Spring Convocation 2015: Annie Zhong

Monday, June 8, 2015

Annie Zhong’s love of Japan and Japanese culture has played a huge role in her Arts undergraduate experience at UWaterloo. So it is no surprise that her plans for post-graduation include moving back to the country she now thinks of as a second home.

Annie Zhong

“I’m currently searching for a job in Japan working on preparations for the 2020 Summer Tokyo Olympics. I am hoping to make that the focus of my career for the next 5 years.”

A graduating Honours Arts and Business (Speech Communication) student, Annie was able to travel to Japan twice; first for an international exchange in Winter 2013, then for a co-op placement in Spring 2014.

“I think my exchange and international co-op experiences have benefited me greatly,” she says. “They have helped me to understand what I want to do and where I want to be. I was able to experience the culture, values, and lifestyle of Japan first-hand, and this has given me a sense of what moving and working there would really be like.”

Annie Zhong

To complement her international experiences, Annie also recently competed in and won the National Japanese Speech Contest (advanced level), after winning first place at the Ontario Japanese Speech Contest. “I never expected to come this far. There were a lot of excellent participants this year and it was great getting to know people from across Canada who all share the same passion for the Japanese language.”

As Annie prepares for convocation, she offers some advice to students at the beginning of their undergraduate experience. “I would encourage them to explore their options in their fields of interest. There are so many opportunities available to students, and I've been very lucky to receive some of those opportunities and use them to prepare myself for the future.

Annie Zhong

“Undergraduate life is shorter than we all like to think, so it's important to really look for opportunities, plan ahead, and say “yes” to new experiences, as there is always something unexpected to be gained.”

Congratulations Annie! Good luck in whatever the future may hold.

Read more about Annie’s international experiences.

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