Class of 2020

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

Xinhui (Helen) Hong

Xinhui Hong

Shenzhen College of International Education
HS Chau Foundation Full Scholarship Recipient

I am from Dongguan, Guangdong and am currently a sophomore at Notre Dame, majoring in international economics with Spanish and minoring in education, schooling and society.

At Notre Dame, through the resources offered by the Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program and Greater China 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 3-day forum on the theme of “Bridging China’s Education Gap.” In my first year, as a member of FUEL, the branch of the Student Government for first year students, and the Department of Social Concerns, I had the chance to be involved in hosting events at Notre Dame.

This past summer, I had the opportunity to spend eight weeks in Quito, Ecuador, working with UBECI, an Ecuadorian non-profit organization committed to serving low-income children and their families in Quito and the surrounding rural areas. As a volunteer in the Street Children Program, each day I would travel to ferias (open-air day markets), help set up an open space with tents and toys, and assist in recreational and educational activities for children of street vendors and market workers.

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 (James) Dong

Xiangyu Dong

Tianjin No.1 High School

I am from Tianjin, China and am majoring in computer science. In high school, I was the study commissioner of the student body and started the public forum debate club, whose size had grown to 120 students upon my graduation.

During my first year at Notre Dame, I became a member of the marching band, playing saxophone. At the same time, I participated in several hack-a-thon competitions and worked on a few computer science projects with professors in the computer science department. In addition, I am a photographer for the Yearbook magazine.

Last summer, I worked in professor Danny Chen’s lab and helped build a video processor to help fix some defects in the experiment. I also spent my summer time as a virtual reality development intern on campus and successfully implemented a data visualization tool in virtual reality. Right now, I am continuing my work in professor Chen’s Lab and implementing some deep learning algorithms to segment cells from medical images.

My plan after graduation is to pursue a PhD degree in the direction of bio-computation and medical imaging. The Greater China Scholarship program has given me ample chances to try different things in many fields and has helped me explore my horizons.

Qiqi He

Qiqi He

Chengdu Foreign Language School, Chengdu

I am from Chengdu, China and majoring in economics and applied and computational mathematics and statistics (ACMS).

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 into doing these charitable activities because I wanted to contribute, even though the effect was limited, and to bring some positive changes to where I live.

Notre Dame is like a big family. The school supports students in doing those things for which they have a passion. My first semester was full of challenges and also discoveries. I had struggled with figuring out what I wanted to study. However, with the help of professors and my advisor, I found the best choice.

Last summer, I interned at a local education corporation in Chengdu, as an assistant for their marketing group. I had a chance to participate in the process of event planning and was able to learn from people who had years of experience in education or in marketing. I also started managing my own WeChat official account, which is designed to be a product review platform for college students. By presenting my project to the company I worked for, I gained an amount of annual investment which can be used to develop the online platform.

As I become more familiar with college life, I feel I am more engaged in the environment, gaining more friends and am more capable of dealing with time and course management. I will keep learning and maintain my curiosity throughout my college life, becoming a better person step-by-step.

Shaoyu Liu

Shaoyu Liu

High School Affiliated to Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai

I intend to major in business analytics and ACMS, and probably minor in philosophy and studio art.

My three years in high school, my main interests included business and sports. During an internship at Basketsky company, I got to know how a 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 my high 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 an international ambassador for International Student and Scholar Affairs. I help organize a lot of great events (most of them offer free food and drinks), which gives me a different perspective on learning more about multiple cultures.

This past summer, I decided to enrich my life at Notre Dame to the greatest extent by using my enrichment award to participate in Notre Dame’s London study abroad program. It was a great experience in terms of exposure to British society. I highly recommend this program. I hope all 'Domers' find the best way to spend their college life.

Hsuan Lo

Hsuan Lo

Kaohsiung American School, Kaosiung

I graduated from Kaohsiung American School in Taiwan. I am now a sophomore at the University of Notre Dame, majoring in English with a minor in journalism.

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 came to appreciate and love the integration of being on a team and working together for a common purpose.

Last year, I joined Scholastic, the university magazine, and continued to leverage my skills as a journalist, which had been a lot more challenging yet rewarding than my experience in high school. I am now the assistant news editor for Scholastic. I utilized the summer enrichment award to study abroad in London this past summer, as I had hoped to do since I arrived on campus. Over the course of six weeks, I was immersed in the rich literary scene of the English capital and was blessed to broaden my horizons in the true melting pot of diverse cultures.

At Notre Dame, I hope to take advantage of all the precious opportunities of studying abroad, earning internships, and serving the greater community. I will also continue to 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 am now a Sophomore at Notre Dame, majoring in ACMS and economics.

In high school, my major achievements were 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 helps to raise money for 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 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 am going back to Yushu to check the usage of our funds and what effect our efforts may have made.

I have a great passion and talent in photography, and I utilize the opportunities Notre Dame gives me to dive into my hobby. I worked for the Observer Daily, NDI, and CSSA as an event photographer. Overall, it’s a really awesome experience that allowed me to participate in several events that I would not have even considered to attend before this job, and they turned out to be more than worthwhile.

Yiran (Erin) Shang

Yiran Shang

Affiliated High School of Peking University, Beijing

I am currently a sophomore at the University of Notre Dame, pursuing majors in finance and applied mathematics from the Mendoza College of Business, and a minor in philosophy, politics, and economics.

At Notre Dame, I am actively involved in a number of extracurricular activities, due to my broad interests. Because of my interest in international law and politics, I am an International Scholar in Kellogg Institute, and have been on my mentor, Professor Emilia Powell’s research team since my freshman year. My interest in news and politics have also led me to explore news writing for the Observer, as well as parliamentary debate as a member of the Notre Dame Debate Team. On campus, I am also actively involved in Student International Business Council, and the experiences have strongly enhanced my presentation and interpersonal skills and have led me to understand the beauty of interdisciplinary fields.

Last summer, cosponsored by the Greater China Scholars program and Liu Institute for Asia and Asian studies, I conducted an independent research project  comparing the different charity funding systems in the US and China. I also did equity research over the summer. These experiences in writing and research have reconfirmed my interests in pursuing a career related to law and business.

I am still excited for the opportunity to be both intellectually and mentally challenged at Notre Dame, and look forward to those new opportunities ahead of me. I believe my experience at Notre Dame will be a life-long enriching one, and I am truly grateful to learn, fail, and grow at such an outstanding community.