Jean Luo

University of Michigan & The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Education Counselor

What do you enjoy most about your work?

I enjoy most about being able to talk with students on life. I coach them through their next steps in life such as deciding on a career, finding a major, managing their time well, etc. Because I have to teach my students what each career is like, I also had to do a lot of research about what it is like to be an engineer, a lawyer, a doctor, an entrepreneur…which I also enjoy a lot.

What is a challenge or difficulty you face at work?

One difficulty is understanding where each family is coming from. Different family have their own unique formation, culture, aspiration about the child’s future and values. It is difficult to carry my job when my suggestions don’t match with their values while it was evident that the child would not be happy following the path set by their parents.

How do you see that the Gospel is or could be transforming your workplace?

I see the Gospel come to life when I counsel and pray for my students and their family. Many times when they are at the end of their choices, they come with a lot of confusion and anxiety, I see how powerful prayer is when I pray with them and their hearts get lifted from the stressful time. On the other hand, the Gospel is also changing my work culture as well. It is an environment where it was easy for strife and competition. But it’s exactly at a place like this that the light can shine.

What is one piece of advice you would give to those that will enter the workplace in the future?

Be bold and speak up, God’s got your future in his hand. You CANNOT mess it up. Be a good witness in every little thing. Be on time.