For Hub City Times
Name: Muen “Alice” Chen.
Hometown: Beijing, China.
High school: No. 1 Middle School Affiliated to Central China University.
Current program or major: International business.
Q: Why did you choose UW-Marshfield/Wood County?
Muen “Alice” Chen: I’m happy to study in UW-Marshfield/Wood County because it is a good place to start my learning experience in America. It is a smaller campus compared with other four-year universities.
I have more opportunities to participate in all kinds of school activities and in some leadership programs. I have more confidence to ask teacher questions.
I think studying on this campus was a wise choice because the friends I have made are friendly, and the professors are always willing to help me with problems.
Q: What surprised you the most about UW-Marshfield/Wood County when you arrived on campus?
Chen: The campus has very small class ratio than I could imagine. During my first semester, there were only 12 students in trigonometry class, so teachers can be more focused on (helping) every student.
Q: Why did you choose your program/major?
Chen: Today, with the trend of economic globalization, there are closer economic and trade cooperation as well as exchanges between China and other parts of the world. Lots of Chinese companies are willing to expand their business overseas, so I would like to help a Chinese company expand their market abroad.
Q: What are you learning about your career field that you find interesting or rewarding?
Chen: It’s interesting to know how firms and businesses operate. In the economics class, I learned both microeconomics and macroeconomics so I have a fundamental idea about the theory that applied in it.
In our economics class, we not only focus on the textbook. The professor will sometimes provide us outside sources in the real business world. In that way it provides us a unique insight to relate the knowledge we learned in class with actual life.
Q: In addition to being a college student, what takes up your free time?
Chen: Usually I like staying at the apartment, hanging out with my friends, and watching movies. During the weekend, I sometimes go fishing with my friends.
Q: Who has been your favorite professor or staff member?
Chen: I have geology class this semester. Mr. Tom Bitner is my professor. Honestly, I was afraid of going to that class at the beginning because it is complicated with so many unfamiliar terms. However, when I explained that to Mr. Bitner, he understood my situation and encouraged me. I feel happy to have him as my professor because he is easy-going and nice.
Q: What do you plan to do after UW-Marshfield/Wood County?
Chen: I plan to transfer to UW-Madison to get my bachelor’s degree, and maybe I want to have a one-year internship in the U.S. to gain some practical experience.
Q: What is one piece of advice you have for incoming UW-Marshfield/Wood County students?
Chen: As an international student, I know it is hard to adapt to life here at the beginning. However, all my experiences with American people are always so kind and nice.
For incoming students, communicate with your professor before dropping a class. College is obviously harder than high school, and it’s common that (you will) have difficulties so set up an appointment with the professor and find out the problem to see if they can help you.