Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies / Chinese
Student Commission (Parliamentarian), Peer Leader, Study Abroad program (CET) Campus Ambassador, Frelon
Distance (miles) from your hometown to K?
Favorite spot to study?
Outside next to Humphrey House or FAB
Favorite thing about the city of Kalamazoo and why?
I love downtown! I love exploring the different restaurants, seeing WMU’s orchestra in a fancy old theatre, seeing famous keyboardists, etc. Even my favorite comedian performed at the State Theatre, which is within walking distance from campus.
Favorite guilty pleasure food in the Caf?
Quite honestly the vegan and vegetarian options are my favorite.
Favorite season in Michigan?
Kalamazoo has a lot of fun fall activities from haunted forests to apple-picking and pumpkin-picking places. It’s fun to get out and explore the area around the College, and I especially enjoy taking my out of state and international friends to distinctly Midwestern places!
Favorite part about study abroad?
Studying abroad in a developing country was challenging in a number of ways, but it led to a lot of personal growth and changed perspectives when I came home. Imagine returning from China to find that your tiny town in northern Michigan seems more foreign than the streets of Beijing!
Something random that no one would guess about you.
I rode a one speed collapsible bike 100 miles from Beijing to the Bohai Sea one November weekend while on study abroad. A friend and I accompanied a Navy guy on our program whose goal was to run 2011 miles in 2011. We made a documentary about the experience and were featured in a national English newspaper based in Beijing.
Favorite piece of K gear?
My lanyard. It says “I used to be a soda bottle” and “Kalamazoo College.” I bought it the day I moved in first year and have used it every day since.
Random thing you want to do this next year?
Bake a loaf of bread each week of school and blog about it.
If you could have any profession, what would it be?
Don’t tell anyone, but… I want to be a food and travel writer!
If you could go anywhere, where and why?
Iceland and Norway are at the top of my list, but something tells me I’ll make it to India first. Ideally I’d like to move to Hong Kong after graduation.