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. :)

 


A
kinaka Miura
Japa
n
Physical Therapy
akinakamiura@pugetsound.edu

Akinaka Miura is a graduate student at the School of Physical Therapy. He has always had a strong interest in the human mind and body and believes that a healthy mind resides in a healthy body. To Akinaka, becoming a physical therapist is rewarding as the career satisfies his desire to gain knowledge about the human body and mind as well as to help and connect with people. His career goal is to instill an understanding of physical recovery and an appreciation of positive thinking through different fundamental components of physical therapy. 

Why did you choose to come to University of Puget Sound?
I chose to attend University of Puget Sound because of the physical therapy program. I wanted to stay in the Pacific Northwest for graduate school and decided to move down to Tacoma from Seattle. I also liked the small private school environment and the quiet neighborhood around the campus.
What extracurricular or work experiences have you had at Puget Sound?
I'm currently playing intramural soccer and volleyball and am a member of the Student Physical Therapist Association.
Are there any interesting things you would like to share about you or your experiences in the U.S./Puget Sound?

This is my 13th year in the U.S. I attended middle and high school in Portland, OR and graduated from Seattle University with a biology degree in 2008. Living in the Pacific Northwest gives me lots of opportunities to interact with people with diverse backgrounds and have different cultural experiences. I am hoping to explore Tacoma and learn more about the city and people.


Noal 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.