Suzy Shin ’14: Exploring New Perspectives
"I may not pursue journalism, but I still want to help others. Finance is another interesting way for me to help communities in need."
Columbia University student Suzy Shin has a unique perspective on life in the United States—and her appreciation for the power of multiple perspectives is what initially inspired her to pursue journalism as a tool for advocacy.
Suzy has been passionate about journalism since her time at Fay, when she was editor of The Moosepaper, Fay’s student-run newspaper. She brought this interest with her to The Hotchkiss School, where she became the founding editor-in-chief of The Hotchkiss Record. She currently writes for The Columbia Daily Spectator.
Suzy has loved her time in New York City and is energized by going to school in such a diverse environment. She has been particularly struck by the multiple perspectives she encounters in the city and the hardships faced by so many. “Living in New York and going to Columbia have made me very conscious of how lucky I am,” she says, “and that lesson has informed what I want to do in the future.”
For Suzy, college has been the perfect time to explore new ideas; now, those new ideas are causing her to rethink her plans to be a journalist. “Columbia has given me a fresh perspective on life,” she says. “I thought I was going to go into journalism, but now, I’m not sure if writing for The New York Times is the best way for me to contribute my skills.”
Through her work on the Business and Innovation Team at The Columbia Daily Spectator, Suzy has become fascinated by the world of finance and how sustainable development and renewable energy could be tools to improve lives around the world. This past summer, she interned with Macquarie, a financial services firm in Korea. “They are doing interesting work with sustainable development and bringing economic infrastructure to communities in need,” she says.
While Suzy’s career goals have shifted, her primary objective remains the same—to advocate for those who have not had the same opportunities that she has enjoyed. “I may not pursue journalism, but I still want to help others. Finance is another interesting way for me to help communities in need.”