May 22, 2017

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Michael Chen

Michael will be part of NYU Shanghai’s first graduating class and is one of our first Shanghai alumni! Michael founded Green Shanghai, a student organization dedicated to environmentally conscious living, which includes a recycling bin program (which was adopted on campus and in the local community), a weekly farmers market, education about growing vegetables on rooftop gardens, and more. Michael is returning to NYC to begin his career in financial services.

What is your school and major?

I am a student of the inaugural class at NYU Shanghai. My major is in business and finance, with a minor in Global China Studies.

Do you plan to work in the same field as your major?

Yes, I’ll be starting my career in the financial services industry, with JPMorgan Chase in New York City.

What did you find most valuable during your time at NYU?

Once a youngster who dwelled in my comfort zone living in the outskirts of Houston, Texas, I have grown into the ambitious and curious man through the extraordinary opportunities offered by NYU Shanghai. The NYU global network and study abroad experience has really opened my eyes to what the world has to offer, as I’ve studied in Shanghai, Prague, and New York, and have also been to over 25 Chinese cities, 10 European countries, and five Southeast Asian countries throughout these four years.

What was your favorite moment at NYU?

In late April of 2017, the inaugural senior class at NYU Shanghai had a picnic reunion at East China Normal University, which is the campus that we studied and dormed at during our first year as an official portal campus. Since then, the campus has transitioned to Pudong, near Shanghai’s international financial district. Ever since our campus moved to Pudong, we rarely visit the ECNU campus so we were all hit with a huge wave of nostalgia when we reunited at ECNU, as those were where our first memories were shared.

What will you miss most about being an NYU undergrad?

I will miss the tight-knit community, faculty, and the diversity of our students, who come from over 50 countries. I’ll especially miss the once-in-a-lifetime experience of leaving the traditional college lifestyle behind to make history with the inaugural class of NYU Shanghai. It has been an incredible experience to be part of something completely new, and to not just be a student who attends university but one that helps shape it for the incoming classes.

How are you celebrating the accomplishment of graduating and receiving your degree?

I’ll be celebrating by continuing to celebrate life. I make sure to cherish what I have, and also make the best of the time I have. For me that means spending quality time with family, travelling and meeting new people, playing basketball, and performing piano.

Do you plan to stay in Shanghai?

I will be moving to New York City in early July to start work as an analyst at JPMorgan Chase. I plan to work in NYC for a few years and potentially move back to Houston to be closer to family or maybe even back to Asia one day.

Pretend it's your 10-year reunion. What would you like to say when classmates ask what you've been up to?

I would like to say that I have traveled even more of the world. As the current alumni ambassador for NYU Shanghai, I hope to have been keeping in touch with many of my classmates along the way.