Ariel Ling

  ariel ling


Graduated: May 2014 Hometown: Palo Alto, CA

Major: Marketing

Three Words: Optimistic, Vivacious, Innovative

Why USF?

I chose to attend USF because it was a Jesuit institution. When I first looked into what type of learning environment I wanted to have in college I recognized that smaller classes, strong professor-student relationships, and a close knit community were the top three things I was looking for and USF was able to offer me all three of these things.

USF Involvement:

  • Electoral Governing Board: Vice Chair of Marketing

  • Residence Hall Council: Floor Representative, Vice President of Hayes Healy

  • Residence Hall Association: National Communications Coordinator, Director of Marketing

  • Kappa Alpha Theta: Event Director

  • GO Team: Orientation Leader

  • Peer Advisor

Benefits of Involvement:

Three of the biggest benefits of getting involved for me were 1) making long lasting friendships and connections with both students and staff 2) discovering my leadership style and having the ability to improve it with each and every new role 3) being a role model for others and watching those other students get involved


When defining leadership I always refer to the USF value "taking seriously how and who we choose to be in the world;" I believe that leadership means being a role model in the face of adversity and having the ability to choose between the right choice versus the easy choice.

Advice to First Year Students:

Take risks. The best way to get involved is to take a leap of faith: join a new organization or maybe even start your own organization! Take full advantage of the resources at your fingertips.

Favorite Place in City: Palo Alto

Random Fact: I climbed an active volcano in Antigua, Guatemala. One month later it erupted.