Class of 2020

Xinhui Hong
Xiangyu Dong
Qiqi He
Shaoyu Liu
Hsuan Lo
Runjie Pan
Yiran (Erin) Shang
 

Xinhui Hong

Xinhui Hong

Shenzhen College of International Education
HS Chau Foundation Full Scholarship Recipient


I am a graduate from Shenzhen College of International Education and a member of the Notre Dame Class of 2020. I am from Dongguan, Guangdong. I appreciate the vast resources and possibilities offered here at Notre Dame and intend to continue exploring before settling my major, most likely in the humanities.

As the valedictorian of the graduating Class of 2016 and Chairman of the Student Union in high school, I had the opportunity to work with my peers, the school administrative team, and parents in organizing events for students. Aiming to provide educational opportunities and promote participation in charity, I hosted a series of events, including the first PovertyX, a poverty simulation educating participants on global issues related to poverty; Peer Mentor, a consulting program where seniors assisted juniors and sophomores in the college application process; and Raise and Give Day, a fundraising event to sponsor special education for children with developmental disabilities.

At Notre Dame, through the resources offered by the Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program, I intend to explore my passion in education through traveling to different countries. In the first semester at Notre Dame, I joined Take Ten, a volunteer teaching program educating school children on conflict resolution and violence prevention. During Thanksgiving break, I traveled to Beijing as a delegate for the Yenching Social Innovation Forum hosted by the Yenching Academy of Peking University and participated in a three-day forum on the theme of “Bridging China’s Education Gap.” As a member of FUEL, the branch of the Student Government for first year students, and through the Center for Social Concerns, I hope to be involved in the issues taking place here at Notre Dame and in the community beyond.

I have been extremely blessed to join the Notre Dame family. I hope, through my education here at Notre Dame, that I will be a blessing to others as well.

Xiangyu Dong

Xiangyu Dong

Tianjin No.1 High School

I am a first-year student at Notre Dame majoring in Computer Science and Physics. I am from Tianjin No.1 High School. In high school, I was lucky to be exposed to public forum debate. After having led teams to compete in NSDA tournament for two years, I founded a public forum club in my school. When I graduated, the club size already grew to 120. Also, due to my passion for physics, I did an independent experiment about fluid resistance in the fluid laboratory in Tianjin University.

At Notre Dame, I became a member of the Marching Band to develop my interest in saxophone performing. I am also serving as a research assistant to a professor from the Computer Science Department, doing work on software safety. I also reached out to a teacher at Innovation Park to extend my website programming ability and participated in two hack-a-thons. In leisure time, I shoot pictures for the yearbook to nurture my interest in photography.

In the coming three years, I plan to participate in design clubs to apply what I learned in engineering class, and participate in more humanitarian activities to give back to the society. In the academic area, I hope to learn more advanced algorithms to model the early stages of our universe to explore the formation of it.

Qiqi He

Qiqi He

Chengdu Foreign Language School, Chengdu

I am from Chengdu, China. I graduated from Chengdu Foreign Language School and am now a freshman at the University of Notre Dame. I intend to major in Economics and ACMS (Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics).

When I was in high school, I founded a charity association which now has more than 150 members and has become one of the biggest clubs in the school. I initiated various charity activities such as donations, free performances and volunteering in orphanages. Cooperating with a local welfare organization, I also initiated a festival called “Reading and Sharing Festival” in different welfare houses in order to let more students care about orphans and the old people left behind. I was willing to put my passion and time in doing all these charity activities simply because I wanted to contribute, even if my power was small, to bring some positive changes to where I live.

Notre Dame is like a big family. The school supports students to do whatever they have passion for. My first semester is full of challenges and also discoveries. I had struggled with choosing my major. However, under the help of some upperclass students and my advisor, I finally figured out what I wanted to pursue in the future.

I want to continue doing community-based services in Notre Dame, keeping bringing small changes to where I live. Moreover, since I became a college student, I want to start to think big, to bring some bigger changes to people who need help.

Shaoyu Liu

Shaoyu Liu

High School Affiliated to Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai

I intend to major in finance and art studio. I graduated from High School Affiliated to Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2016. It’s been an honor for me to study at the University of Notre Dame as a student from a domestic high school in Shanghai.

For the three years back in high school, my main interests included business and sports. During an internship at Basketsky company, I got to know how a particular company works as an integrity in terms of how it succeeded both in advertising and in managing, thus initiating the thought of starting my career in business. Also, as the president of our school’s basketball club, I organized tournament games with other famous high schools in Shanghai, which was an inspiring experience for me as I learned a lot about communication skills and tips to make even minute parts perfect.

At Notre Dame, I am a member of the Chinese Student and Scholar Association. I performed as part of a fashion show in Asian Allure, which offered me an opportunity to learn more about multiple cultures.

I’ve decided to enrich my life at Notre Dame to the greatest extent and apply for a summer study abroad program. Hopefully, I will have a chance to spend this coming summer studying in Rome or London. As I would like to double major in finance and art, I also want to try combining these two areas through exploring my academic study at Notre Dame.

Hsuan Lo

Hsuan Lo

Kaohsiung American School, Kaosiung

I graduated from Kaohsiung American School in Taiwan. I am now a freshman at the University of Notre Dame as an english major, with an intended minor in journalism.

While in high school, I was the president of the National Honor Society and served to better my local community by organizing service trips, hosting english lessons for the underprivileged and fundraising for various causes. As the editor-in-chief for the school newspaper, I fostered passion for writing in others and raised awareness of our surroundings in the local community. I was also on the varsity basketball team for three years and I've come to appreciate and love the integration of being on a team and working together for a common purpose.  For my first semester at Notre Dame, I’ve become part of the Rogue creative writing group, where undergraduate and graduate writers discuss and share work together.

At Notre Dame, I hope to take advantage of all the precious opportunities of studying abroad, earning internships and serving the greater community. More specifically, I’m looking at a summer study abroad program in London to broaden my horizons in the English literature world, as well as, of course, business, fashion, history, and all London has to offer. At last, I strive to become a more open-minded and well-rounded individual throughout my four years at Notre Dame, my second home.

Runjie Pan

Runjie Pan

Chengdu No. 7 High School, Chengdu

I am from Chengdu, China. I graduated from Chengdu No.7 high school and my intended major in Notre Dame is ACMS (Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics).

In high school, my major achievements are the participation in the DI (Destination Imagination) competition and foundation of the ChanceProject. In 2014, my team won the champion and the special award in the Asia Pacific DI finals held in Beijing and made it to the Global Final held in Knoxville, Tennessee in 2015. ChanceProject is a charity-fund raising platform that help raise money for the Tibetan kids in poverty-stricken areas in Yushu, Qinghai. Our programs include supporting local schools by raising money for text books and auctions of local handcrafts made by students to buy the heating fuels for winter. Besides raising funds to meet their immediate needs, ChanceProject also functioned as an advertising platform to preserve and spread the beautiful Tibetan Culture. During this winter break, I’m coming back to Yushu to check the usage of our funds and what effect our efforts may have made.

For here at Notre Dame, I am still very much unsure about my exact major and minor. Though I’ve spent all the years in school so far learning Sciences, I am very interested in European history and photography. I am planning to participate in the study abroad program in Berlin this summer. Hopefully it will be rewarding.

Yiran (Erin) Shang

Yiran Shang

Affiliated High School of Peking University, Beijing

I am a member of the class of 2020 at the University of Notre Dame, intending to pursue a bachelor degree in business administration, majoring in finance and ACMS, and minor in PPE. I graduated from the Affiliated High School of Peking University in Beijing, China.

In high school, I was the Vice President of student government, in charge of designing and managing major extra-curricular activities like interhall soccer games or planning field trips. Because of my interest in writing, I was also the editor-in-chief for the high school magazine, and represented our school in magazine union in China. I also completed and published an individual research on China’s concurrent economy in high school.

At Notre Dame, I’ve continued to pursue my interest in writing by becoming a news writer in the Observer. I also joined Student International Business Council and will be traveling to Chicago to present two projects to bankers. I've also started conducting research for Professor Emilia Powell in the field of political science, specializing in territorial disputes. Sometimes during the weekends, I play the piano for dorm masses.

In the future, I look forward to exploring and broadening my interests through participating in the different opportunities Notre Dame has to offer, such as joining the Human Rights club or student government. I plan on conducting research in the field of political science and economics this summer, and I’ve already contacted several entrepreneurs through the YLAI program. Notre Dame is an inclusive community that will push me to explore and challenge myself intellectually and socially. I look forward to applying all I will learn here to help contribute to society one day.