Hawkinson Institute of Business Finance Scholar
Business Student Ambassador, Vice President of Special Events
Delta Sigma Pi, Interview Chair
Tippie 21 under 21
Finance and Accounting
When Wei Du was conducting her college search from her home country of China, she knew she wanted to study business abroad.
“College is the best time to see the world and the United States is a great place to study business. The practical approach to education is what I like best,” she says.
Still a teenager, Wei packed her bags and boarded a plane for the U.S. Her destination was Iowa City.
“My family preferred I attend college three hours from home, but I had my mind made up. When they realized that, they were very supportive of my decision,” she explains. “My father helped me select The University of Iowa because it is located in a nice, safe city with an excellent business program.”
Wei says the biggest challenge she's faced as an international student, is the social aspects of speaking English as a second language. But her enthusiasm and ambition have helped her to overcome many of these challenges.
“I am an outgoing person so I learned to have courage. I am not afraid to initiate conversations because I have attended many networking opportunities at the College of Business,” she says. Wei was hired as a student worker in the Undergraduate Program office at the College where she interacts with students, staff and faculty regularly.
She has become so comfortable at The University of Iowa, she has taken on leadership roles in several student organizations in the College of Business and is a member of the Hawkinson Institute of Business Finance. Her career goals include working as an investment banker.
She also credits her Iowa-native roommate for the ease in her transition into college in a foreign land. “My roommate is extremely helpful and we learn a lot from each other.”