Hometown: Shenzhen, China
Major: Undeclared, most likely Elementary Education
What’s been the best part of the first semester of your freshmen year at Wheaton?
My favorite part about Wheaton so far is its Christian community. Throughout my first semester, I made some wonderful friends in Wheaton, and it was always so enjoyable to spend time with and talk to these amazing people. We shared our highs and lows with each other, supported one another, and shared about how God had been active in our lives. I am so grateful for the wonderful people God had put around me in Wheaton.
What were your top highlights from your first semester?
- I went to Chicago with a group of friends on one Saturday. In the nighttime, the city was so beautiful with colorful lights. We didn’t have any specific plans, and we just strolled along the Chicago River with a gentle breeze blowing by, chatting with each other in leisure. That was probably the best night I had in my first semester.
- My biggest highlight of the first semester was the evening before Thanksgiving break when I finally finished a research paper. For a whole month, I had been feeling very stressed and exhausted about all the papers I needed to write, so when I finally finished that research paper, which was the last paper I needed to write before Thanksgiving, I just felt so relieved and excited. I was so excited that I literally ran from the library to the cafeteria, and, like a mad man, shouted in joy along the way. Man, I can never forget that moment.
What was your favorite class this Fall and why?
My favorite class last fall was CORE 101, which is a requirement for all Wheaton students. Throughout this class, I learned about important concepts about spiritual formation and Christian liberal arts education and wrestled with the question “What is the Good Life?” What I learned from this class benefited my spiritual life significantly.
What’s your favorite restaurant/shop in Downtown Wheaton and why?
My favorite restaurant in Downtown Wheaton is a Vietnamese/Chinese restaurant called Luong Loi. Being away from China, which is my home country, I would sometimes miss Chinese food, and this restaurant give me a chance to eat some pretty authentic Chinese food with reasonable prices.
What’s your favorite menu item at Anderson Commons?
My favorite food at Anderson Commons is probably the “special” salad provided every Tuesday for lunch. It is essentially salad mixed with meat and “special” dressings, but Wheaton students all love it so bad. The line of this special salad bar always goes crazily long.
What is your favorite study spot on campus and why?
My favorite spot to study on campus is definitely the second floor of Buswell Library. I always like to study by myself in a quiet environment, and the second floor of the library is the ideal spot for that. There are many individual desks along the window, where I can sit by myself without being disturbed and therefore stay focused on studying.
If you could go back and tell yourself one piece of advice during the college search process, what would it be?
I would tell myself to keep in mind the number one important thing I want my college to have and pick my college based on that.
Share some words of encouragement for admitted students.
Choosing a college can be really overwhelming. Upon making this big decision, I hope you can pray to God earnestly and ask for His guidance. If you feel like Wheaton is the place that God prepares for you, congratulations! I’m sure you will have a great time in this Christ-centered, academically rigorous college with a wonderful Christian community.