Michael Asmerom ’17, B.S. in Business Administration


Hometown: Bronx, New York

I love who I have become at the University of Bridgeport. The endless opportunities I sought out and obtained has helped me grow both personally and professionally.

Becoming an R.A. as a freshman was an opportunity of a lifetime. As a Resident Assistant, I learned time management, professionalism, and a responsible work ethic, and discovered how rewarding it was to impact students in a positive way. In my junior year I was elected the Ernest C. Trefz School of Business Senator  and met with Dean Lloyd Gibson to implement changes that my peers wanted to see. I also designed the first Ernest C. Trefz School of Business t-shirts, which I handed out at my town hall meeting. We were all full of school pride when we wore the t-shirt for the first time! My junior year ended with my successful run to be the Vice President of the Student Government Association for 2016-2017. I am excited to do great things with my senators this upcoming school year.

Last year I also started noticing how much food was being wasted at our dining hall and responded by establishing the first Food Recovery Network http://www.foodrecoverynetwork.org/ chapter at the University of Bridgeport. We recovered over 500 pounds of food during Spring ’16 semester, and donated all to the greater Bridgeport community.

I have so many stories like this. I always tell students that college is what you make of it. I have found that many believe it’s up to the University to give us a memorable student experience, but it is really up to us to make the best UB experience for ourselves.

I hope people look at my story and realize “UBecome” who you sought out to be!

Rui Chen ’11, B.S. in Business Administration

“When the company was planning to open some show houses for a luxury development, I was appointed as the person responsible for that development.”

I graduated from the University of Bridgeport with my degree in Business Administration in 2011. After graduation, I went back to China to work for a local real estate development company. I was given a lot of opportunities to enable me to work in different parts of real estate development. I worked in the sales department as a sales person, and then I got promoted as the market manager in marketing office of sales department.

Shortly after my promotion, I was given a chance to work in the technical department. First, I worked as an engineer assistant to check the process schedule and the quality of site construction.

When the company was planning to open some show houses for a luxury development, I was appointed as the person responsible for that development. I did a good job using the skills I learned at UB.

I designed other show houses and a company club for the main development of the company. I successfully completed the show houses with a budget 30% lower than the company’s upper limit requirement, while ensuring that quality of the show houses remains good. The show houses helped to close 10 deals for luxury apartments and houses in one month, which is 3 times the speed of regular sales speed.

I applied to NYU, Columbia University, and Florida University for my master’s degree. Professor Neil Jacobs and Professor Matthew Maron wrote me the reference letters. I got a GPA of 3.915 in undergraduate studies and a GMAT score of 730. With 2 years work experience, I got an admission letter from all of the three universities. Finally, I chose Columbia University.