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Gexu "George" Zhang

On the Road

By Joy Y. Wang

Spring 2014

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As Student Senate president, Gexu “George” Zhang ’14 was always on the go. When he was not in class or presiding over meetings at the Law School, he regularly raced down Morningside Drive on his 10-year-old LeMond road bike, bound for Central Park. “I enjoy biking in New York City because it allows me to go really fast,” he says, adding that he often logged more than 30 miles while zooming around the park. “Everyone else is a little slower because they’re running or biking more casually.”

Zhang, who intends to pursue a career in corporate law, confesses to a competitive streak. When asked what sparked his interest in that field, he answers without hesitation: “I like the fast pace.”

This past year, Zhang served as a summer associate in Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy’s New York City and Singapore offices, where he provided support on complex aircraft finance deals and other business law matters. He particularly enjoyed interacting with clients and colleagues, and points to that element of legal practice as one reason why he decided to pursue a career in law after studying physics and economics at Cornell.

At the Law School, Zhang applied his networking and organizational skills to his work with the Student Senate. He served as treasurer before becoming president of the group this past year, and he cites the organization’s fall blood drive as one of the events he enjoyed working on the most.

“Columbia University as a whole is ninth or 10th ranked in the city by annual amount of blood contributions,” Zhang says, with a smile that hints at his competitive nature. “I really want to see us move up in the rankings.”

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Photographed by David Yellen