As a high school student, Henry Ji planned to learn about the Chinese market while attending, as well as after graduating, college in the United States. Being admitted to a Liberal Studies First Year Away program at NYU Shanghai was a great opportunity to explore and experience China as he planned.
Henry, who is originally from South Korea, jumped at the opportunity. As he settled in to NYU Shanghai, he appreciated the close community Liberal Studies offered in this foreign country, and Henry wanted to spread the word. He helped to found the first Liberal Studies Student Council (LSSC) at NYU Shanghai and used this platform to organize student events and develop a liaison between Shanghai and New York student life.
In New York for sophomore year, Henry was elected Vice President of the LSSC. He also became something of a social director, leveraging student life events to raise awareness around NYU about all that Liberal Studies has to offer -- not only excellent classes, but also strong community.
Under Henry’s leadership, the LSSC organized first year away student panels for students across all departments to learn about the global sites. The Liberal Studies Spring Banquet also was launched as an annual year-end event for the first time. In the spring of his sophomore year, Henry and the LSSC were recognized for service to Liberal Studies with a President’s Service Award.
Henry transitioned to the College of Arts and Science and is considering where he will work—which company and in which country--once he earns his Economics degree. But he won’t forget his roots at NYU; Henry successfully encouraged his younger brother to be a part of Liberal Studies in Shanghai and is now encouraging his other brother to apply to Liberal Studies and take on his love for Liberal Studies.