Hongda was the first student from LC to participate in an immersion program in the Far-Eastern city of Vladivostok, a new LC overseas program in Russia at that time. As a result of successful networking through this study abroad program, he was hired by a Moscow-based consulting firm immediately after graduation as a client management supervisor. During his tenure at this firm, Hongda accumulated challenging and rewarding experiences which helped him get into a prestigious graduate program. Later Hongda enrolled at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the Center for Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies (CREES) at the University of Michigan, the school that is considered one of the nation’s leading institute for business and interdisciplinary research and training on the former Eastern bloc. Now Hongda is back in Oregon and works for Intel. He recently purchases his first house.