Friday, September 14, 2012

2012 Grad Now Works as a Financial News Reporter


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Graduates like Ivy Yang (LS '10, Steinhardt '12) help make NYU the global university it is today. Ivy was born in Wuhan, China and moved to Los Angeles when she was 10 years old. She began her freshman year at NYU in Florence through the Liberal Studies Program, and upon graduating in 2012, Ivy became a Financial News Reporter for Wall Street Multimedia, providing U.S. and Chinese financial news.


NYU Arts and Science Alumni Relations: What led you to starting your academic career at NYU’s Florence location?

Ivy Yang: I thought about taking a gap year before starting NYU, and Liberal Studies offered the option to study in Europe, so I thought it was the perfect opportunity for me to be able to start my college career and do some traveling at the same time. Also, I took an art history class during my high school senior year and loved it, so I chose the birthplace of renaissance to embark on my journey—and I’m so glad I went.

Alumni Relations: How did the Liberal Studies program influence your academic and/or professional direction?

Ivy: The professors I had in Florence are wonderful and the classes are small and intimate. My professors took their disciplines really seriously and went the extra miles in order for us to experience something—whether it is to go to the Uffizi and look at a Botticelli close up, or organize a private viewing of the Medici library, or take us all the way to Fiesole to act out Aristophanes in the ancient theater—and these unforgettable experiences shaped my perception of the world and continue to influence me now. And most importantly, the mentorship-mentee relationship I was able to build with some of my professor and the guidance and support they have provided me during my time in New York have been tremendous.

Alumni Relations: Can you talk a little bit about what you’re currently doing with Wall Street Multimedia and the show you're on?

Ivy: Wall Street Multimedia is an independent content production company that specializes in financial news. The subsidiary, Counterpoint Media, is a recent development and aims to provide a bilateral platform for the U.S and China to communicate about sociopolitical and economic issues, and to bring to light the untapped potentials between the two countries through cooperation. The show that Counterpoint Media is producing, Channel C, is divided into three segments, and I am hosting the segment “FastTrack” that focuses on the broad social exchanges between U.S. and China. My goal is to present interesting view points and developments that are currently undergoing in China.

Alumni Relations: How did the opportunity to become a Financial News Reporter come about?

Ivy: I applied to the job on Careernet with the initial hope to practice my Chinese more, although I’m fluent in conversational Mandarin, but to write and articulate my thoughts in a professional manner was something I needed to work on. It was really difficult in the beginning, because it takes me a long time to translate content from English to Mandarin, especially when I had to learn the financial lingo and concepts first. But it’s very rewarding at the end of the workday, I walk out of the Stock Exchange and feel accomplished because I learned something new.

Alumni Relations: Is this your first time in front of the camera? What’s it like?

Ivy: My first time was doing an interview on the trading floor, and the trader I was interviewing had a stern look on his face. I fumbled my cheat sheet of questions to ask, and listened through my headphone to the control room’s cue to go, and I thought to myself oh man I’m going to make a fool of myself.

But it was alright—yes, my voice trembled a little bit when I said my opening line, and I was barely listening to what the trader had to say because I was so nervous about remembering my next question…but no the world didn’t end, and that was the beginning of many more.

Alumni Relations: Have you ever experienced culture shock or an epiphany about a certain aspect of a foreign culture?

Ivy: My advice is that the first phrase you should learn is how to order gelato in Italian, and say it really well so vendors won’t charge you 8 Euros for one! In the more touristy areas in Florence, the restaurants and cafes don’t have price boards, so if you just order without asking the prices first, you are likely to be bamboozled.

But living in a foreign country, everything either teaches you lesson, or inspires or sparks a new idea. It’s all about having an open heart to embrace whatever experience you come across.

Alumni Relations: So what’s next for Ivy? What direction do you see your career taking you in the future?

Ivy: Eventually I want to go back to China so I can be closer to my family. But other than that, I’m open minded about where the future leads me.

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