Litong Chen

Commencement: Spring 2015, Ceremony 2

Degree: Bachelor’s, Finance and International Business

Graduate of: College of Business

When Litong Chen emigrated from China to the U.S. with her mother at age 13, she did not speak a word of English but took it upon herself and dedicated her time to learn the language and culture.

Litong chose international business as a career because it was one where her Chinese background and knowledge of Mandarin, her first language, would expand her opportunities. Given the international business studies’ focus on culture, Litong is confident that she will bring the American and Asian perspectives to any company or venture.

In spring 2012, Litong participated in the Johnson & Johnson university case competition and placed first at the regional level and third nationally. The case competition led her to pursue a second major in finance.

Litong also joined the Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity and is now chapter president. During her presidency, she launched a philanthropic initiative designed to assist students who, like Litong, are the first in their families to attend college. The Alpha Kappa Psi – Xi Sigma chapter will continue raising funds for the FIU First Generation Scholarship Fund.

Litong, who is part of the Honors College, also serves as a teaching assistant in the Honors College Entrepreneurship, Design and Thinking course, contributing to lessons on critical thinking techniques, as well as discussions on creativity and strategy.

After an internship with Goldman Sachs in summer 2014, Litong received a full-time offer and will launch her career at the firm’s New York office after graduation. She also envisions opening her own business.