Jenny Kha

Jenny Kha's power portrait

Dean's Scholar

Major: Business Administration/Marketing
Lucas College and Graduate School of Business

Why did you choose your major?

I chose my major because of a pathway that I had in high school that related to business. The pathway was called the Finance Academy, but it exposed to me many sectors of the professional world. In high school, I had an internship with PwC in San Francisco, and worked mainly with the human resources department with small projects. Later, I was given the opportunity to talk to a marketing partner, and she ultimately helped me decide that marketing was what I wanted to do. 

What does receiving this particular award mean to you?

This award is a great honor. It helps me feel like my hard work and late nights have all been worthwhile. Being a dean's scholar truly means the world to me. It shows me that I have been recognized and that there are others (like Malu!) who appreciate my motivation and accomplishments. 

Who has had the greatest influence or impact on your life?  In addition, tell us about a SJSU faculty member who contributed to your academic success.

The person who has had the greatest influence on me is my older sister, Wendy Kha. She continually motivates me with her words of encouragement and her own accomplishments. She doesn't know this, but she has had to go through many hardships in order for things to be easier for me. I believe that every internship that I have ever obtained and will obtain, and every difficulty I have overcome, has much to do with her influence. She definitely is one of my biggest role models and influences. 

One faculty member who has contributed to my academic success is Malu. She has always been very open to talking to me even though she has an extremely busy schedule. There was a time when I had considered changing my major because I was feeling lost. I caught Malu right before she had a meeting. She took the time and talked with me about my concerns and even referred me to some people I could talk to in order to make sure that my decision was the right one. She really has been one of my biggest supporters, and I'm very grateful that I have her in my life. 

Describe an experience that has shaped who you are today.

Oh my gosh! There are so many. I think one of the biggest defining points that made me who I am today was in high school. I sat down with my parents one day to tell them that no matter how hard I was trying I really couldn't get the grades and results I wanted. My mom promptly told me that I wasn't trying hard at all. She told me that she saw me fooling around and watching TV, not really focusing on school work. She told me that if she saw me truly being devoted to school, she would know. I spent the night crying because I believed my own mother didn't even believe the effort I was putting into my school work. It took me until my senior year, when I was juggling extracurriculars, three AP classes and college applications to realize that she was right. There was so much time wasted on just relaxing and fooling around, that I should've just placed myself in a more focused, driven environment. After getting my act together, I passed all of my AP tests and also got into all the colleges I had applied to. It was truly a defining time in my life. 

What would you say to other students to encourage or inspire them to attain academic excellence?

I would say: Look to others to inspire you to be the best version of yourself. You will see how much others believe in you and how much they love you. Then, you will realize how much you should love yourself and the people around you. The good influences in your life will keep pushing you to be the best you can be, and they won't do anything to discourage you or make you stray. It's up to you to take care of yourself in the future.  

What makes you a Spartan?

What makes me a Spartan is the army that's behind me! All my friends, classmates, mentors and faculty members -- they're behind me 100 percent in order to fight the battle that is life. 

Nominated by Associate Dean Malu Roldan
“Jenny is a peer leader in our student success center and an officer of the Marketing Association.”