Hometown: Taichung, Taiwan
Graduation Year: 2015
Involvement at Wheaton: Club Volleyball, Summer Leadership School (SLS), Student Government Community Diversity Committee, Wheaton in the Holy Lands, RA in Fischer Dorm, ARD in Fischer (next year)
Why your major? I picked my major(s) by looking at a list of Wheaton's offered majors, crossed out all the ones I was definitely not interested in, left the maybes, and circled the ones that stood out: Philosophy, BITH, Anthropology, and Sociology. Now, I'm double majoring in Philosophy and Biblical and Theological Studies and am taking anthro/soc courses on the side. Though it seemed somewhat flippant at the beginning, I've increasingly realized the value of learning how to think, read, and write with the rigor that philosophy offers. Through my BITH major, I've been exposed to the complexity of the biblical world and the theologies that stem from this thing that we call the Bible.
Favorite class and what you liked about it: Yikes, this is hard. Three way tie for first: 1) "Suffering" with Dr. Talbot, 2) "Biculturalism" with Dr. Folch, and 3) "Asians in America" with Dr. Kim. I've enjoyed Dr. Talbot's class for the invaluable skills I have learned (reading, writing, analytical thinking) sprinkled with his incessant humor and gut-wrenching laughs. Dr. Folch is one of the most pastoral people I have ever met; she has given me the necessary space and prodding to point me in fruitful directions in fleshing out my ethnic identity. And Dr. Kim's refusal to pull punches and to call things as they are has been remarkably refreshing. Ask me again another time and I'll tell you about all my other professors too.
Favorite place on campus: Other than my room, which I consider my safe haven, I would have to say the Office of Multicultural Development. It's practically my second home; I sleep, eat, do homework, and hang out in there. It's been incredible to have it in such a central location on campus.
Free time activities: Reading for fun, trying to get out of Wheaton more (and into Chicago), I live a pretty predictable life.
One thing you wish you knew about college before you got here: I wish I knew how to give myself lots of grace before I got here. Being in a tough, competitive academic environment has forced me to learn this skill. I think having this awareness is crucial to one not taking oneself too seriously and to recognize that failures are part and parcel of the path towards higher goals.