Scholar of the Month
The first cohort of WIDE Scholars have graduated, and they are beginning to embark on their careers. Take a moment to get to know a little more about our future workforce.
John Jay College (2022)
What inspired you to pick your current major?
I took a roundabout way to my current major. Growing up, I was a massive fan of baseball and MLB. I always understood the rules of the sport but wanted to learn more about the statistics of the game. So, I went into my major attempting to understand the underlying math and statistics behind the sabermetrics of baseball.
How has being in the ARF WIDE Program affected your career path or university studies?
ARF WIDE allowed me to delve into the world of advertising and research. I grew up a massive fan of baseball and MLB. However, as I got older, I noticed that especially compared to other sports, MLB was notoriously terrible at marketing the game and the players to a younger audience. ARF WIDE has allowed me to pursue internships and jobs at a place like Ipsos, so I could learn about ad campaigns and what makes them succeed or fail.
What are your career plans after graduation?
After graduation I am committed to a full-time position at Ipsos as a research analyst.
If money was no object, what would your dream job be?
My dream job would be either a General Manager or Scout for the New York Mets.
Where do you see yourself in five to ten years?
I usually do not plan or look that far ahead, but I do hope by that time to have advanced professionally in Ipsos to some sort of account manager or work in the field of baseball.
What is your favorite hobby? Why do you enjoy it?
My favorite hobby is either sitting at home watching movies or being at Citi Field watching the Mets play. I’ve talked about it a lot already, but as a kid my life revolved around MLB. Sports saved me in ways I cannot describe, and with the state of the world, the one place I can feel at peace is at the ballpark watching my favorite team play.
What’s something you’d tell your younger self?
Honestly, there is nothing I’d say to my younger self. Everything I’ve done, from my successes to my mistakes, is all a part of who I am. Every action and choice I made led me to where I am today, and it is a place where I am truly satisfied. I wouldn’t want to change a thing. Although, maybe I’d say something about not needing to fit in because all that did was hold me back from finding the people most important to me earlier.
Learn how WIDE has impacted Sean Wong’s career development.
To get involved or learn more about WIDE, please contact us at WIDE@thearf.org.
ARF WIDE is a program of the ARF Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)3 tax exempt charitable foundation. Contributions to ARF Charitable Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.