I am Nikki Kaing, and I am super ecstatic to head off to Dublin this May! I would consider myself to have a rather straightforward, yet easygoing type of personality. I have always thought of myself as an independent, upright person which may initially scare people away, but I do tend to laugh and joke around a lot. After all, nothing makes me happier than to have a light-hearted conversation and atmosphere. I’m quite fond of photography and creative writing, as well. I carry a Canon T-6 Rebel and I am excited to take photographs while abroad. I love reading classical, psychological and historical literature. I’m already thinking about which books to bring with me! In terms of academics, I am a junior majoring in finance; however, I will be starting my first year in law school this upcoming fall. My interests lie throughout a variety of disciplines, such as Corporate Law, International Law, Health Law, and Criminal Law. My curiosity has only pushed me forward to learn new, intriguing material and every day something new is learned. My lifelong wish in my academic career is to obtain my Juris Doctor degree and teach as a professor at a university. Pursuing my Ph.D. in finance is another academic ambition on my list. My professional experience begins with being a manager for McGraw-Hill Education’s Student Ambassador Program in which I manage roughly 30 students across the United States. In addition to that, I help my parents with their own shop as a sales clerk during school vacations.
The International Internship Program (IIP) in Dublin, Ireland was my chosen program. I specifically selected this program because I wanted to spend my summer vacation resourcefully as well as experience something new. I have never been able to go abroad before, hence I wanted to place myself in a country where it would be a good transition for someone traveling abroad for the first time. Though I like the bustling atmosphere of a populated city, like Philadelphia, I think it would be a good change of pace for me to experience another environment that is growing in the world. Furthermore, I will be able to live independently and learn even more by observing new cultures as well as speaking with locals. I hope the program gives me insight into myself and encourages me to think differently in both personal and academic settings. Any professional experience is appreciated, especially if it is in a foreign country. International experience is becoming more and more valuable and I could not be happier to be able to be a part of it. I hope I can apply what I learned in the workplace to every situation and occupation I encounter whether it be social or professional.
Before I embark on my academic and professional journey through law school, I have no doubt that this program will strengthen me, even more, to prepare myself for the future as well as give me time to enjoy my summer and be at peace with myself.