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Lizzy LeClaire, '18 - Global China Studies
Enlightenment is a funny thing. You never know when it’s going to hit you. For Lizzy LeClaire, the moment of truth came when she found herself the only non-Chinese person in her Shanghai yoga class. The teacher was giving instructions in Mandarin and Lizzy, who was born and raised in Boston, understood what she was saying. “I’d been practicing my Mandarin, but this was a real litmus test,” says Lizzy, who is majoring in Global China Studies in order to gain an understanding of the country’s educational system. “For the first time, even as I was twisted into a pretzel, I felt accomplished and ready to go beyond the classroom.”
Kalkidan Fekadu Eteffa, ‘18 - Computer Science
I was born in Addis Abba, Ethiopia to a mother who beat the odds in attaining both her bachelors and masters degree. From my childhood to today, she has been the strongest woman I’ve met. Luckily, both my parents ensured that my sisters and I grew up knowing that we could pursue any route we wanted. While my sisters chose to pursue careers in medicine and art, I chose the path of computer science. I often jumped around in difference sciences, first taken by the interactions between atoms and molecules in chemistry. But I later found that I enjoyed the interactions between people and computers more--especially machine learning. A program that improves itself as it gathers more and more data fascinates me. Unfortunately, Ethiopia doesn’t have much infrastructure for computer science and rarely uses data efficiently for development. I plan to study machine learning and possibly advance the use of data analytics throughout Ethiopia.
Susan Xu, ‘19 - Neuroscience
I’m from Hangzhou. My Chinese name--Xinyi--means ‘peaceful heart,’ but more than that I have a curiosity for science and a passion for art inspired by the natural world. I work in different mediums, including photography and graphic design, and I find the best experience is when both science and art unexpectedly come together.
Lathika Chandra Mouli, ‘17 - Electrical Engineering
I’m Indian but was raised in Thailand. Home to me is wherever my parents are; and my parents were, in fact, my biggest motivation to go into Electrical Engineering and STEM in general. My mom is an Electrical Engineer herself, so watching her being able to quickly solve all sorts of problems with flawless logic was something I aspired to master myself.
Autumn Wu, ‘17 - Computer Science
I’m from Chengdu. I grew up interested in numbers, but although I loved science, some of my high school teachers tried to deter me, claiming that men were born to excel in science and engineering over women! I was desperate to study in a more diverse and open environment, and to prove my teachers wrong. After coming to NYU Shanghai, I chose computer science as my major, which I had never studied before. I fell in love with it.
Emma Quong, Media, Culture and Communication Major. Study Away Site: Shanghai
NYU Steinhardt student Emma Quong ‘19 studied away at NYU Shanghai during the fall semester of her sophomore year. Having set out to improve her Chinese language skills and learn about her heritage, the Media, Culture and Communication major soon found herself on a journey of self-discovery. She shares her favorite memories of Shanghai, from her dance and art classes, to a chance encounter in Shanghai’s art district.
Alexis Zerafa, Integrated Digital Media Major. Study Away Site: Shanghai
NYU Tandon School of Engineering student Alexis Zerafa studied away in Shanghai during fall 2016. An Integrated Digital Media major, she chose to document her time in Shanghai on film. Here she shares her favorite memories - and video - of living and studying in the city.
Justin Scholar, Film/TV Production Major. Study Away Site: Shanghai
NYU Tisch School of the Arts student Justin Scholar spent the spring semester of his senior year studying abroad at NYU Shanghai. Through the university’s studio art program, the Film/TV Production major discovered the art of Chinese calligraphy. He also learned to play the ‘guzheng.’ Here he shares his ‘life-changing’ experience studying abroad in Shanghai, and how it continues to inspire his work.
Changing the World with a Lens
Nicole Chan ‘17, an Interactive Media Arts major from Chicago, has harbored a passion for photography since high school and is now using her skills in fine art portraiture to be an advocate for social change.
Preparing for a Global Medical Career
Ann Fan Yang ‘17 used her study away year to take classes in Accra, Ghana, and New York, where she worked on a biomedical engineering project that aims to improve the postoperative monitoring process. The biology major from Portland, OR, shares her global story.
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