From Chicago to Shanghai

Zuriel chose UIC for its proximity to home. Then he discovered the joys of international travel.

For Zuriel, choosing UIC was a “no-brainer.” Not only did the university offer the city’s best undergraduate program for business, its location for a lifelong Chicagoan was ideal.

He didn’t stay close to home for long, though. Determined to make the most of his college years, he spent the summer after freshman year in Shanghai, interning with a logistics firm and studying business and Chinese. He enjoyed the experience so much that he traveled to Australia and Brazil the following year

“I’m a first-generation college student. By studying abroad on three continents, I broke down barriers for my community and opened doors for myself,” Zuriel said. “I wouldn’t be who I am right now if it hadn’t been for those four years at UIC.”

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Major: Business Management

Minors: Analytics, Chinese

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