Whitney Hu '13
Hometown: Sulphur Springs, Texas
Major: English, Creative Writing
Minor: Political Science
What activities are you involved in?
I’m currently involved with Residence Life, Children of Promise, Coe Review, Student Activities Committee, Coe Alliance and Political Science Club.
Why did you decide to attend Coe?
I wanted to see snow (just joking). In reality, I was disenchanted by a lot of the schools I visited where I was placed into long registration lines, thrown a shirt and spoken to in mass audiences. Then I visited Coe. Immediately when I walked into Nassif House (the Admission Office), I was warmly greeted, my counselor came running up to me and gave me a big hug, and other counselors came to greet the girl who traveled all the way from Texas. This friendliness and enthusiasm continued from the professors and students I encountered. It felt like a natural fit.
What has Coe done you?
It has been a good stepping stone for me. I feel like Coe has challenged me to grow, expand and to become confident in my own skills. It has offered me a bountiful supply of resources and opportunities. I’ve been wonderfully blessed here and know that Coe has helped me prepare for what the future might hold.
What is it like living in Cedar Rapids?
I enjoy it immensely. I stay here in CR during the summers and have taken much delight in exploring the art festivals, farmer’s markets and exploring some fantastic eating places. Plus, Theater Cedar Rapids puts on wonderful productions, Brucemore always has something cool going on and downtown is continuing to expand!
Have you had any internship, research or study abroad experiences?
Yes, last summer I interned at Genova Technologies, Inc. as a Proposal Intern. I worked with the sweetest people ever and learned a lot about technical writing while sticking my hands in the marketing arena, writing case studies and white papers. I found the internship using Career Services on-campus. It was a fantastic internship.
Why should a prospective student choose Coe?
If you’re looking for somewhere to call home for the next four years, to meet brilliant people, make fantastic connections with professors, personally know staff members and be part of a great community, then I highly encourage you to choose Coe.
How has Coe changed your life?
I’ve grown as an independent person. I was nervous being so far away from home by myself but there was so much support on-campus that I never felt like I had to be alone in my journey.
What do you plan to do after Coe?
I’m hopefully going to find a job in New York. I’m spending my final semester on New York Term interning at either a literary journal or event planning agency. Eventually, I’ll go back for my M.B.A. or J.D. depending where my career takes me!