Class of 2019

Yutong Liu
Lillian Claire Mason
Jiaying Qian
Rouchen Sun
Kwan Ho Herman Tong
Minyan Wang
Kaiwen Wei
Kangxin Wu
Zihao Xiong
Jonathan Xu
Qing Yuan
Chong Zhang
Yiling Zhou
 

Yutong Liu

Liu Yutong

Li Ka Shing Foundation Full Scholarship Recipient
High school affiliated with Beijing Normal University, Beijing

I am originally from Beijing, China, and am currently a sophomore at the University of Notre Dame studying biological science and philosophy.

The last year and a half I have spent here at Notre Dame was inspiring and exciting. During my freshman year I was able to participate in undergraduate research on the topic of renal-regeneration in zebra fish, which allowed me to acquire different lab skills and gain a deeper understanding in biological lab research. In the Summer of my freshman year, I spent 10 weeks in six different cities in Uganda facilitating the construction of a palliative care data collection system based on smart phones. During my time there, I learned more about Ugandan culture, global health, and developed a deeper appreciation for human life and dignity. Today, I serve as a student coordinator and team leader for two sites for the Take Ten program, which endeavors to empower children and adults with knowledge in effective conflict resolution.

At Notre Dame, I am not only inspirited intellectually in classrooms, but also challenged to engage with communities and real life problems. I am very grateful of the opportunities Notre Dame has offered me.

Lillian Claire Mason

Lillian Mason

Hong Kong International School, Hong Kong

I am from Charlotte, North Carolina, though I graduated from Hong Kong International School. While in high school, I was an accomplished bassoonist as well as a black belt in taekwondo, a skill I put to use by starting a program that taught women simple but effective methods of self-defense. Academically, I was a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program as well as the “Student of the Year” for my high school’s science department.

I am currently a sophomore Neuroscience & Behavior major here at Notre Dame, where I continue to pursue my passion for music by taking part in several of the musical ensembles present on campus. I actively participate in dorm activities (Yay Pasquerilla West!), and enjoy any opportunity to attend a Fighting Irish sporting event.

Last summer I had the great privilege of studying abroad in Israel/Palestine for three weeks, thanks to the Greater China Scholars Program. In the near future, I plan on participating in a research internship before continuing on to medical school after graduating from Notre Dame.

Jiaying Qian

Jiaying Qian 19

Nanjing Foreign Language School, Nanjing

I am currently a sophomore from Nanjing, China. I plan to pursue a major in Business and a minor in Portuguese & Brazilian Studies.

Chosen and sponsored by Notre Dame’s International Summer Service Learning Program (ISSLP), I worked at Guizhou Rural Tourism Development Center over the past summer. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting ethnic minority art and ecotourism in Southern China. I helped make promotional brochures, designed souvenirs with distinctive minority art features, and shot a video in a Miao tribe built on a mountain slope in the northwestern Guizhou.

On campus, I serve as the Vice President of the Brazil Club. I co-organized events to celebrate Brazilian culture with Brazilian students and the local Brazilian community.

I am deeply grateful for my time at Notre Dame — great professors, great friends and great university resources. I will continue my academic pursuit and enjoy my time here

Ruochen Sun

Rouchen Sun

High School Affiliated to Anhui Normal University, Wuhu

I am from Wuhu, China, where I graduated from High School Affiliated with Anhui Normal University. My current majors are Computer Science and Honor Math.

In High School, I founded an organization called “Mustore”, an online platform for students to trade their books and make donations for the Spring Buds Project. Our goal was to give books more mobility so that users could gain diverse knowledge. Academically, encouraged by my outstanding Physics teacher, I developed strong interests in Physics. I started a study group that helps people who have the same interests, share knowledge and improve themselves.

Here at Notre Dame, I have done broad explorations in different disciplines and made several transformations in my academic plan. In the first three semesters, I aspired to be an automobile engineer in the top European automobile manufacturers or Motorsport teams in F1, Le Mans. I joined a student formula motorsport club at Notre Dame and have started an internship in the Industry. I have discovered that I don't really enjoy working as an automobile engineer since the daily job in the internship or in the club is selecting the right size of screws.  I miss the pure intellectual experience that mathematics, arts, and literature provide me.  All these experiences have help me decide what I really like or don’t like.  At the same time, the community of Notre Dame, including outstanding and easily accessible professors as well as creative  and courageous students with diverse experiences, constantly encourages me to insist on things I am passionate about, to be confident about my uniqueness, and to not confine myself within a boundary or existed ideas. While, sometimes hitting me with frustrations and floundering, they also constantly challenge my old perceptions and ideas which gives me opportunities to generate new ones. I have met a professor who gave up the comfortable life in Europe and studied in China in the 1980s, a student who struggles a lot in Honors Math but still stays in this major due to their love of math, and a student who does their own researchs in countries that are easily neglected by most people. All of these people have enabled me to pursue things that I used to believe were beyond my reach.

Kwan Ho Herman Tong

Herman Tong

Island School, Hong Kong

I graduated from Island School in Hong Kong and am now a sophomore in the University of Notre Dame. I am currently pursuing a degree in Computer Science and a minor in Engineering Corporate Practice.

When I was in Island School, I was part of two organizations which fundraised for New Sight Congo. I led a student-based charity organization, I2Eye, in school and organized a variety of fundraising events. Additionally, I was the head of finance in the Rainbow Trek Committee which organizes a 25/50km hike every year for the juniors in high school to raise funds.

Currently, I am the secretary of the Engineering Leadership Council that acts as an umbrella organization for all of the engineering related professional and honor societies at Notre Dame. Next semester, I will also be participating in undergraduate research in the Mobile Computing Lab, assisting a Ph.D. student in creating a game for children with developmental disorders.

So far, Notre Dame has given me a tremendous college experience through which I will strive in and cherish every moment of it. I hope that by the end of my four years, I will not only be equipped with engineering skills but also have developed as a well-rounded person.

Minyan Wang

Minyan Wang

Shenyang No.27 High School, Shenyang

I am from Shenyang, Liaoning and graduated from Shenyang No.27 High School.

In high school, I was absorbed in brain mechanisms in life. In 11th Grade, I won the first prize in the National Brain Bee Neuroscience Competition. I also became a member of the China Wildlife Conservation Association, participating in promoting the protection of endangered birds in the local area, including the rescue, wild training, and release of fledglings who lost their parents due to human activities.

I continue my interests in neuroscience in college. I currently major in Psychology and Economics in the University of Notre Dame, and am planning to minor in German. I am also an associate of the student organization Social Justice in American Medical Society, in which students interested in controversial topics in medical and psychiatric fields contribute their creative ideas through discussion. In the following years, I hope to integrate my knowledge in two majors and develop thorough understanding in social science. I plan to study abroad my junior year.

Kaiwen Wei

Kaiwen Wei

Zhenjiang International School, Zhenhai

I am a Sophomore majoring in Finance and minoring in Studio Art. It is my honor to be a part of the Notre Dame community and GCS family.

I studied at Zhenjiang International School before I came to Notre Dame. In high school, my interests included drawing, music, and management. I spent my free time spraying graffiti, with the permission of the owners, because that is my favorite way to relax. Also, I liked to play violin with my friends in a chamber orchestra. Our show was quite successful both on and off of campus. When I was in 9th grade, I got the chance to work as a manager in a restaurant. That experience really triggered my passion for business.

During my first year at Notre Dame, I experienced both academic challenges and life choices.  Fortunately, with the tremendous help from teachers and classmates, I was always able to make the right decision. When I needed to choose my major, my advisor encouraged me to explore my talent in art and design, scheduling a study plan of both Finance and Studio Art for me.  When I needed to achieve more outside of class, many institutes, especially the team of GCS, provided me precious opportunities, including summer programs and meetings with national leaders. Even when I was facing depression, my Notre Dame teachers stood by me, showing me the infinite chances ahead of me. I really feel grateful to learn and develop in such a community.

Kangxin Wu

Kangxin Wu 19

Ningbo Xiaoshi High School, Ningbo

I am a sophomore at Notre Dame studying architecture. I came from Ningbo Xiaoshi High School in Zhejiang.

Notre Dame has offered me many opportunities to dive into my major. Last summer, with the help of GCS summer enrichment funding, I did independent research about the influence of Daoism on Chinese Garden and the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. With the foundation of computer consultant student work in Bond Hall's computer lab my freshman year, I received the opportunity to work in Bond Hall's library. I also joined in the Building South Bend and Campus Tactile Mapping architecture library projects. From these tasks I improved my skill of architectural computer programs, learned about 3D printing technique and got to know the surrounding environment of my university better. In addition, I participated in a weekly volunteer activity called Habitat for Humanity, an organization that constructs affordable housing for those in need. I feel my life in Notre Dame is interesting and fulfilling.

Aside from my major, I also kept my old hobby and explored new interests in Notre Dame. I was able to continue learning drum set, one of my hobbies for over seven years, with the professor of school Jazz band. Furthermore, I am taking Japanese class in sophomore year. I am planning to visit Japan next summer and enjoy the beautiful culture and architecture design there.

Zihao Xiong

Zihao Xiong

Nanjing Foreign Language School, Nanjing

I came from Nanjing Nanjing Foreign Language School. I am currently a Finance, Applied Math and Japanese major sophomore at the Mendoza College of Business.

Notre Dame offers a wide range of exciting academic choices and has been guiding me in exploring my passion since my freshman year. I can always feel mentally and intellectually motivated in- and outside the classroom. Besides all of the wonderful classes ND offers, the Student International Business Council also provides incredible opportunities and aims at helping students grow into future global business leaders. With ND International’s assistance, I studied abroad in Italy, volunteered at Italy Missionary of Charity and researched on the Ancient Rome inflation. As a Japanese major student, I worked in Osaka, Japan over the summer and was deeply immersed in the Japanese culture and closely interacted with ND alumni and faculty in Japan.

I believe ND will lead me to explore more in the following two years and leave an everlasting positive influence on my life.

Jonathan Xu

Jonathan Xu

Taipei American School, Taipei

I attended high school at Taipei American School in Taipei, Taiwan. I am a member of the Notre Dame class of 2019 majoring in Computer Science

In high school, I was an executive officer in the Student Government where I worked to organize events such as Field Day and Spirit Week among others. In addition, I worked with my fellow officers to tackle environmental and nutrition related problems within our school. As the captain of the varsity track and field team I led my team to competitions in Taiwan, Singapore, and Indonesia. In addition, I was also a member of the varsity rugby team and the Spanish honor society.

As a sophomore at Notre Dame, I am a member of the leadership team in our Design for America studio. We are a nationwide network of Design studios that use design thinking in order to solve local and social problems. Through the club I co-founded digidorm, a website that allows current and incoming college students to learn about and experience their future dorm rooms through virtual reality. We placed 2nd in the on-campus Business Ideas Challenge, and are currently participating in the McCloskey Business Plan Competition through the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship. I also spend my time during the semester participating in intramural sports, Student Government, and mentoring freshman in the Greater China Scholars Program.

Last summer I interned at General Electric Aviation, which I secured by utilizing the universities outstanding career resources and the help of my mentors. I am excited to see where my Notre Dame journey will take me next.

Qing Yuan

Yuan Qing

Shanghai Shixi High School, Shanghai

I am currently a sophomore from Shanghai, China. My major is economics with a concentration in politics, philosophy and economics. I also plan to major in philosophy.

Last summer, I studied abroad in Brazil. While there, I did a case study with a local cosmetics company, Natura, on updating its distributional channels as well as conducted research about the influence of constitution and legislation on Brazilian politics. I developed a deep friendship with other students in the summer program and learned more about political theory and its impact on local politics. I plan to do a service learning program next summer. Also, since I am learning Japanese, I look forward to studying abroad in Japan next summer.

The life at Notre Dame is inspiring and exciting. I am deeply grateful for my college experience. I hope to determine my graduation thesis and further my knowledge in PPE in my junior year.

 

Chong Zhang

Chong Zhang

Pudong Foreign Language School, Shanghai

I am a sophomore at the University of Notre Dame. My major is History, with a supplemental major in ACMS. I am from Shanghai, China.

In high school, I was a volunteer at a local rehabilitation center for drug addicts. This experience fostered my commitment to serving people in need, which is a really important factor that motivated me to go to Notre Dame, where I am able to continue pursuing this kind of service. During the fall break of first semester in sophomore year, I took part in the prestigious Appalachia Seminar. In the one-week immersion in the Appalachia region, I not only helped renovate houses with the residents, but also built friendships with those lovely people who shared so many lessons with me.

Here at Notre Dame, I am a member of the Classics Club. We burned a wooden Trojan horse before the football game against University of Southern California (USC is our biggest rival school, and their mascot is the Trojans). Meanwhile, I am also a member of the History Club, where we can enjoy our time watching historic documentaries, share different opinions, and deepen our understanding of historic issues. In order to get myself even more prepared for my study of history, I am also learning Latin, a language rarely spoken anywhere, yet highly respected everywhere. I believe my study of history at Notre Dame will be a success.

Yiling Zhou

Yiling Zhou

Shanghai Foreign Language School, Shanghai

I graduated from Shanghai Foreign Language School and am a sophomore, double majoring in Finance and Economics at Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame.

During my past two years at Notre Dame, I have actively participated in a large number of extracurricular activities, which have developed both my academic excellence and comprehensive personal qualities. As the project leader and travel team member of Notre Dame's Student International Business Council, I have worked with a team to apply classroom financial knowledge to solve business case problems. Being the Vice President of both the Notre Dame Chinese Students and Scholars Association and Asia Pacific Business Club, I have organized more than twenty events for thousands of students. Moreover, I co-coordinated the International Student Orientation to help welcome over 400 international students.

During my freshman summer, I used the Greater China Scholarship to study abroad in Tokyo, Japan for two weeks, learning about Japanese culture and business. I also participated in Notre Dame's Summer Service Learning Program, volunteering as a camp counselor in Wisconsin. Both of these experiences were life changing. I learned so much about the Asian business market and researched how culture could affect perceptions of business ethics in Japan. At camp, I collaborated with other camp counselors to organize daily arts and sports classes and helped provide a positive growing environment for more than a hundred campers.

I feel really blessed to be a part of the Notre Dame community. There are so many resources that cultivate both my mind and heart. I am so proud to be a Domer. Go Irish!