HOMETOWN: SHENZHEN, CHINA
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN (ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN)
STUDYING: BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING
Why did you come to the U.S. to study?
I actually came here for high school first and then college. My close friends were coming to the U.S. to study, and I heard good things about their experiences. I have always considered myself an explorer, excited to try new things and go to new places.
How did you choose the University of Michigan?
Since I went to high school in Michigan, I was able to visit the campus many times. I actually spent a summer working in the Michigan physics department and really enjoyed it. People I met here were inspirational.
How did you choose your major?
I was admitted to University of Michigan as an engineering student. I got interested in entrepreneurship during my first year and wanted to learn more about the business side of the story — and Michigan also has a great business program.
Do you live on campus?
Currently I live off campus in an apartment with a roommate. I lived in a school dorm my freshman year.
What’s your favorite campus place?
The Big House (football stadium)! With over 100,000 people together cheering for the Michigan Wolverines, that’s truly an unforgettable experience. This will be one of the things I miss the most after I graduate.
Do you ever feel homesick?
Yes! From time to time, I miss my parents and home. Talking directly to my parents really helps, and we talk regularly. Talking to friends helps too.
What’s your favorite American food?
My favorite would be the American style breakfast: sunny-up eggs, pork, potato, raisin toasts with a cup of fresh-squeezed orange juice.
What food or meal from home do you miss?
Dim sum. My hometown, Shenzhen, is famous for dim sum.
How do you spend your free time?
I get myself busy by going to activities, such as seminars or competitions. Other times, I really enjoy following TV shows and watching movies. I also play soccer during fall season.
Are most of your friends American or other nationalities?
I would say that I don’t keep a “count.” I make friends with people that I feel comfortable with, and that’s not limited by nationalities. I try to meet new people and make new friends whenever I can.
Who on campus has been most helpful to you?
My friends. I am fortunate to have so many great friends. They are there when I go through tough times. There is a saying in Chinese: Friends are as important as parents when you go far from home. This has been proven correct.
What surprised you most about the U.S.?
As I travel to various places in the U.S., I am surprised by the differences (cultural and more) I have seen. I guess this is what makes U.S. diverse and interesting.
What has been your biggest disappointment?
I am disappointed at people who judge my country with bias, when they have little or no understanding regarding our issues, and people who believe stereotypes about those from another country. Regardless, I appreciate the understanding and non-ignorant attitude my friends have shown.
What do you know now that you wish you had known before you came to America?
There are struggles and frustrations, especially when I need to be responsible for every aspect of my life when I’m here alone. But once I (got) through them, I found myself more prepared for life.
What are 3 pieces of advice you’d give to students from China about studying in America?
1. Be open-minded and say yes to new opportunities.
2. Don’t pick a school only because of its ranking.
3. Work hard and enjoy!
What are your post-graduation plans?
I plan to find a job or go to graduate school in U.S. I’m not sure which yet. I shall see what life brings to me.