Mingjing Lim

Class Year: 

2009
Hometown: Singapore, Singapore

School: 

Raffles Junior College

Language: 

Japanese
Academics aside, I truly enjoyed the social aspects of Penn and was actively involved in several co-curricular activities: the Penn Singers, a musical theater company; Latin and Ballroom dancing; and organizing events as part of the executive committee of Club Singapore. I even took a clay-wheel throwing class, resulting in a whole array of ceramic pots and vases that were displayed on the shelves in my room.

What originally attracted Mingjing to the Huntsman Program was the opportunity to earn two degrees, but she was also intrigued by the international aspect of the Program. Coming from Singapore, Mingjing would essentially be studying abroad twice: once by coming to the United States and then again through Huntsman's study abroad requirement. Though she could easily have targeted her native language, Chinese, Mingjing chose the more challenging path of studying Japanese. She successfully gained fluency in the language, culminating in a semester abroad at Hitotsubashi University.

On campus at Penn, Mingjing discovered a love for musicals. She had been trained as a classical pianist, so when she began playing piano for Penn Singers, a student performing arts group, she was new to musicals. The group became one of her favorite activities and during her last semester at Penn, she served on the board and managed the orchestra! As a board member of Club Singapore, Mingjing helped organize a daylong conference called Diaspura, which ended with a musical in the evening. The musical was written, produced and acted by Singaporeans and friends of the club. Huntsman's Wharton Faculty Director, who was involved in the founding of Singapore Management University, opened up the conference. A year after graduating from the Program, Mingjing returned to campus to attend the second Diaspura.

As it turned out, Mingjing's final semester in the Huntsman Program was her semester abroad. She wrote her senior thesis while studying in Tokyo and calls it her "proudest academic achievement at Penn." Mingjing conducted primary research on electricity deregulations in the Japanese market and corresponded with her thesis advisor back on campus at Penn. In the end, her advisor was so pleased with the paper that she encouraged Mingjing to submit it for publication!

As the recipient of a scholarship from the Singaporean government, Mingjing was fully funded for four years of overseas study. She wanted to further pursue her interest in economics, so she accelerated her graduation in order to spend her fourth year earning a Master's degree at the London School of Economics, where she is currently studying. After completing her coursework in England, Mingjing will return to Singapore to work for her home government, probably in the field of economic policy.