Jen Dang ('12) grew up in Chandler, Arizona, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Arizona. She shares,
"Choosing Arizona Law seemed like a natural fit for me - not only did I already call Tucson my home, but my brother (Chris Dang, '11) was already pursuing his JD there as well. I knew I would find a strong community of friends, colleagues and mentors at Arizona Law."
Jen acknowledges that she made life-long friendships at Arizona Law:
"I'm grateful to have shared the unique experience of law school with such incredible people."
She has great memories of her involvement in the Student Bar Association and says that she especially loved hosting Trivia Night every semester.
"As part of researching trivia questions, I learned to triple verify my sources, because law students are not afraid to argue the nuances of an answer!"
It's seems likely that this experience in pinning down the nuances helped pave Jen's path to her current position.
Her path after law school has not been a traditional one -- though she is in good company with the many graduates who seize interesting, unusual, and unexpected opportunities.
In fact, she knew by the time she graduated that she wanted to pursue something a little different with her Arizona Law education.
She moved to New York to pursue her dream of working in the fashion industry in some sort of editorial or communications capacity.
"I thought it would be difficult to convince potential employers to hire me since I lacked direct professional experience in fashion. Turns out, I was able to distinguish myself from other candidates based on the critical thinking, research, and writing skills I learned during law school, as well as my passion to dive into something completely different."
Jen worked for a small marketing and communications firm for a year before landing a role supporting internal communications for a major retailer (Ann Taylor). After a few years, she realized it wasn't necessarily the industry that drove her passion, but opportunities for challenge and growth. She is now the Manager of Corporate Communications at the airline JetBlue, headquartered in New York.
"In this role, I write communications for executive leaders and shape the internal communications strategy for our 22,000 crewmembers across the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America. Working at an airline is exciting, complex and constantly evolving -- no day is the same!"
But what about relaxation? Whether you knew Jen in Tucson or keep in touch with her now in New York, you may have a one time shared a pizza or taken in an Arizona game with her.
"I probably ate pizza at Frog & Firkin once every week in Tucson. Now I'm fortunate that there's a great pizza joint on nearly every block in New York!"
If you're in New York, she recommends catching an Arizona game at Finnerty's:
"It's a PAC-12 bar in the East Village where you can partake in some friendly rivalry with other PAC-12 alums."
Six years out, Jen's talent, versatility, and love of new challenges, combined with her Arizona Law education and business acumen, have taken her to unforeseen places. We're happy she's also a Wildcat for Life.
Enjoying Homecoming 2012.