Mengya Wang

The journey from China to Dominican for MBA student Mengya Wang has crossed the plains of central Kansas, climbed the high desert of eastern Washington and come to rest on the west coast amidst the magnificent terrain of Marin County and the San Francisco Bay Area.

“It’s been an interesting ride,” Mengya says. In a way, it’s been her destiny to come to Dominican.

Last year, Mengya was interviewing for a marketing firm in her hometown of Beijing. The firm, she learned, was affiliated with Nike Sports Camps-USSC in the United States and her manager noted that one of Nike’s sports camps was located at Dominican and the USSC office is in San Rafael.

“Are you serious? I can’t believe this!” Mengya said. “I had applied for and been accepted for graduate school at Dominican. It was my fate.”

Mengya’s manager said that since they were just starting the Nike Camps in Beijing, her student-athlete experiences in the United States would be beneficial to the firm, as well as to Chinese kids who are fascinated with sports, but have very limited resources to play in China.

It was volleyball that brought Mengya to America in the first place. She attended Beijing Shichahai Sports School in Beijing where her high school volleyball coach suggested she play at a junior college, Barton Community College, in Great Bend, KS. That move would allow Mengya to take English-learning classes and general education courses to ease her transition into NCAA Division I big-time college athletics in America. She was so skilled that Boston College, Oregon State, Louisiana-Lafayette and the University of Maryland recruited her.

However, her junior college coach found one more suitor – Gonzaga University. Mengya redshirted her first year in Spokane then played two seasons for the Bulldogs. A business major with a concentration in international business and Human Resources Management, Mengya was twice named to the West Coast Conference All-Academic Team before she graduated in December of 2012.

Mengya knew then that she wanted to continue her education and enter graduate school. She was accepted at the University of San Francisco and Chapman University, but chose to come to Dominican. She researched the University online then discovered that a friend of a friend had actually attended Dominican “and said really good things about it.”

When Mengya visited campus for the first she discovered that for herself. It’s only a 20-minute drive from the Golden Gate Bridge and the cultural diversity of San Francisco. In addition, Mengya was taken by the intimate beauty of Dominican – “the plants, flowers and buildings” – and amazed by the small class sizes that allow closer and more meaningful relationships with faculty.

Once on campus in August, Mengya didn’t waste any time making friends and connections. She already has met with Dominican volleyball coach Gayle Stammer, who has invited Mengya to help coach the team and practice with the players.

That’s when Mengya has spare time. She is pursuing her MBA in global management. She would prefer to secure a marketing position in the United States and travel to China on business and she knows how Dominican fits in. “It will be very beneficial for my future.”