Ziqi Zhao

Tell us about how you chose your major.

I came to IU with an interest in studying business, but after a semester of classes, I knew it wasn’t for me. I was really nervous about changing my major, because my parents were such an important part of the process for me, and I didn’t want to disappoint them. My advisor was a big help when making this decision.

For a while at one point, I doubted if I should really be here, and I considered transferring. But in the end, the decision I made was the right one for me and a positive decision, and I’m really glad I did it.

You’ve gotten to be involved in several things outside of the classroom. Tell us about those opportunities.

One of the most interesting things I do is my internship. I work at the Student Academic Center where I teach as a peer mentor for a class of all freshman. The class is about transitioning from high school into university, so it talks about study skills, time management, etc. It’s a really great opportunity.

I am also a volunteer at Middle Way House, which is a local organization that helps survivors of domestic violence and abuse. I’ve been involved in that since my freshman year.