Double major in Mathematics and Economics
Activities on campus
Tech support student tech, Chinese tutor, Financial accounting assistant, ICUC lab assistant, Club field hockey, Wheaton Investment Association, Yoga Club, International Student Association, Asian American Coalition
What led to your decision to attend Wheaton College?
Wheaton sits a little south of Boston. The location between Boston and Providence gives Wheaton students‚ superior opportunities to take advantage of both cities. In the beautiful town of Norton, Wheaton injects fresh ideas of teaching into its traditional academic curriculum. Students are encouraged to think, to talk, to express and to really do it.
Speaking of my decision to attend, I was attracted extremely by the many opportunities Wheaton has to offer. Students face a big variety of choices everyday. Wheaton’s curriculum comprises both depth and breadth; interesting classes easily take up your four-class schedule. Student clubs are well organized, too. You can start your own club if there isn’t already an existing club that interests you. Wheaton really gives me the idea that there is nothing you can’t do and there are many things available that you haven’t thought of.
Adjusting to Wheaton
The memory I have of the day I moved in deals with my laptop. Back then students used Ethernet cords in order to connect to the Internet in dorms (there is wireless now!) and my Ethernet port didn’t recognize the cord. I was worried because I needed the Internet for Skype to call my mom and tell her that I was fine in the U.S. I was freaking out by the fact that everyone else’s computer was working fine except mine. My preceptors (student leaders in the dorm), after knowing my dilemma, suggested bringing the machine to the nearest Apple store and they offered to go with me. Elisabeth, one of my best friends at Wheaton, offered me a ride. The little trip to the Apple store ended up being so much fun and we then became good friends. Wheaton people are just nice and are willing to help. This made my adjustment to Wheaton smoother than I expected.
Professors and Academics
I love all of the classes I have taken so far. My First-Year Seminar (FYS) professor, Evelyn Lane, is amazing. I thought that anything that dealt with history would be boring and monotone, but Professor Lane steps away from the stereotype of presenting and talking in class. I love her throwing thought-provoking questions into the seminar discussion.
Our trip to Boston Museum of Fine Arts impressed me the most. We were asked to give presentations of certain pieces of artwork in the museum and present them for fifteen minutes right next to the piece that we chose. I liked the idea of having presentations right next to the subject that I was going to talk about. This makes the presentation not merely a lecture, but also a visual communication. I, therefore, not only presented to and communicated with my audience, but the piece of art, as well. I had never had such a wonderful experience before and the trip opened for me the door of active rather than passive study.
How does the academic experience at Wheaton compare to what you were used to in your home country and/or in your secondary school?
I used to have time limited, in class, closed note-/closed book exams pretty much throughout my twelve years of education in China. The restricted exam place and shorter-than-needed time limits always made me feel nervous and reduced my exam quality. At Wheaton, however, students often have take-home and open book/open notes exams in addition to the take-your-time in class exam. By taking the exam home, I had the advantage to do it in a quiet and comfy place with no one repeating that the exam was over in ten minutes. I focus more on how to solve problems rather than on how to memorize answers when I have my books and notes open. The pressure-free exam reflects my ability more truly.
Wheaton connections offer more than inter-disciplinary study. Connecting courses from different areas of study stimulates students’ self-thinking. I studied the concept of truth tables in my physics class in terms of building electronic circuits, and logic class in terms of logical expressions. I found the two seemingly unrelated areas, physics and logic, rather connected to each other. I would like to put together what I learned in physics and logic classes to draw my own way of understanding truth tables. I am sure that is one of the goals the Wheaton connection program wants to achieve.
What do you think is important for prospective international students to know about Wheaton College?
Wheaton is like a stage. You can show whatever you have here and interchange it with your friends. You will feel yourself growing everyday. Wheaton is small and I always take its size as a good thing. Small is actually kind of big because you get to know the whole school and the whole school gets to know you. Maybe it sounds more awkward than it is, but won’t you feel popular when you know all the people that are walking by and simply saying “hi” to them?