Alumni Stories

Grace Shieh '78

Be persuasive. Have good communication skills and believe in yourself. Be perseverant. Do not allow the obstacle to alter your goals and don't procrastinate. Be passionate. Find a profession you enjoy and give back to society.
-Grace Shieh, 1978, MS-Applied Economics

How did UW-River Falls prepare you for your current job?
UW-River Falls provided me with the foundation for my professional and personal success. The economics graduate program had very high academic standards, which helped me establish high standards for myself in dealing with clients and projects.

How did your experience at UW-River Falls change your view of the world?
My experience at UW-River Falls changed my life profoundly. After receiving my undergraduate degree in Taiwan, it was my dream to pursue higher education in the U.S. With limited financial resources, this dream seemed impossible. However, I had the fortune of receiving a full scholarship to UW-River Falls that enabled me to fulfill my dream. In addition to my master degree in economics, I learned the essential guiding values of my life: quality, integrity and diligence. These values guide my choices and actions with clear direction.  

What is something that surprised you about UW-River Falls?
I was surprised by the support and personal mentoring I received. Without the support of Chair, Charles Kao, deans of graduate program, Glenn Potts, Philip Anderson and international student advisor John B. Hemann, I would not have completed my degree on schedule. 

How do you plan on using your experience at UW-River Falls to make a difference in the world?
Giving back to the university and to society is my philosophy. I enjoy supporting student academic scholarships and will support other needs of this great university as they arise. I also contribute to Doctors Without Borders, PBS and various charities. Additionally, I volunteer for nonprofit organizations by assisting under-privileged children, cancer patients, new immigrants and more.

UWRF Alumna Grace Shieh
Certified Public Accountant at Shieh, Lee & Company

Education before UWRF:
B.L. in economics from National Cheng Chi University in Taipei, Taiwan   

English, Mandarin Chinese, Taiwanese   

Favorite Book:
"The Alchemist" by Paulo Coehlho   

Favorite City:
Machu Picchu, Peru via Inca trails   

Favorite Newspaper:
Wall Street Journal   

Favorite Magazine:
National Geographic Traveler

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