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Pearl Pham, LSB Ambassador
Pearl Pham
Pearl Pham
Marketing Major
San Jose, California

Areas of Interest at SCU and LSB: 
I’m interested in studying marketing with a minor in retail studies and hopefully business analytics. In the future, I want to pursue a career in the tech industry since I was born and raised in Silicon Valley. Ideally, I would like to work as a UX Designer or Digital Marketing Manager.

What are your SCU and LSB activities/general hobbies:
Outside my role as a Leavey Ambassador, I’m involved in the Student Alumni Council, Delta Sigma Pi professional business fraternity, Multicultural Clubs, and the LEAD Scholars Program. For hobbies, I enjoy working out and trying new restaurants with friends!

What internship/employment opportunities have you taken advantage of at LSB?
As a freshman, I’m currently working at a nonprofit called CityTeam as a marketing and communications intern. I’ve been utilizing the university’s Career Fair to find my next internship opportunity.

Favorite LSB Class and Why? 
Based on my one year in Santa Clara, my favorite class is Critical Thinking & Writing. From this class, not only did I learn to effectively communicate a message to a target audience but also how to deconstruct an author’s thoughts and writing in a way that's applicable to my worldview. Understanding the deeper meaning behind a writing helps towards one's development of their own beliefs. This thinking process has enabled me to identify issues in topics like history, culture, and social contexts that I might’ve overlooked prior to this class. It’s forced me to become increasingly sensitive to social justice topics when I’m able to critically think for myself and obtain the evidence to support my reasoning. I’ve certainly gained a new approach towards analyzing the world in a way that acknowledges the nuance and ambiguity of it. This has caused me to be more socially aware of my surroundings and others.

What made you choose to attend LSB? 
Growing up around the Santa Clara area, I knew the amazing opportunities this location had to offer. From the beautiful weather and beaches nearby to endless career opportunities post-graduation, I had to take advantage of this place. However, the biggest deciding factor for me was the community in Santa Clara that I was always drawn to. There was something unique about the students and faculty that made me realize how special they were. I knew my goal in college was to be surrounded by people that would better me as a person and this was the perfect school for that. Everyone on campus was always so willing to help in professional and social settings.

What advice you wish you had while applying to college?
Be open to finding different opportunities even if it’s not the one you were initially looking for. And along the way, learn from others on how to improve yourself. Learning something new from every experience will certainly help you in the long run.