By Troy Wilde
February 23, 2016
Already reporting for USA Today, Jenny Ung is a 20 year old junior at Arizona State University (ASU) pursuing a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She has covered stories such as the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Jenny credits college and journalism with helping her to overcome extreme shyness.
She explains that being shy made transitions during her childhood pretty hard, “I remember moving to Phoenix from the Los Angeles area and starting the sixth grade and having a really hard time making new friends. Thankfully, attending ASU has helped me make a lot of new friends and being a journalist requires me to interview people I don’t know – and that has helped me to open up a lot.”
Jenny adds that the success advisers with College Success Arizona are a good resource, “I’ve had about three advisers and they have all been so incredibly helpful – providing recommendation letters and advising me on what I want to do, and just checking up on me.”
Jenny says the scholarship from College Success Arizona has been instrumental in her college experience, “If I hadn’t gotten this scholarship, I’m not sure that I would have gone to Arizona State. I might have attended a community college instead – so, it’s really opened up possibilities and opportunities.” She adds that the scholarship has helped keep her debt to a minimum, “The only loans I have were taken out to pay for my internship with USA Today in Washington, DC.”
Jenny’s parents always expected her to do well in school and earn a scholarship or two, “My mom and dad are nail technicians so we didn’t have the money to pay for my college. They set high expectations for me and I believe that their encouragement helped me do well in school and succeed in earning the College Success Arizona scholarship.”
So far as the future, Jenny expects to graduate from ASU in 2017 and hopes to work as a print journalist covering politics and international events.
For students considering college, Jenny says:
“I think everyone is different. At this point it’s completely okay to not know what you want to do. But it is good to have some type of interest that can help propel you forward.”