Meet UW-Marshfield/Wood County student: Lan “Eloise” Xu
Hometown: Dalian, Liaoning Province, China
High school attended: Dalian Yangguang High School
Current program or major: Business Accounting
Q: Why did you choose UW-Marshfield/Wood County?
LX: I want to study here for two years and succeed in transferring to UW-Madison. I need to learn language and spoken language, and this campus can provide me with these courses. UW-Marshfield/Wood County is like a ladder that can help me on my way to Madison.
Q: What surprised you the most about UW-Marshfield/Wood County when you arrived on campus?
LX: At first, I was worried that I could not communicate with foreigners very well. Then I found out that my fears were unfounded. Others are so enthusiastic that when I am in trouble, they will help me, even if we do not know each other.
Q: Why did you choose your program/major?
LX: I like to study knowledge related to mathematics. There are many people in my family who are in business. I was very interested in the financial topics they discussed at family gatherings. Business competition is fierce, but I will do my best to enrich my experience.
Q: In addition to being a college student, what takes up your free time?
LX: Music is a part of my life. I like to play the piano in the music room. I also like to listen to pop music and share my own songs on the internet. My other hobby is baking. I like to research and make desserts, especially here I can learn American desserts. This is very different from my hometown. I like the way of life here.
Q: Who has been your favorite professor or staff member?
LX: Lucy Ruder, my ESL (English as a Second Language) instructor, is warm-hearted and patient. In class, she will guide us in our own way of thinking. Whenever I have writing problems, she will patiently help me to correct and give more suggestions. She is more like my friend.
Q: What do you plan to do after UW-Marshfield/Wood County?
LX: I will finish my remaining two years’ of study at UW-Madison and prepare for graduate study. My expectation is to return home after graduate school and work in a foreign company.
Q: What is one piece of advice you have for incoming UW-Marshfield/Wood County students?
LX: Show your strengths as much as possible. Don’t be shy and don’t be afraid to make mistakes.