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Jacklin Kertayasa, LSB Ambassador
Jacklin Kertayasa
Jacklin Kertayasa
Marketing & Economics Majors
International Business & Japanese Minors
Fremont, California

Areas of Interest at SCU and LSB: 
International business, economic development, data analysis, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Modern Language Department.

What are your SCU and LSB activities/general hobbies: 
LSB Activities: Economics Student Association Board Member, Leavey Scholars Program.  Other SCU Activities: Modern Languages Department Ambassador, Youth Empowerment Program Student Facilitator, Language Learning Club Marketing Director.  General Hobbies: Traveling, Cooking, Baking.

What global experiences have you had in college? 
In Winter Quarter 2021, I participated in Study Abroad’s new global business innovation fellowship program. I got the opportunity to meet students from around the world through this program, as I was placed in a team of 6 with students from Italy, Vietnam, and Nepal and a mentor from Poland. Within the 12 week program, our team developed a conceptual business plan targeted at improving the quality of education in flood-ridden areas of Vietnam. I am also looking forward to studying abroad in Seoul, South Korea in Spring 2022. 

Favorite LSB Class and Why? 
Econ 41 & 42: Econometrics and Data Analysis with Professor Ardelean. This class and lab was a great introduction to R and statistics in economics. I especially enjoyed playing around with data during the weekly R labs, and Professor Ardelean did a great job of thoroughly explaining the connection between R and what we learned during lectures. The class helped me solidify my decision to pursue economics, as it gave me confidence that I would be able to learn the hard skills necessary to do so. 

What made you choose to attend LSB? 
I wasn’t planning to go into business during the college application process, but Santa Clara was the only college I applied to as a business major. LSB’s Preview Days and admitted student events convinced me that LSB would help me build a strong foundation, regardless of what field I want to go into in the future. Its great location in Silicon Valley helped me solidify my decision. 

What advice you wish you had while applying to college?
Research is half of the college application process, so start early and do research on schools you might be interested in before college application season starts. Popular colleges at your high school/among your peers might not be for you, so try to figure out what you want from your college experience instead of simply following the crowd. (If you’re on this page you’re already taking a big step in the right direction!)