It’s a roller-coaster since my time with CNH Key Club. Since graduating from high school in Hawaii, I’ve gone to school in Boston and transferred to NYU.
Now in my last year, I’m gearing up to work in the tech field in the Greater New York City Area as a software engineer.
Going to college has taught me a lot of things I never expected to learn. I’ve taken many interesting classes, like Criminology, sociology classes, Imperial China history, and many others. I’ve also learned how to live on my own, cook my meals, deal with seasonal depression, and caring for my mental health.
In high school, the Kiwanis family kept me busy with volunteering events. I’ve continued doing this by volunteering at local elementary schools and mentoring young girls in science.
I remember writing my scholarship essay and describing my ambitions to start a tech lab that empowers women in social good. That’s still something I want to pursue, and I’ve met many other women who also share the same dream.
Kiwanis definitely helped paved my confidence and leadership in college, and I am very thankful for everyone’s support!
– Ashley Chen