Ruichun “Jess” Li is a sophomore finance major pursuing a certificate in data analytics. She is from Beijing, China, and chose Pitt Business because of her love of problem solving, and the opportunity to gain real-world experience. Currently, she is a member of the League of Emerging Analytics Professionals (LEAP), and is best known as a Resident Assistant (RA) in the Bruce Hall LLC.
Tell us more about being an RA:
As an RA, I serve as a resource, assistant, mentor, and liaison between residents and the University. I create a safe space and a trustworthy floor community by engaging with my residents through programming and other initiatives. It’s so important to me to always bring positive energy and be a role model for the residents and peer staff members.
After getting to know my residents better, I learned that two of their top future program interests included going to a restaurant and ice skating at PPG Plaza. So, these became the basis for my next two programs – for the restaurant I’m planning on taking them to one of my favorite Chinese restaurants to share my culture with them over some delicious and authentic food. My main goal when creating programs is to make sure the residents have fun while gaining some knowledge.
Being an RA offers me the opportunity to assist others while improving myself. My RA from freshman year inspired me – she was always smiling and energetic. She tried her best to answer all my questions and solve all my problems. Because of her, I wanted to join the RA community and help other students. This job has improved my leadership, communication, and time management skills. Embracing difficulties and solving problems are helping me become a more mature and independent person.
What advice you would give to incoming freshman looking to study at Pitt Business?
Have fun, be yourself, and strive! These are three standards in my life, as well. It is important that you do what you’re passionate about, be yourself, and work hard to reach your goals. Pitt Business is a great place to pursue your business dreams, and it offers tons of amazing opportunities on- and off-campus.
I was part of the U19 Chinese Women’s Lacrosse Team! We gathered in Canada for the first time and trained for only ten days before an international tournament where we won fourteenth place. Getting to know my teammates and suffering through tough practices improved our lacrosse skills and helped us develop close friendships. Nothing will replace this great experience, and I was extremely honored to play lacrosse for my own country.