Student Profiles

Jialin Zhang, LSM '17

Hometown: 
Miami, FL

Three Favorite Aspects of LSM:

Community -- The LSM program has granted me the opportunity to meet a group of diverse and passionate students and connect with many of them. We are offiered advice by upperclassmen and similarly do the same for younger students. I've made some of my best friends in the program.

Flexibility -- Allowing us to explore different aspects of the life sciences and possible management opportunities within them. We are given a great deal of leeway in deciding what we want to study and how we want to get involved with those studies.

Opportunity -- We are given the opportunity to hear from top scholars, researchers, and businesspeople, whether through the Pizza Talks or with the LSMP121 class lecturers. We are exposed to many topics within both the life sciences and management and are given the opportunity to pursue them freely.

What is your favorite experience at Penn so far?

It's difficult to limit the favorite things I've done or experiences I've had at Penn to a single one. I loved getting the opportunity to work hands-on with a client business at the Small Business Development Center though! Hearing about their newly developed technology was interesting and the opportunity to apply classroom learning and outside research to this project definitely sits highly on my list of experiences at Penn. Being able to offer this client valuable information regarding their business model motivates me to continue studies in the classroom on the business side. I also loved getting the opportunity to hear from different accomplished lecturers in LSMP121 with lectures ranging from the importance of "grit" to the drug development process.

Favorite Things about Philadelphia:

Accessibility -- Everything is a Septa stop away!

History -- Just walking around the city, I get the sense that it's old and that there are many nooks and crannies that are waiting to be discovered.

Food scene -- I love exploring new foods and Philadelphia's restaurants satisfy that love.

Extracurricular Activities:

I'm involved in the International Affairs Association as the business director for the University of Pennsylvania Model United Nations Conference (UPMUNC). I also am a consultant at the Small Business Development Center, do research write-ups for the Baker Retailing Center and am involved in Wharton Women. In my spare time, I love running along the Schuylkill River banks.

Any other interesting stuff we should know about you?

I got the opportunity to go to Beijing for free this summer, as a part of my involvement in the International Affairs Association, in order to chair a MUN conference for high school students.

Not only am I interested in biology and business, but also I adore reading, ranging from classic "must-read" literature to contemporary novels. I often read books many times in order to make sure that I didn't miss any interesting details.