Concordia International School Shanghai
Our Lady of Perpetual Succor Global Scholar
I’m Charles Wang, currently a freshman planning to double major in Business Analytics and Psychology. It has been an absolute blast here at Notre Dame so far. But before I tell you more about my experiences at the school, let me tell you a little bit about myself.
I was originally born in Atlanta, Georgia but moved to California at a very young age. But soon, my family realized that California wasn’t where their career meant to flourish. Thus, I spent ages 4-18 in a place I now call home: Shanghai. Growing up, I went to various education systems: starting with a local Chinese elementary school, a British Middle School, and finally an international American High school. I got to experience and meet a variety of different people from different backgrounds and cultures. This was one of my ways of experiencing the whole world other than traveling; through the lives of my peers.
In high school, I was an assistant AI researcher for the online healthcare platform: WeDoctor. During that experience, I gathered data on Breast and Cervical Cancer and wrote a diagnostic program to allow the Cancer Detection Screening process to be more uniform. And I created a breastplate that women could wear during the test to improve their sense of comfort and privacy. And to further my passion for data analytics, I founded a company called “Influx Analytics”. It was a business-consulting website that conducted analysis through data to help smaller organizations that didn’t have a data analytics sector. Through this, we not only helped them point out where their businesses should focus on but also published articles of other studies through these analytical findings.
Other than academics and research, I also love athletics. I was honored to be captain of my high school varsity basketball team and badminton team. Through this, I was able to gain a sense of comradery and community. Sports were the perfect language that everyone could understand and bond over. Off the court, I was also the President of Fellowship of Concordia Activities: a student organization that focused on school spirit and pride. With this club, I was able to pursue my design interests and create merchandise that all students could wear during the games and around the school.
At Notre Dame is where I took my passions to the next level. This semester I joined the Students in Business Council (SIBC), where I was able to work with Deloitte on a consulting project. Through this opportunity, I was able to create a deliverable on the topic of the Luxury Hospitality Industry. I was also able to play interhall basketball, where we competed against other halls in basketball. And I was also able to join cultural groups: CSSAND, KSA, and AAA.
Frank Reilly Scholar
Affiliated High School of Peking University
I am a freshman majoring in ACMS and Economics. During high school, I conducted research that used mathematical and statistical knowledge to solve real-world problems. For instance, my research focused on the effectiveness of utilizing topological data analysis to model the stages of immune responses during co-infections and the non-synonymous single nucleotide variations related to prion disease. Additionally, I explored the neural circuits that controlled animal behaviors in Dr. Minmin Luo’s Lab at Tsinghua University.
My interests also lie in social sciences and humanities. I was the vice president of the Model United Nations in my high school and participated in national conferences. As the team leader, I led my team to win the top 6% in China Thinks Big Competition with our project regarding the post-match reutilization of Shougang Park after the 2022 Winter Olympic Games. Additionally, I am very passionate about creative writing. An excerpt of my novel was published in a literary journal. Besides, my volunteer experience in Peking University Sixth Hospital gave me the opportunity to help kids with mental illnesses.
At Notre Dame, I work on the Reddit Project with the Quant Club, where we process data from Reddit posts to determine future stock prices. I also joined the Student International Business Council (SIBC) and have participated in a credit investment project. Following my passion for music, I became a member of the Notre Dame Chorale and performed in the Fall Concert. Additionally, I tutor students studying second-year Chinese in the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures (CSLC). Last but not least, I volunteer in the Next Step Learning Center with other scholars from Notre Dame, using sensory, cognitive programs to help children overcome difficulties in reading.
In the near future, I hope that I can find opportunities to conduct academic research in Economics by using knowledge and skills learned in Mathematics and Statistics. I will also develop other academic interests and hobbies during my journey at Notre Dame.
Liu De Scholar
Nanjing Foreign Language School
I’m Yuhe Sun. I’m originally from Nanjing, China, and I plan on pursuing a Business Analytics major with a minor in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE).
I’ve been exploring social sciences during high school, including political science, economics, and sociology. As the Secretary-General of our school Model United Nations Curriculum Base, I delved into research on topics ranging from Bosnia Genocide to WTO Reforms in 10+ conferences and learned international relations from multiple cultural aspects. Later on, as the Dais Head of school conferences, I designed conference settings for high school sophomores and juniors and presided during proceedings. Also, as the president of our local Mock Trial Society, I organized workshops on MT techniques and seminars on social justice issues, and I held an Inter-school Mock Trial Tournament, which attracted 50+ students from different high schools in Nanjing.
At Notre Dame, I was on the Deloitte and Protiviti travel teams of the Student International Business Council (SIBC) Consulting Division, where I worked in teams to analyze the luxury hospitality and healthcare industries with data analytics. Besides my explorations in business, I worked for the Notre Dame Pre-College Program as a Course Facilitator for online classes, where I acted as a student representative to answer questions from high schoolers who were curious or passionate about getting into Notre Dame. Also, being in the Event Planning Committee of both the Greater China Scholars Program and the Chinese Students and Scholars Association, I truly value the bonds we share in these cohorts, and I’m working on planning the annual Spring Festival Celebration to enhance the sense of belonging in our Chinese cultural community. In addition, I enjoy dancing, and I performed in the annual Asian Allure celebration hosted by Asian American Association last semester.
I anticipate myself pursuing an interdisciplinary combination of a Business Analytics major and a PPE minor and becoming a more academically well-rounded person who possesses both quantitative analytical skills and the social responsibility to generate good for society. I hope that I can develop my problem-solving mindsets, interpersonal, and leadership skills in the coming years. And I hope to get to know more friends from different cultures while maintaining the bonds with the GCS community.
William Sexton Scholar
Shanghai World Foreign Language Academy
I am a first-year student planning to major in economics with a supplementary major in applied and computational mathematics and statistics. I am interested in social policy and development, public welfare, and intercultural communications. In high school, I founded “Legal High” Law Social Media Platform, where I led discussions of various legal systems, famous legal cases, and the legal spirit behind the legislation. As the vice president of the mock trial club, I coached team members to participate in state and national mock trial competitions. I greatly enhanced my public speaking skills through court debates, practiced teamwork and collaboration, and developed a more advanced understanding of legal spirit. In Guangzhou, China, I was a researcher researching the living conditions of African immigrants during COVID-19 and Chinese administrative policies on a foreign residence, examining the dynamics of cultural integration and solutions to sociocultural challenges.
At Notre Dame, outside of the classroom, I devote my time to research and extracurricular activities to fully explore my academic and non-academic interests. I am a research assistant with Professor Victoria Hui in the political science department, examining the centrality of war in the formation and transformation in traditional China. I am also a research assistant with Ms. Mary Shiraef, Ph.D., researching identity transmission outcomes of border policies in southeast Europe. With these, I equip myself with solid hands-on research experiences and develop my own understanding of politics, social development, and the intersection of policy and culture.
I am also a member of Student Consulting for Nonprofit Organizations, Hesburgh’s Heroes, and Asian Business Society. At these organizations, I further explore my interest in business and reflect on how business strategies can be used to solve social problems, like the empowerment of marginalized groups. Last semester, I worked as a Chinese language peer tutor at CSLC, where I provided peer tutoring sessions and helped improve the Chinese-learning community at ND.
I especially appreciate the caring and warm vibe at ND. I hope to fully leverage the resources enabled by the generosity of the GCS program and the broader campus community and follow the possibilities wherever they lead me to.
Xinyi "Emily" Cao
Chengdu Shude High School International Department
I am a freshman majoring in Economics and considering taking a second major of ACMS or Computer Science in the future. I live in Farley Hall.
Due to the ensuing COVID-19 pandemic last year, I didn’t arrive at the campus until September when I started my freshman year. I had taken a gap year to explore my interests when I took on two internships involving language education. Besides work, I spent time learning skills I have been longing for since childhood, such as painting, singing, and playing guitar. I completed an oil painting once a week and made videos of myself singing with guitar and sending it to social media on a regular basis. Moreover, I developed an interest in the historical culture of my city Chengdu, visiting local teahouses and bookstores, conducting research about how these small stores are able to survive during the COVID era.
After arriving at Notre Dame, I have been amazed by its generosity, in terms of both its richness in resources and its kindness to everyone no matter what race, age, gender, or major he/she is. I was involved in SIBC, in which I attended as a team player to help collect, organize and present data related to a healthcare company. I also joined Fresh the dance club. It turned out to be one of the most unforgettable and relaxing experiences for my first semester, I met a lot of energetic and passionate friends who would just cheer for a dance move. It’s a wonderful experience both for my body and mind.
Yew Chung International School of Chongqing
I am Solbi Chung, a first-year student majoring in Sociology with a plan to minor in Data Science. I am originally from Seoul, Korea, but studied at an International school in Chongqing, China, before coming to Notre Dame.
During high school, I was fascinated by the study of history and social sciences. Learning about real-life issues that are happening around the society we reside in has been my point of interest. Extending my academic curiosity, I conducted research on the role of media during the enactment of Martial Law in 1961, Korea. I am also passionate about the betterment of the quality of living for every individual through humanity work. I organized a long-term collaborative project with a local NGO in Cambodia to enhance female hygiene and sex education in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
The enlightenment I gained through the interaction with Khmer girls has inspired me to found the first feminist club in my high school. I have been lucky enough to be invited to present myself in the 2020 International Women’s Organization forum. The leadership roles I held as the president of Student Council, MUN team, Women’s rights club, and Art Resource Council have encouraged me to appreciate my opportunities to serve others.
I am continuing both my academic and personal explorations with great resources here at Notre Dame. The study in Criminology and Environmental sociology delightfully challenges me to broaden my perspective towards inequalities in our society. The enjoyment I had for the courses offered by Notre Dame has aided me to be named on the Dean’s List. Aside from my field of concentration, I am also incredibly excited to be taking French classes as my fourth language.
I am anticipating being involved in research projects to explore more specific branches of Sociology. Again, Notre Dame greets my curiosity and continues to provide the best resources to develop it into something that could be meaningful for our society.
Jingyi (Angel) Lai
Wuhan Britain-China School
I’m Jingyi (Angel) Lai, originally from Wuhan, China. I plan to double major in Sociology and Economics, with a minor in Data Science.
I’m interested in volunteering because my family has the tradition of serving and helping, and I established my volunteering club to help and teach disabled people back in high school. Luckily, Notre Dame provided me with great opportunities to pursue this hobby, such as various volunteering programs in the Robinson community center. I met many loving people in this warm community either while doing services or just through chatting. That’s what we as members of the Notre Dame community should be proud of that it provides connections between people from different backgrounds to appreciate the importance of loving and sharing. I am attending a program called RCIA that RCIA holds, and it helps Catechumen on their journeys to become Catholics. My favorite part of the program is when we meet in small groups and share our experience or progress on prayers, and that’s the moment when everyone is vulnerable and willing to expose our weakness in front of ‘strangers’ that we trust. Part of some sweet memories from RCIA was what supported me through the first freshman semester.
I also like the well-developed network between students and professors. I enjoyed my coffee chats with my professors in the first semester. All of them were happy to help whenever I had problems. After class, they were my professors and friends to chat with, and my sociology professor even invited me for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner! Last semester, I also worked with a professor from Kellogg Institute as a research assistant on ancient Chinese wars.
Chinese International School, Hong Kong
My name is Esther Lynch, and I am currently a freshman planning to major in Political Science with a supplementary major in Global Affairs.
I was born in Paris, France, to two educator parents, where I lived until I was nine before my family moved to New York, where I continued my education at the Lycée Français de New York. In New York, I completed various internships at non-governmental organizations such as ATD Fourth World, a French NGO devoted to eradicating extreme poverty around the world. When my family moved to Hong Kong when I was 15, I studied at the Chinese International School. In this bilingual institution, I was privileged enough to devote a lot of my time and energy to learning Chinese and immersing myself in the fascinating Hong Kong culture I was surrounded by. During my time in Hong Kong, I was selected by the Justice Center to complete an internship and was the co-president of the Free Clinic, a student-run free health clinic for low-income Hong Kong residents. These experiences intensified my passion for human rights social responsibility and deepened my love for leadership, all of which are passions I have been able to pursue here at Notre Dame.
I have been fortunate to take a range of classes permitting me to learn about my interests in a structured and intellectually challenging manner, such as taking an International Human Rights class through the Keough School of Global Affairs. I have also continued my passion for learning Chinese by taking a Chinese class five times a week. Outside of the classroom, I am a member of the Partners in Health chapter of Notre Dame, where I help advocate for the right to healthcare across Indiana and the globe.
The Experimental High School Attached to Beijing Normal University
I’m Jingqi, a freshman from Beijing. I’m majoring in History and Math.
I’m interested in arts and history. In Particular, I researched the intellectual history of post-war Japan from modern literature. In high school, I spent most of my time working in the student union. As the 34th president, I tried my best to bring changes to the school and create a better community. At Notre Dame, I’m continuing my exploration of East Asian studies while pursuing an in-depth understanding of math. I appreciate the rich academic resources that Notre Dame provided to me. Especially, I cherish the opportunities to solve my confusion with outstanding scholars. Their guidance broadened my horizons in the realm of historiography and topics on Chinese philosophy that others scarcely realize their importance.
Tianjin International School
I am majoring in biological sciences and am honored to be a part of the Glynn Family Honors Program. I live in Pasquerilla East Hall.
In high school as the StuCo president, I worked with the entire student council team to plan school-spirit initiating events and managed two student stores. Since my academic interest is grounded in science, I studied at a local biology lab for two summers and worked with fellow students on cancer therapy-related experiments.
Fortunately, I am able to attend Notre Dame in person this school year and live the entire Notre Dame experience! I am also extremely grateful to be able to meet many people with different backgrounds and stories and build relationships with different people. In this past semester, I participated mainly in the Greater China Scholars community, other medical-related clubs, and activities hosted by the Biology Department.
Notre Dame has provided so much for me to develop in various areas. I cannot wait to see what Notre Dame still has for me to discover, and I cannot wait to give back to the Notre Dame community in my own ways!