"Cornell students dream bigger dreams."

--Frank H.T. Rhodes, Cornell University Commencement, May 28, 1995

Monday, December 2, 2013

78. Christine Chang

New York, New York · Arts and Sciences


Tell us about what you're doing with your life.
Last year, Eric Withrow (my husband) and I were married at a destination wedding in Bermuda followed by a festive Chinese wedding banquet in Flushing. We enjoy life in NYC, and I work at an investment firm focused on hedge funds and private equity. I also serve as a Treasurer at Bottomless Closet NYC, a not-for-profit empowering women to be self-sufficient, as well as on the Trust & Estate Board of SUNY College of Optometry. I volunteer as a member of the Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network and as a mentor in Cornell's Alumni-Student Mentoring Program. I love to cook and celebrated my 40th birthday with a 70-person potluck party. I look back fondly to my days living as an expat in London, but recent trips have included our honeymoon in New Zealand, my annual Cornell KD reunion in VA, and visits with friends and family in MA and NC.

What is your favorite memory of your time at Cornell?

I will always be nostalgic for times studying while curled up in a cozy couch in the AD White Library overlooking Libe Slope – it was such a peaceful, idyllic time as a student at Cornell.

What extracurricular activity or hobby from your time at Cornell was the most meaningful?

Kappa Delta sorority fostered close relationships, enduring friendships, a network of friends I treasure.
Cornell’s Equestrian Program and Team – it was a dream to ride horses 3-4 times a week. I groomed horses in exchange for lessons and ride time and learned about horsemanship and discipline. Terrine remains one of the best trainers I’ve ever had.

What random or surprising encounters with Cornell or Cornellians have you experienced since you left?

Abby Joseph Cohen, renowned economist at Goldman Sachs – I met her 1) as a junior at Cornell during a teleconference during Johnson’s business school class 2) as a senior at Cornell at a student/alumnae women’s roundtable lunch in NYC, and 3) several years ago as a finance professional at a CFA Institute event in NYC.