International Student Profiles


Dongni Wang'15
China
Business and Personal/Financial Service
dwang@pugetsound.edu

Dongni Wang is from Chongqing, a major city in Southwest China. She gets involved in different activities including dancing, singing, playing piano, and volunteering for disaster relief services. During her international exchange program of peace salvage to the U.S. last year, Dongni had a chance to visit Puget Sound's campus and, as she put it, "fell in love with the university." 

Why did you choose to come to University of Puget Sound?
There are many reasons why I chose University of Puget Sound: high reputation among students, good learning environment, friendly and diverse community... I was deeply impressed by the home page of our school, especially the virtual blackboard where students can ask questions with colored "chalk". And I have found Puget Sound a place which fits me well.
What extracurricular or work experiences have you had at Puget Sound?
I haven't got any work experience so far but I am planning to have a job. Also, I will be a member of APASU and keep looking for other activities which interest me.
Are there any interesting things you would like to share about you or your experiences in the U.S./Puget Sound?
I had a great time with my yoga group in Orientation. I love my teammates and leaders, and we are still excited to meet each other on campus. So I want to say that different nationality and language are not barriers for friendship. And whenever I get a problem, there will always be a lot of people trying to help. I feel really good about that and want to help others as well... So please don't hesitate to ask me if you have any questions in learning Chinese. :)

 


Noah Bellier'15
France
Business
nbellier@pugetsound.edu

Noah Bellier is a French national, but he spent most of his life living in London, South Africa, and Thailand. He has traveled extensively with his family and has visited many locations and cultures over the years. With his love for sports, he has been engaged in various outdoor activities and often represents his high school in all soccer, rugby, swimming, and track meets during their competitions against other schools. His hobbies also include engineering and mechanics.

Why did you to choose to come to University of Puget Sound?
I've always wanted to go to a small liberal arts school because my whole life I've been in a school that has no more than 600 students. Plus Puget Sound has some rather interesting courses that I'm attracted to such as the Business Leadership Program. They also offer the course I want to major in - Communication Studies. There's also the fact that Puget Sound is on the west coast and here there are a lot of outdoor sports that I do. Some of these are downhill mountain biking, sailing, and rock climbing.
What extracurricular or work experiences have you had at Puget Sound?
I'm on the club rugby team (I've been playing for 4 years).
Are there anything else you would like to share about you or your experiences in the U.S./Puget Sound?
I've never lived in the U.S. before. This is only my 4th time here and I'm enjoying myself a lot. However, I'm going to have to get used to some of the customs here.

 

 

Kyung In (Kimberly) Kim'18

Korea

International Political Economy

kikim@pugetsound.edu

Kim is originally from Seoul, Korea. At the age of 8, she moved to Shanghai, China. There, she attended an international school and met many friends from all around the world. In her free time, she likes to paint, sketch, bake, play basketball, sing, and watch movies with her friends. She is passionate about civic engagement and volunteering activities, and is currently participating in a Youth Program at University of Puget Sound as a mentor for Tacoma public school students.

Why did you choose to come to University of Puget Sound?

Being raised in an international environment from a very young age, I always wanted to explore further and broaden my education experience somewhere outside of Asia. Also, I wanted to attend a liberal arts college to be in a close-knit community where I would have more chance to connect with the students and professors. So, University of Puget Sound was the perfect place for me. Moreover, the amazing nature in Pacific North West was a plus!

What extracurricular or work experiences have you had at Puget Sound?

I'm currently participating in Circle K, which is a group that devotes its time on volunteering and helping out in important community events (e.g. Aids Walk, Hunger Walk). Also, I'm attending yoga sessions every Wednesday or Thursday night - which keeps me in the "Zen mode" for all the hard-core academic work. As a dancer, I also chose to participate in a belly-dancing team - which is challenging, but fun.

Are there any interesting things you would like to share about you or your experiences in the U.S./Puget Sound?

I had wonderful experiences during the Orientation weeks. During the Passages part of the orientation, I traveled to Hood Canal - where I got a chance to witness the beautiful nature of Washington. Also, I had lots of fun on the day of LogJam, which was an event where all different clubs of the school set up their booths on the field and introduce their works and activities to the freshman students. Overall, the orientation was a very welcoming experience for me!