Lucy Zhao is a current student at the University of Washington ready to launch her career as a Tax Intern at Deloitte.
We interviewed Lucy to learn more about the greatest lesson she learned in college, what impact she hopes to make on the world, and her favorite self-care routine when the going gets rough.
Where did you go to college? What inspired you to go there?
I currently go to the University of Washington in Seattle. I took a bit of an unconventional route to college and joined UW through an early admissions program called UW Academy, which allowed me to enter directly as a freshman immediately after tenth grade (yes, I am technically a high-school dropout). College seemed like such an amazing opportunity, and I felt ready to leave high school, so I took the chance and have never regretted it.
How old are you?
Where were you raised?
Seattle! But I moved a lot around the suburbs and spent a lot of my childhood in China as well during school breaks.
What is the greatest lesson you learned in college?
Allow yourself to change! Don’t be afraid to take steps towards being the person you want to be, because people will admire you for your strength in pursuing your goals. When you feel like you don’t know who you are or who you’re becoming, just remember, that’s perfectly fine.
What impact do you hope to make in the world?
I hope I can inspire people to break out of their shells. Everybody has a unique story, and I think it’s such a beautiful thing when we can listen, try to understand, and allow each other’s authentic best selves to thrive.
How can others help you launch successfully into your career?
I would love guidance navigating the many complexities of managing a busy workload but still prioritizing both professional and personal relationships.
And finally, we asked Lucy to answer these three questions.
My favorite self-care routine is..
Shutting off my laptop and grabbing a good book to read.
The last book I read was…
Forgive me, I didn’t just have one book I was reading so wanted to share them all!
Chapter One: You Have the Power to Change Stuff by Daniel Flynn
How Remarkable Women Lead by Joanna Barsh and Susie Cranston
The Heist by Janet Evanovich (I love a con-artist book anytime!)
My best advice for someone interested in mentoring college students today…
We love a genuine relationship, so please don’t hesitate to be honest! It’s both the highs, the lows, and also anything in between that make us who we are, so I always love when someone shares their full story with me. Genuine feedback is also so important, whether that’s positive feedback on something we did well or constructive feedback on something we haven’t been doing well and needs to be pointed out. Overall, authenticity is appreciated!
If you’d like to connect with Lucy, you can reach her on LinkedIn.