimately your studies are supposed to complement your career goals. It’s not that my co-curriculars are directly complementing my studies. My organizations may have study hours but for the most part, they are two distinct areas. They work together to get me that ideal career. You have to manage your time well to balance these complementary activities.

What are your future plans? (How has your involvement on campus prepared you for life after graduation?)
I’d like to become a financial analyst and it seems self-explanatory to me. Working at Morgan Stanley has given me a strong finance background. The Business Career and Networking Club allows me to work with companies and bring opportunities to students. It helps me build opportunities for my own future career.

Fun Facts

  • Role Model(s): It is every changing. Right now Elon Musk and Peter Thiel.
  • Favorite Quote/Motto: “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are” – Theodore Roosevelt.
  • Hobbies: Biking, eating, hiking, getting to know people, building relationships.