Get to Know this Leader who has Continued to Make a Positive Influence Both On and Off Campus
Get to know Victoria Wu, a Leader who has Continued to Make a Positive Influence Both On and Off Campus
- Tell us about yourself!
- My name is Victoria Wu, and I am currently a senior from Mandan, ND. I am the first in my family to attend college, and I’m proud to be receiving three degrees in May, a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Economics, a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. During my free time, when the weather is nice, I love to golf and get boba!
- Why did you decide to come to UND?
- As a first-generation college student, I have faced unique challenges and obstacles that other students may not have experienced, such as navigating the college application process without the guidance of family members who have been through it before. The University of North Dakota has helped me navigate through these challenges by offering one-on-one advising resources and first-generation courses! Throughout my years, I have gained a sense of belonging as I can call the University of North Dakota my home.
- In what ways has the Nistler College promoted leadership for you?
- The Nistler College has promoted leadership for me by providing numerous opportunities. I am currently a part of Nistler College’s Pancratz Mentor Program. I have received connections and resources from my phenomenal mentor, Sarah Nupdal, the Senior Vice President of Bell Bank and Vice President of Bio Girls! Perhaps in the future, I can be a mentor of the program myself!
- What does it mean to you to be a woman a leadership?
- To be a woman in leadership involves using her skills, experiences, and perspective to positively impact her campus or community. As an Asian American woman, I have faced unique challenges and barriers in my journey to leadership, such as cultural stereotypes and discrimination. However, I have also been able to provide unique strengths and perspectives to the table, such as a strong work ethic, resilience, and a deep appreciation for diversity. As a leader, I have used these strengths to lead with empathy, collaboration, and inclusivity.
- What has been your greatest achievement thus far?
- My greatest achievement thus far was receiving the Greek Pillar Award this year. Last year, I served as Panhellenic President for the Panhellenic Council at UND. The leader of the Panhellenic Council is responsible for governing and promoting the sorority system on campus. While this can be a rewarding and fulfilling role, it also comes with its own set of challenges and hardships. One of the main challenges of being Panhellenic President is managing the diverse needs and interests of not only the various sororities but also fraternities of the UND Greek community. I had to find ways to balance these different perspectives and interests in a way that benefits the entire community. This January, I was honored to receive the Greek Pillar Award, which recognized my commitments and values towards our campus’ Greek community.
- What are your plans after graduation?
- After graduation, I plan to spend a gap year exploring my interests. I have realized recently that my career path does not need to be set in stone, and I should take my time to gain experience, network with professionals, and travel! I truly value the quality of being a lifelong learner and am excited to gain new knowledge. However, I want to utilize it next year to find what is fulfilling and meaningful to me!