Walter is a Computer Science major and is aiming to graduate in 2017.
What made you want to study at a US university and CWRU in particular?
The United States is and has been the leader in science, technology and engineering for the past century. Since I'm one of the engineering students, coming to the United States for college would provide a good education in these areas. More than that, US universities often value different aspect of education in addition to professional development, which my parents and I feel is important. The United States also provide me a great opportunity to explore another culture, and other cultures, which is an invaluable life experience. CWRU has a good engineering program while being a complete university with lots of resources available to students.
What do you miss most about your home country?
Definitely food and the convenience of a densely populated city. Food here is just not as good. I missed food from China despite the fact that I'm fine with food here. For the city part, back home, there is efficient public transportation and there are lots of things to do since the city has 2 million people in the downtown. However, in Cleveland, there are less things to do and without having a car, transportation is not as convenient. It could be an upside as well, as it helps me focus on my study and campus involvements.
How has your global perspective changed now that you have studied in the US?
I was an exchange student in Albuquerque, NM when I was a high school junior so a lot of perspective changes happen around then. I saw how people value things differently. For instance, back home sets of "standards of good", like academic achievement is a rather, but in the US, students have more independent goals and there are a lot more aspects to what "good" is and the standard of good is more relative. Overall, people have more diverse pursuits.
What was your favorite class at CWRU, and why?
EECS 132, Introduction to Java so far. The class is well designed, well delivered and has interesting projects. I enjoyed the learning along with these hand-on experiences in working on projects. Although class content is basic, the class design aimed to provide a solid foundation in programming for students.
What would you like to do after you have completed your educational
experience at CWRU?
Depending on whether I would like to stay longer in schools, I might go to grad school(somewhere else, likely, for the experience), but regardless I would like to enter the industry, things like big data, internet, artificial intelligence and computing are exciting and I can't be more excited to put things I know and learned into real world application and products. Meanwhile I would like to visit more places around the world.
What advice would you give to students arriving to study at CWRU?
Try things, get involved and be open minded! College is a place to explore your interest and get to learn about the difference between you and others. No matter whether you're domestic or international, you can always appreciate the opportunities here. Trying things allow you to explore your interest(or dislikes, as well) and potentially impact your career decisions. Getting involved, on the other hand, allows you to keep in sync of all the opportunities around the campus and get connected with other people. Being an active part of the campus society is an exciting experience.