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Hometown: Hefei, Anhui Province, China
Anhui University of Finance and Economics, China
How did you learn about NIU?
Through a program at Anhui University of Finance and Economics in China. I transferred from the university to NIU.
What has your experience inside the classroom been like at NIU?
The way teaching is here in America is quite different than the way it is in China. In China, there are a lot of people in one class. There are maybe like 100 students, but there is just one teacher talking up front.
We don't like to ask questions in class. It's part of the cultural difference. … But we come here and find there's only 20 students in one classroom, and it's free for everyone to ask questions. So, here, it's much better.
Would you recommend NIU to others and why? What’s a general piece of advice you’d give to someone starting college?
After one year, my strongest advice is that you don't stay in that comfortable circle … You need to have confidence to talk to people. That, I feel is a very big challenge.
What is up next for you after your time at NIU? Any career aspirations you would like to share?
A job or an internship. And I want to continue my studies. I'm going to get a master's and after this I think I will go back to China.
Where is your hometown?
China. My family is back home. We have traveled here, but no one lived here before me.
What is your favorite place to hang out in the DeKalb area and why?
After my 21st birthday, I went to Molly's once … I just got a beer and saw what people were doing.