The OCA Family

Managing Committee

President:

Hi, I’m Isa, a sophomore majoring in Business & Finance with minors in Chinese and Politics. I was born in Bogotá, Colombia but had the opportunity to grow up in multiple cities including Menlo Park, California and Washington DC.

Since starting at OCA I have covered news stories, founded the Multilingual Committee, and helped in establishing the Business & Economics Committee.

Outside of OCA, I am also part of the Women’s Soccer Team, a learning assistant for Precalculus, an associate consultant at TAMID, and volunteer with the Dean’s Service Scholar program. I am incredibly passionate about social issues, especially those revolving around Latin America, and Latin American news stories.

With OCA, I have found an incredibly diverse community of avid writers, designers, investors, and amazing friends. I hope everyone finds a place to express themselves and their culture enriching the environment of NYU Shanghai while we, as a community, educate ourselves on global news and interests.

Vice President:

Hi! I’m Chanel and I’m the Vice President of On Century Avenue. I’m extremely honored to be representing such a great organization along with the Isa and the rest of our family, and having been a part of OCA since the beginning of freshman year, I can proudly say that we have an amazing and dedicated team working to provide the best content for our community.

A little bit about me: I’m a sophomore from Los Angeles, California majoring in Business and Finance, and during my free time, I enjoy playing video games, visiting new restaurants, and shopping. I’m looking forward to seeing where OCA goes in the future!

Managing Committee/Chief Editors/Directors of Editorial Committee

Declan Mazur

djm752@nyu.edu

2023

American

Dia daoibh! Declan here hailing from Western Massachusetts in the US, home to babbling brooks; majestic mountains; invasive insects; and a wee boy that loves alliteration. I’ve grown up embraced by mountains, so while I’m home you can find me aiming for the peaks with my Murica’ Nalgene and handkerchief in tow. My passion lies in regions of the world not getting the voice and pedestal they deserve to be admired from: Oceania, Central Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, *Brunei*, and too many others. Reading Saint Kitts and Nevis’ citizenship investment program while vibing to the La La Land soundtrack is the picturesque Declan vibe. Everything from big-brand politics to personal tales sparks the fire in this mountain boy’s soul (still love you Smokey).

Cinny Lin

ycl461@nyu.edu

2022

Hi! I’m Cinny! I was born and raised in Taipei and I am currently a  junior studying Data Science. I love data analysis and I am especially obsessed with visualizing data using maps! I am very honored to be a part of the OCA team and I look forward to seeing what we all can bring :)

News Committee

NEWS DIRECTOR:

Mia Barkenaes

2023

Business and Finance, minor in Literature

Hello! My name is Mia Barkenaes, and I am so excited to be serving as OCA’s News Director this year. I love working with OCA because of the incredible talent and unique perspectives of all the members. When I am not doing schoolwork, I like to read books, drink coffee, and keep up with the news! On campus, you can find me in the cafe with friends, or out on the soccer field with the NYUSH women’s soccer team.

Bingting Zhang

2023

Socia Science

Hi, I’m Bingting, a sophomore at NYUSH. I’m a Social Science major student  tracking Psychology. I’m interested in Social Psychology and enjoy reading different cases in this field. I love films, AmericanTV series and Japanese literature. I’m also interested in photography but not professional. I joined OCA because I want to meet different opinions from people with different cultural backgrounds. I’m expecting to spread some valuable ideas to other members in the NYUSH community!

Jaden Schapiro

2024

Interactive Media Arts

Hi! I’m Jaden, a freshman here at NYUSH. This semester I am really excited to be working as the Breaking News writer under the News Committee at OCA. Apart from school, I love learning languages, practicing my photography skills, or cooking up a storm. If I’m not doing one of those three things, you’ll be sure to find me creating or learning something else.

Madison Eberhardt

2022

International Relations

Hi everyone! I’m Madison, a junior at NYUSH that is the Regular Columnist on the News Committee for OCA. Some of my interests include traveling, photography, baking, learning new languages, and of course writing. I’m looking forward to creating and working with OCA!

Gwyneth Isman

2024

Computer Science

Hello, My name’s Gwen and I am excited to be working as a Campus News writer at OCA! During my free time, I like to watch movies, edit little montages, and play some sports or chill with my friends. I look forward to working with the OCA writers in bringing you interesting reads!

Aimée Burlamacchi

2023

International Relations (undeclared)

Hi!, My name is Aimée and I’m a sophomore student at NYU Shanghai. Outside of coursework, my hobbies include learning new languages, watching movies as well as reading and writing stories. I also enjoy travelling and discovering new places. I am very excited to be joining the OCA Campus News team this semester and to create content for you!

Kevin Nader

2022

International Relations, minor in Business

Hi everyone! My name is Kevin Nader, and I’m one of the world news contributors for OCA. I spend the bulk of my free time reading, hiking, and consuming an extremely unhealthy amount of McDonald’s. I’m beyond excited to cover world news for the NYU Shanghai community!

Elena Dagan

2023

Social Science and IMA

Hello everyone! I am Elena Dagan. I am from the San Francisco Bay Area in California. This fall, I have been a world news contributor for OCA. I love trying to keep up with US politics, re-learning world history, and recently I’ve taken an interest in environmentalism. In my free time, I am usually watching The Great British Bake Off or very serious film classics. I’m thankful for this opportunity to work with OCA!

Opinions Committee

Director of Opinions Committee

Hello, I’m Cecilia Sun, a sophomore and current director of the Opinion Committee.  I’m a girl who was born and raised in Shanghai and is very proud to call this city her home. As an introvert, I always prefer to express myself through any channel that is not public speaking, so for me, writing is a good way to reach out! My hobbies scatter in the strangest places and right now they happen to be musicals and theatre. Of course, I also read and reflect on social justice issues a lot, which is why the desire to write and express oneself spontaneously arises. I believe the process of creation has to be out of love, and sincerity is the priority of all.

Hey I’m Claire Gu, a freshman majoring in media, culture, and communication. I grew up in Shanghai, so just come to me for recommendations for restaurants, coffee shops, and interesting places to visit in this city! Besides reading and writing, I also love films, photography, board games and travelling. For me, writing is an extension of communication and a channel through which I can articulate my feelings. Nice to meet all the Thinkers, Dreamers, and Doers here at OCA!

Hi, I’m Bingting Zhang, a sophomore at NYUSH. I’m a Social Science major student tracking Psychology. I’m interested in Social Psychology and enjoy reading different cases in this field. I love films, AmericanTV series and Japanese literature. I’m also interested in photography but not professional. I joined OCA because I want to meet different opinions from people with different cultural backgrounds. I’m expecting to spread some valuable ideas to other members in the NYUSH community!

Hi, I’m Aimée Burlamacchi and I’m a sophomore in NYUSH. I’m half Italian and half English and currently I am studying International Relations. Academically I’m interested in issues concerning International Politics and Human Rights as well as some psychology. Outside of academics I also love theatre, literature and music. I joined OCA because I wanted a chance to put my thoughts into writing as well as to have a part in sharing the stories and voicing the thoughts of others in the NYUSH community. For my future in OCA, I am most excited about  the prospect of hopefully helping others by sharing my experiences.

Hi, I’m Chloe Wan and I’m a freshman in NYUSH. My first major is going to be humanities and my second major is going to be mathematics. Outside of academics, I love playing piano and dancing. I joined OCA because I value this platform which enables me to voice my opinions and foster me to think. For my future in OCA, I’m going to keep an eye on our daily life as well as the lives of others around us, to record their happiness and dilemma, and to voice my opinion towards some phenomenon.

Hi guys! My name is Kinsey Martindale and I am a current freshman at NYU Shanghai. I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon which is on the west coast of the United States. My major is undecided right now, but I am leaning towards possibly social sciences, humanities, or global China studies. Outside of school I love playing guitar, going on adventures, creating art, hanging out with friends, and spending time with my dogs. I joined OCA because I love writing and I wanted to apply my interest in a way that would help me become a better writer as well as push me out of my comfort zone. I’m really excited to work with you all and hopefully we’ll meet in Shanghai soon!

Hi! My name is Camila,I am a sophomore at NYUSH,  and I was born and raised in Colombia, land of coffee and beautiful nature. I am passionate about politics, and different cultures around the world. As an army child, I have always moved around my own country, and also got to live in the US and China for some time, so my choice to be in this community is thanks to all this amazing experience I have been fortunate enough to be a part of. I love animals and also horseback riding, and would consider myself an ambivert, given I love to meet new people and also enjoy time to myself to go out jogging or just stay home to a good book or some Netflix documentary to obsess over an overstretched period of time. Hope to get to know you all throughout this quite unique summer, and can’t wait to contribute to this amazing community. 

Hello, my name is Shumin and I am excited to be working on the opinions committee at OCA! I am currently a freshman at NYU Abu Dhabi, but a Go Local Student at NYU Shanghai. I have not decided on a major yet, but my dream job is to be a photojournalist one day. I’ve been told there are many routes to get there, so I look forward to riding the waves. Asides that, I love playing soccer (I sometimes wish it is a minor) and taking polaroid pictures. Currently binging How I Met Your Mother – highly recommended! Not the most productive person in the world, but I love a good laugh. Take care :)

Heyyy I’m Alex, a freshman at NYUSH! I’m from Singapore in Southeast Asia. I’m tryna double major in CS and IMB. I’m interested in VR/AR so I was thinking a combination of these majors is probably the best way to move forward. This is my first time coming to China so everything’s exciting for me! Really looking to explore my new home :) I love sports, did a bit of Muay Thai this year and got my diving license too. I also love travelling, was super excited to go to Aussie and Eastern Europe this year but…..covid :( I’d love to join on crazy adventures all over the world so if anyone’s planning one HMU :D

Also fun fact….I’m 21….so old…..

Hey guys my name is Russel Sy and I’m a sophomore at NYUSH. I’m from the Philippines— I’ve lived there my whole life, so coming to China was the first time living away from somewhere I called home. I’m planning on majoring in Business and Finance, and probably minoring in Chinese. In my free time, I enjoy filmmaking, as well as music production. I actually joined OCA because they give lots of freedom in terms of what I can write about, so I saw this as an opportunity to share my interests with everyone. If you wanna talk about music, or anything else about life in Shanghai (although I only really stayed there for 4 months), just talk to me and we can get to know each other :)

Hey guys! My name is Bayarjargal but since it’s hard to pronounce I go by Jono. I was born and raised in Mongolia, and got to live in the U.S and China later. I am majoring in Business and Finance (as of now), and minoring in Chinese. I enjoy nature walks, coffee, exploring new food places, and digital arts. Also, I love learning new languages, getting to know different cultures, and hearing different stories. I thought OCA was such a great way to promote diversity of our student body by enabling students to share their own stories, thoughts, and opinions. For me, I joined the team to contribute to this great initiative while being able to share my own view.

Chinese Committee

Chinese DIRECTOR:

Rachel:

Hi, I’m Rachel Min from Shanghai. I’m a sophomore majoring in Business and Marketing. At On Century Avenue, I’m currently the director of the Chinese Committee and will lead our team to publish some great articles from the views of Chinese students at NYU Shanghai. I have great passion for exploring new things and making friends with people from different cultures! I’m so excited to begin a new journey with Chinese Committee and the OCA family! If you want to have your own voice heard by more people, join us!

Coco:

Hey, I’m Coco and I’m from Shanghai. I’m currently a sophomore at NYUShanghai and plan to major in psychology and data science. I am now a member of the Chinese Committee at OCA and would like to share some inspiring observations at NYUShanghai as part of the community. I love travelling and various kinds of dancing and I’m a foodie as well. I look forward to meeting and working with all the new friends here!

Sibyl:

I am Sibyl Li from Hainan. I am a freshman who plans to major in Psychology. I love writing and music. At On Century Avenue, I am a newcomer to the Chinese Committee. Hopefully, I can publish wonderful articles with my peers to represent the views of the Chinese students. It’s my pleasure to work with my brilliant fellows. I am looking forward to the journey with the OCA family.

Vera Zhang:

Hii, I’m Vera Zhang from Beijing. I’m a sophomore majoring in Business and Marketing and intending to take IMA as a minor. This is the second semester for me working at the Chinese Committee of On Century Avenue. I found it really interesting and thought provoking when having meetings with my fellows to brainstorm the new topics that we could write about, and I really enjoy the process of producing articles based on topics that I have great passion for together with my friends. I’m looking forward to meeting more interesting people and doing more cool stuff with you!

Julie:

Nice to meet you! I am Julie Zhu from Nantong, Jiangsu. I am a sophomore majoring in Mathematics and was engaged in OCA for my whole freshman year! This semester, I am a member of the Chinese Committee and dedicated to digging more stories around our daily life, and funny observations about the world we are living in and always explore more about. I still believe that the best articles are not created by pure, made-up imagination but root in our inner need and call, and we are here to listen to your ideas and utilize our strength to translate them into words!

Tao Wen:

I’ve never expected myself to be a writer, and I always consider my thoughts immature. However, it’s just impossible for me not to say something when it comes to social issues, especially the recent coronavirus outbreak. As a political science major, I’m also exploring ways to practice what I’ve learned. So…here I am!

I love watching and talking about films. When I can’t find someone to talk to, I write reviews. My favorite films include Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence, The Last Emperor, and To Rome With Love. I also love figure skating and binge watching political comedies on Youtube.

Yihan Yuan:

Hi, I’m Yihan Yuan, from Si Chuan. I’m a freshman planning to major in social science, and I’m especially interested in psychology. I enjoy poems and movies and sleeping. At the central avenue , members can share their ideas about articles that give me different angles to explore our university life. And I can learn a lot when I communicate with my writing partner. I hope to be a real observeror in OCA.

Karen:

Hi, I am Karen from Jiangyin, Jiangsu Province. I am a sophomore and major in Mathematics and minor in Business and Finance. The reason why I joined OCA this year is because I enjoy the process of working together with other members to produce insightful articles. I also love to go to the theatres and exhibitions for pleasure. Looking forward to sharing something interesting and meaningful together with you guys.

Editorial Committee

Katrina (Kat) Woo

2024

Business and Marketing (undeclared)

Hi there! My name is Kat and I’m a current freshman from Sydney, Australia. I’ve always thought that being able to amplify and give a platform for young voices has been incredibly important so I’m super excited to be working on the Editorial Committee for OCA this year!

I’m currently also involved in Student Government and TEDxNYUSH, but making the decision to get involved with OCA was definitely not a difficult choice. Being able to read and engage with such a diverse group of writers is a truly inspiring experience. I can’t wait to be able to hear and learn more about the experiences, opinions and perspectives that our community has to share in the future!

Tetyana (Tanya) Matsegora

2024

Electrical and Systems Engineering (undeclared)

Hi Everyone! My name is Tanya. I am a freshman from Ukraine, looking forward to majoring in Engineering. I enjoy reading, music and skying. I also have a passion for exploring new things and travelling. I am super excited to be a part of the Editorial Committee of On Century Avenue this year.

Sophia Jacobson

2023

Social Sciences with a track in International Relations

Hi, I’m Sophia, a sophomore from St. Louis, Missouri. I’m really interested in international politics, journalism, and sustainable fashion. In my little free time, I can usually be found baking or starting one of the many books I bought but then never had time to read. I’m very excited to be working on the Editorial Committee this semester!

Anita Ye

2024

Global Liberal Studies (for now)

Hey!! My name is Anita. I am from Beijing China, and I am currently a GoLocal Student in Shanghai. I explore all kinds of food around the city, squeeze my time to take a nap, and try to pet every dog I see on the street. My free time activity includes a complex combination of art, music, literature, and even coding. I am looking forward to working with the OCA family as an Editorial Committee member this year!!

Neo Alabastro

2024

I was born and raised in Oahu, Hawaii. I have always had an interest in the process of creating media — In fact, there are videos of me at 7 years old doing toy reviews! I continued to refine my skills in visual and media production at my alma mater, Punahou School, video journalism program Punavision. I’ve been teaching myself piano for around five years now and I have experience in music production, mixing, and mastering. I look forward to creating more at OCA. Checkout my portfolio: https://rogetneo.wordpress.com/

Aishya Rannan Elysia 2023

are337@nyu.edu

Business and Finance

Hello Everyone! I’m Aishya from Jakarta, Indonesia. I’m currently a sophomore majoring in Business and Finance. I love graphic design and visual art, and right now i’m trying to teach myself some motion graphic skills. I’m very thankful to be involved in the OCA Editorial and Media team, lovely to work with you guys!

Media Committee

MEDIA DIRECTOR:

Mia Jiayin Fan’23

jf4043@nyu.edu

Interactive Media Arts

Chinese

Hi there, I am Mia from the Media Committee! Born and raised in Shanghai, here I am in NYU Shanghai (trapped in Pudong!). I am an IMA sophomore and love photography, new media arts, films, web and graphic design, and social media management. I joined OCA in Spring, started by managing the WeChat official account, and got to learn a lot through the adventure here in OCA. Looking forward to the future and to your joining!

Leah Bian’23

rb4503@nyu.edu

Major: Interactive Media Arts, Minor: Business

Chinese

Hi! I’m Leah from the OCA Media Committee. I have a strong interest in visual design, and I’m also curious about the relationship between machines and humans, which is closely related to installation arts. I joined OCA this fall, hoping to contribute by doing visual design works and managing our website. I really enjoy being part of this community and hope to bring my energy to it!

Alan Lecheng Chao ’23

lc4087@nyu.edu

Chinese

I was born and raised in Beijing. I would tag myself as a photographer, a film editor, and a musician. I have been editing short films and videos during high school, shooting pictures and producing music. Visual and audio media convey emotions, senses, and atmosphere. Along with On Century Avenue, we will cultivate a sense of community. I am proud of what I’m doing.

Henry Yuan Hao Shen’22

ys3426@nyu.edu

Computer Science

Chinese

Hello! It’s Henry from Shanghai. I’m currently a rising junior majoring in computer science. You may hold stereotypes of a geek guy constantly soaked in his own world in front of the screen, but that certainly doesn’t apply to me. I love traveling and am really into photography. Literally, I’m a “freshman” at OCA as I joined not long ago and is mainly here to figure out the tech problems of our platform. I definitely don’t write as well as other members here, but if you have any questions regarding our website or WeChat account, never hesitate to ask me! I really enjoy the experience of brainstorming and troubleshooting. Hope we can develop superb cooperation and dedication as a team growing up with OCA!

William Chengyu Zhang’23

cz1627@nyu.edu

Chinese

Hi everyone! This is Chengyu Zhang from Shanghai, a sophomore. Being a keen gamer, I have decided to work with computer technology. I found myself eager to achieve crazy ideas by learning and practicing new things. Though not yet to be called ‘professional’ in any of the fields, I am gaining knowledge and experiences constantly. One day, maybe you’ll try a game I made! I joined the OCA family as a member of the media committee, hoping to explore new fields, practice my skills working with websites, and also, meet people of the same interests. Looking forward to our future collaborations!

Russel Sy ’23

rgs361@nyu.edu

Filipino

Major: Business and Finance, Minor: Chinese

Hi everyone! I’m Russel and I was born and raised in the Philippines. I’ve been making films since high school and started creating my own music ever since quarantine started. I joined the OCA Media Committee in order to contribute to the process of video making, as well as music and sound design.

Neo Alabastro ‘24

neo.alabastro@nyu.edu

American

I was born and raised in Oahu, Hawaii. I have always had an interest in the process of creating media — In fact, there are videos of me at 7 years old doing toy reviews! I continued to refine my skills in visual and media production at my alma mater, Punahou School, video journalism program Punavision. I’ve been teaching myself piano for around five years now and I have experience in music production, mixing, and mastering. I look forward to creating more at OCA. Checkout my portfolio: https://rogetneo.wordpress.com/

Owen Jia 2024

oj2019@nyu.edu

Chinese

Hi guys!! I’m from Xi’an, Shaanxi province. I have not decided what to major in the future and I always wanna learn something new and cool. That’s also why I met you guys here and I hope to learn and have fun with each of you. Photograph and FCPX are apps that I would say I’m a little bit familiar with and I wish to develop my skills by working together in this OCA family. I also play basketball a lot. It’s so glad to meet you guys and share the same interests with me and hope we can have a good time!

Yujing Liu ‘23

yl6996@nyu.edu

Business and Finance

Chinese

Hi everyone! I’m Violet Liu from Beijing, China. I enjoy history, music, reading, etc. I’m happy to join this big OCA community and be able to know and learn from others. In the future, I am looking forward to contributing more to the Marketing and Media Committees. Meanwhile, I hope to share my skills such as art design and become more creative,

Aishya Rannan Elysia 2023

are337@nyu.edu

Business and Finance

Indonesian

Hello Everyone! I’m Aishya from Jakarta, Indonesia. I’m currently a sophomore majoring in Business and Finance. I love graphic design and visual art, and right now i’m trying to teach myself some motion graphic skills. I’m very thankful to be involved in the OCA Editorial and Media team, lovely to work with you guys!

Rindy Ding 2024

yd1546@nyu.edu

Film & television

Chinese

Hello everyone! I’m Rindy from Shenzhen, China. I’m a freshman majoring in film & tv production at NYU Tisch and a go-local student studying in Shanghai right now. I started to make films years ago and I would say I have a lot of experiences in directing, editing, light&sound designs. I’ve worked for my high school’s TV stations for years as well as in numerous film productions sets. I joined the OCA committee this fall, and I am really looking forward to working with y’all.

Jessica Dong 2023

xd652@nyu.edu

Chinese

Interactive Media Arts

Hello everyone! I’m Jessica from Henan, China. I am interested in various art forms, including music, fine art and films, but my favorite thing to do is drawing. I’m also teaching myself editing for a while and my favorite editors in Bilibili are DrFell and Man6on, go and watch their works if you are interested! I just joined the OCA this fall. I am looking forward to working with you guys and having fun with learning new things.

Jexi Lo 2023

jl10295@nyu.edu

Liberal Studies

Chinese

Hi y’all~ I’m Jexi from Xiamen, China. I’m currently in liberal studies for sophomore year and I’m considering transferring to MCC as my major. I love to be involved in student media because I feel like everyone is so creative and there’s so much I can learn from. I enjoy being an aimless flâneur in the city, trying new things and watching sunset. I hope I can make contribution to the committee!

Trisha Ng 2023

tkn236@nyu.edu

Business and Marketing

Filipino

Hello Everyone! I’m Trisha from Manila, Philippines. I’m currently a sophomore majoring in Business and Marketing. I enjoy taking pictures, video editing, and now I am currently getting into graphic design. I am far from being a pro at digital design, but it’s just something I find interesting. I’m really excited for what OCA has in store and I’m really grateful to be part of this committee!

Catherine Yang 2023

jy3078@nyu.edu

Media, Culture and Communication

Chinese

Hi, I’m Catherine Yang. I‘m a sophomore majoring in MCC and I am currently studying at NYU Shanghai as a local student. My hometown is Beijing, and I was born and raised there. I am also considering minor BEMT and Psych. Besides, I took a digital camera course in the first semester and I love it. My hobbies are singing and Hip-hop or K-pop dancing. I also learned a little bit of electronic guitar. Looking forward to working with the WeChat official account and assisting the video and photographs team in OCA.

Marketing Committee

Marketing  DIRECTOR:

Tamilyn Te

Filipino/Canadian

Business Finance with a Concentration in Marketing, Minor Chinese

2023

I’m Tami and I’m from Manila, Philippines! I am OCA’s Marketing and Communications Director

Valentina Dalmau Minguet

Spanish

Major: Business and Marketing, Minor: Chinese and IMB

2023

Hi everyone! I’m Valentina and I’m currently living in Barcelona, Spain. In my free time I like playing tennis, dancing and skiing. I am part of the Marketing and Communications Committee at OCA.

Lillie Yao

American

Interactive Media Business

2023

Hello:) My name is Lillie and I am from Washington D.C. I enjoy singing, dancing, eating, and hanging out with friends! I am part of the Marketing and Communications Committee at OCA

Violet Liu

Chinese

Business & Finance

2023

My name is Violet and I am from Beijing, China. I enjoy arts in a broad sense, such as history, paintings, and music. I am part of the Marketing and Communications Committee at OCA

Multilingual Committee

Multilingual DIRECTOR:

Engel Erendzhenova

Russian (Mongolian)

Biology

2023

Hi! I’m Engel, a sophomore here at NYU Shanghai. Apart from science, I enjoy reading and writing, which moved me to join OCA during the summer. What I love most about OCA is that it has a diverse community of the most inspiring people you can meet and that you are not restricted on what to write, as OCA encourages writing on whatever you are passionate about.

Multilingual Assistant DIRECTOR:

Ariana Alvarez

Ecuador / USA

2023

Hi everyone! I’m Ariana, a sophomore at NYU Shanghai. I didn’t really include my major as I’ve changed it various times throughout these past few semesters and I don’t want to confuse anyone anymore! I’m interested in everything from writing and politics, to coding and artificial intelligence. What I love most about OCA is the inspiring community and freedom to write! There is nothing better than exploring your interests and passions with a team that’s supporting you along the way!

Heidi Jung

Korea/USA

Social Science

2023

Hey guys! I’m Heidi Jung and I’m a sophomore at NYU Shanghai. I am planning to major in Social Science with a track of Psychology. I love communicating with people and learning about different perspectives – which is the main reason why I came to this school! I joined OCA last summer thinking that the new multilingual committee was interesting and I love how I have the chance to express my ideas to a wider audience by using different languages.

Bayarjargal Ganbold (Jono)

Mongolia

Business and Finance

2023

Hello! You can call me Jono and I am from Mongolia, a current sophomore at NYU Shanghai. I enjoy nature walks, coffee, exploring new food places, and digital arts. Also, I love learning about different cultures, listening to people’s stories, and being in a diverse community. I joined OCA to tell my own story in my own language while also being part of the amazing team! I really think it is a great chance to explore my own style of writing and expressing myself through it.

Business and Economics Committee

Business and Economics DIRECTOR:

Grant Asher Kind

American

Major in Interactive Media and Business, Minor in Global China Studies

Sophomore

I’ve always lived by the motto “if you enjoy your work, you’ll never really work a day in your life.” As Director of the Business and Economics Committee, I find joy and happiness in working with an amazing group of people that want to publish relevant and meaningful articles to the broader NYU Shanghai community. Aside from my work in OCA, I’m an avid, writer, artist, designer, and investor. I grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and I always had dreams of going to China in order to understand a perspective and culture that is vastly different from the one I grew up in.

Daiana Chen

American and Brazilian

Business and Finance

Sophomore

Hi! I’m Daiana, a sophomore majoring in Business and Finance. I was born and raised in Brazil, but I moved to New York when I was nine. As the Assistant Director of the Business and Economics Committee, I am very excited to be working in a diverse and tight-knit community with individuals who share similar passions as me. I hope to be able to bring more awareness to the NYU Shanghai community on current events topics related to business, finance, or economics. At OCA, I look forward to meeting new people and writing articles on topics that I am interested in. During my free time, I like to travel, explore new restaurants, watch dramas, and bake.

Violet Yujing Liu

Chinese

Business and Finance

Sophomore

I come from Beijing, China, a beautiful city with a profound history. Financial Street, located in Beijing, is the most influential financial center in China. Working there one day, it’s always been my dream. My interest in business and finance motivated me to join the Business and Economics Committee. Here I got to know a group of people who share the same goal of writing meaningful articles and help more people to know business-and-economics-related knowledge. We get to brainstorm, share ideas, and learn from each other. Besides OCA, I also like arts in a broad sense, such as history, paintings, and music.

Gwyneth Isman

Indonesian

Computer Science

Freshman

Growing up, my parents would often share their business stories with me as if they were bedtime stories. Later on, I continued to study business at school, which further developed my interest in the subject. If it weren’t for the early introduction, I might have not been able to enjoy it as much as I did; which is why I decided to join OCA’s Business and Economics committee! I am excited to work and learn more at OCA from amazing people who share similar interests. Just like how I was warmly introduced to the world of business, I hope I can also pique the interest of OCA readers in learning more about the business and economics world.

Chengang Zhang (Cheng)

American

Computer Science

Sophomore

I was born in China but grew up in New York. My interest in personal finance started when I learned about credit scores and building your credit. Soon after, this small interest in building credit extended to building wealth. Hopefully I can spark this interest in the readers of OCA to get into personal finance and to be more financially competent.