HOMETOWN: DALIAN, CHINA
2016 GRADUATE OF BOSTON UNIVERSITY
MAJOR: ECONOMICS AND MATHEMATICS
CURRENT POSITION: APPLE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
Why did you come to the U.S.?
I’m an outgoing person, and I always like American education. While I was in high school in China, my parents decided to send me to the U.S. for higher education.
Why did you choose Boston University?
I love the city so much. Boston has great education, a long history, and is not overcrowded. The weather in Boston is similar to my hometown, so I thought I could adapt to the environment quickly. And Boston University is really close to downtown. I don’t feel like I only live at a school. I’m also a part of the city of Boston.
How did you choose your major?
I have been really good at math since I was a kid, but I also want to know how to use mathematical techniques in real life. Therefore, I chose the Bachelor of Arts program in Economics and Mathematics. I think math provides vast space for training of divergent thinking, and economic courses taught me how to research, sustain an argument and apply it to the real world. I was also a minor at the School of Management of BU, because I want to learn more about business and corporations.
What’s your current job?
I’m currently in the Leadership Program at Apple in Boston. It’s a 24-month immersion to learn about how to do a leadership position at Apple stores.
When it's time for a break, students head to BU "Beach" on the Charles River
What’s the most helpful thing you learned from BU?
I learned how to land a job through BU’s career center. I think the career center is the most helpful place on campus … but not many people use this place wisely. The tutors there helped me to revise my resume and to do mock interviews. They held many information sessions for different companies. I got my interview with Apple during one of the information sessions.
Which is your favorite spot at BU?
There is a grass field near the Charles River. We call it “BU beach.” It doesn’t lead you to the sea, but the view is incredible. When I have too many things on my mind, I like to walk along the river or just lie down on a sunny afternoon.
Did you ever feel homesick?
Not really, because I went back every year.
Boston University students take in the sights of the city as they walk down Commonwealth Avenue between classes. (Credit: Boston University)
What has surprised you the most about the U.S.?
Most people have good manners. I met many new friends here, and they are all very supportive, self-motivated, enthusiastic, strong-minded and open.
What do you do in your spare time？
I like making handmade crafts and great Chinese food. During holidays, I like making food and having a small party at home. Because of all the job interviews, I also started to enjoy doing makeup.
Any disappointments about the U.S.?
Not many leisure activities to choose after daytime. In China, I can go to karaoke, food-street, parks or go shopping at nights.. The Boston stores close too early.
How did you feel about the security on campus?
Sometimes I did feel terrified because of all the tragedies that happened around us, such as the Boston Marathon bombing and the UCLA attack. However, I felt secure for the most of my time because I trust the police department on campus.
What’s your advice for international students about the safety issues?
I don’t suggest you go out too late at nights. If you are going to live off-campus, I think it’s very important to pick a safe neighborhood. All of us should learn how to protect ourselves.
What’s your plan in the future?
I would like to continue working for Apple after the Leadership Program, but I also want to pursue my graduate degree in five years.
What are your suggestions on careers?
Don’t wait until graduation. If I could do it again, I would prepare early for the job market. During undergraduate years, there are many things you can do.
Throughout college, I have tried over 10 different internship programs and on-campus jobs. Like many other international students, I started with the simplest jobs on campus. For example, I worked for the admission office, professors, dining halls and mailrooms. Then I found out that I’m interested in the education field, so I landed a job as the student representative of Academic Policy Community (APC). I also tried to do internships in politics and finance, and I constantly revised my resume.
Are you following the news about the U.S presidential election?
I’m following it, although I can’t vote. I even did an internship related to it, because I’m interested in leadership and politics. Through politics, I can see the development of American society, government and political philosophy.
By YUE GUAN