Hometown: Yangon, Myanmar
Majors: Business and Math
Favorite tradition: Fall Formal
Yanpaing Oo ’11 does not remember much about his first days at Randolph College. After traveling 18 hours on a plane during that initial trip nearly four years ago, his memories of his introduction to the United States are a blur.
Oo, who calls Myanmar home, knew about the College from his sister, Nway Oo ’08. But adjusting to the language and cultural differences he found on campus was challenging and took him out of his comfort zone. “I wanted to learn as much as I could while I was here,” said the business and math double major. “And I wanted to do it on my own.”
Oo’s college years have revolved around embracing new experiences. He picked up his first tennis racket and joined the tennis team. In addition to volunteering with the Society of Physics Students, Oo has also been involved in the Pan World club, a student organization that promotes cultural awareness. This past summer, he and several other Randolph students worked in China for Energizer Holdings, Inc., the household and personal care products company. The partnership was created last year by Randolph’s president, John E. Klein. Oo’s internship provided him intensive hands-on experience in marketing. He also had the opportunity to practice his third language, Chinese.
“When I got to Shanghai, I saw that some of the things they were doing in marketing were the same things we had learned about in the classroom, and some things were not quite the same,” Oo recalled. “It was a chance to get work experience, and it helped me with my communication skills.”
Oo appreciated seeing Energizer management in action. “Every day, I could see how they were doing their jobs and how they were accomplishing their responsibilities,” he said.
Oo has also presented research at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference of Undergraduate Scholarship. “When I came here, I had not really spoken English much,” Oo said. “I never imagined I would be able to stand up in front of a group and give a presentation like that. I feel like I am lucky to be here, and I made the right decision to come here.”
He plans to work in business or finance before pursuing graduate school and earning his M.B.A. “After interacting with the people here and learning what I’ve learned at Randolph, I feel like I can do anything.”
Oo's photograph, "Old woman at a temple in Myanmar" took first prize in the Randolph College International Photo Contest.