Why did you choose University of Puget Sound?
I wanted a small, liberal arts school in a great location. I figured that college was the one time in your life where you can pick a place on the map and go there. I had never been to the Pacific Northwest, so I went to visit, and once I got on campus, I just knew I could spend four years here. Puget Sound also has an amazing Asian Studies program, which I was interested in. The one piece of advice I would give to students having a difficult time choosing is visit! Go to a class, stay overnight, and take advantage of the Campus Visit Program. I felt much more comfortable about my decision after seeing what it was like to be a student here for a day.
What has been your favorite course?
I took a Comparative Sociology class last semester called Sociology of Health and Medicine, taught by Ben Lewin. I had always been fascinated by the Health Care debates and by different countries' health care systems, but I believed that since I was not very good at natural sciences, I should choose a different field. After taking this class, I realized that there is a large field for social research in health-related disciplines, and I now plan to go for my Masters in Public Health.
What professor has especially inspired you during your time at Puget Sound?
Monica Dehart, a professor in the Comparative Sociology department. If you get a chance to take a class from her, don't pass up that opportunity. She is an incredible lecturer, but at the same time facilitates class discussions so effectively. I took a class about global development from her, and by the end of the class, we had done so much research on development theory that I felt comfortable formulating my own ideas on how to successfully aid underdeveloped countries in the final research paper. It was the first time I was asked to come up with something like that on my own, drawing from other sources, of course, but I felt like I could really become a social scientist at that point.
What is your favorite place on campus?
The Oppenheimer Cafe (the glass building) when it rains. It is so nice to curl up with a cup of coffee, take out a book, and listen to the rain fall down the sides of the building.
What is your favorite food in the Wheelock Student Center?
Artichoke, spinach, chicken, and sun-dried tomato pizza with a pesto base at the Cellar, hands down.
What advice would you give to a prospective student or first year about the Puget Sound experience?
Use your professors. If you are struggling with a class, go to your professor's office hours. They are always there to help you. Or, if you are really interested in a topic from a class, go get more information from them. Or, if you are struggling with what to do after college and want to know how to better prepare for it, ask them. They have definitely been there. Professors here want to get to know their students...and they give great recommendations later on!
What campus activities do you participate in?
I work for the Campus Visit Program as a tour guide and also in the Art Department as a T.A. for Printmaking. I volunteer as an International Student Mentor, and dance for Repertory Dance Group each semester. I also participate in Japanese theme house activities, such as making 1000 cranes to send to schools in Japan after the recent tsunami.
What quirky or fun thing do you wish you had known before you came to Puget Sound?
That college students love to act like kids...We like sidewalk chalk, ice cream sundae parties, Disney movies, and moonwalks. And, after you have been in the library for 8 hours working on a midterm, you will too!
What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?
Wonderful World by Sam Cooke