• Ethan: A born leader, building his teams at IUP


    Interested in pursuing a law degree and MBA, Ethan Wang chose IUP over other schools for our Finance and Legal Studies major and honors college. Helping to revive a fraternity gave him important team-building experience -- and, more important, a team of friends.

    “Phi Delta Theta has provided me with a small-school atmosphere and a tight-knit group of friends.”

    As a future leader, Ethan Wang has it going on.

    The Finance major from Philadelphia chose IUP over several schools in the eastern part of the state, because he thought IUP would offer him everything he needed—the right major, an honors college that teaches him how to think and not what to think, and a bounty of student activities to keep him busy.

    “Going into IUP, I was a little nervous about the sheer size of the student body, having come from a small prep school that had about 500 students total,” he said.

    But after his arrival, he discovered a network of friends through Phi Delta Theta, a fraternity that a group of students had chosen to revive.

    “After initially learning about Phi Delta Theta, meeting some of the other potential members, and seeing the core values instilled in the organization’s roots, I could not wait to join,” Wang said. “This group has provided me with the small-school atmosphere and a tight-knit group of friends that I was afraid I wouldn’t find in a large state university setting. Joining has helped me become well-rounded individual, and it has given me the opportunity to meet new people, build lasting friendships, and positively contribute to the IUP community.

    “So far, we hold one of the highest combined GPA of any of IUP’s organizations and have clocked countless hours of community service, helping at activities on campus such as the latest blood drive as well as events in the local Indiana community like the 30-hour famine,” said Wang, who also has served as the fraternity’s treasurer and vice president.

    When he’s not conducting fraternity business, Wang turns his attention to the study of business. In addition to being enrolled in IUP’s Robert E. Cook Honors College, he also is enrolled in the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology honors program and is among his cohort’s leaders. That means he serves as a liaison between the students and the college’s administration.

    “Joining the business honors cohort has been one of the best decisions I have ever made,” he said. “The class sizes are small, which facilitates more instructor attention, and the pace is accelerated. I’ve found the information in my business classes to be applicable to the real world as well as highly interesting. We also take trips to places such as New York, Washington D.C., and even India.”

    Always seeking opportunities and experiences, Wang spent spring break during his freshman year volunteering at a meditation center in Vermont through IUP’s Alternative Spring Break program. He already has completed two internships, in the business office at Freeman’s Auction House in Philadelphia and with ARAMARK’s corporate office, and currently is seeking another in Philadelphia.

    Wang hopes to pursue a law degree and MBA. His career aspiration is to work in corporate law.

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