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Meet Christina Mai's '18 Undergraduate Peer Advisor
Meet Christina Mai's '18 Undergraduate Peer Advisor
  • Senior '18
  • Majors in Accounting
  • Born in Guangzhou, China

Tell us about yourself...What are you currently studying at the SBA and what year are you in? Where are you from? Are you a transfer student? If so, where did you transfer from?

I am a senior accounting student at the SBA now and I plan to graduate in Spring 2018. I was born and raised in Guangzhou, a big southern city in China. I have studied accounting in a Chinese university for two years. With the curiosity about American accounting system and enthusiasm in exploring the new culture, I transferred to PSU in 2015 and continues my major in accounting.

What made you want to be a peer advisor?

Since I have been to PSU, I got tons of help from my academic advisors, peer advisors, international student mentor, accounting professional mentors, professors, and other people who have given me various suggestions. I benefited from their advice and now I want to give it back and provide some assistances on others’ way to their goals. The other reason for becoming a peer advisor is that I think it will be fun and I will definitely feel proud of helping others achieve their academic and career goals!

What's your favorite thing about studying and working at the SBA?

My favorite thing about studying at the SBA is that there are mountains of excellent resources that prepare me for stepping in the real business world! For example, the cases talked about by the experienced faculties give me a better understanding of the business reality. SBA also develops a lot of programs to help me build connections with the business community and improve my professional skills. As for working here, my favorite thing is that I can meet many business students and give them suggestions from a peer’s perspective.

Why should students seek express advising? What should they expect? How should they prepare?

Through express advising, their quick questions like course selections, career tips, and available resources can be answered during the drop-in hours. Since students usually only have 15 minutes once, they’d better think ahead what questions they have and print out their DARS report. Also, be ready to ask questions actively during the meeting.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In five years I see myself passing the CPA exam and working in a big public accounting firm. I am excited about the continuous and multiple learning opportunities in the public accounting firm.