How has the College of Arts and Sciences prepared you for your future?
Here, I have so many resources and learning opportunities. The courses are good and the faculty are interested in you learning. They train you to be an expert in your future field. The opportunities I have had, like researching in a lab, gives me an upper hand when applying for graduate school and looking for research opportunities in the future.
Why should other international students consider coming to Indiana?
Why should they study in the U.S.? For me, it’s been amazing. There’s so much diversity, both for academic research and in the kinds of people that are here. There is so much diversity on campus; I have friends from other races and backgrounds. Most of my friends are American, and this is another space to explore. There are so many Chinese students on the coasts—living in the Midwest is a totally different experience.
As for Bloomington, it’s a great small town. Coming from China, it’s a completely different experience. It’s the most beautiful campus, and it’s always good weather, which is nice coming from Taiwan where it rains all the time. Bloomington is a “college town,” and it’s a perfect place with really nice people.
Is it possible to sum up your experience here in one sentence?
To sum up: The whole experience has been magnificent. It’s just been too short. The whole experience has been magnificent.
I would want future students to know that being in the U.S. is not what it is on the news. You also have to look beyond the rankings – it’s the experiences that you have here and what you gain from them that is important for your future career.