Currently I'm in my junior year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and addition to my involvement with ILS, I am also pursuing majors in Mandarin Chinese and English Literature-- complemented by a certificate in General Business. Chinese is my first passion, and I hope to return to China after graduation to continue my studies and involve myself in international trade and commerce.
In reference to my experience in ILS, I have taken Professor Staley's ILS 202, and Professor Middlecamp's ILS 251 on nuclear science and society. Currently I am enrolled in Professor Peter's course ILS 275-- narratives in social justice. In addition to watching the critically acclaimed TV series the Wire, we also read other commentaries on public policy and the crises our urban poor face. The variety and complexity of issues addressed in ILS courses is what keeps me enrolling in them.
Besides my academic life I lead a very active lifestyle-- playing basketball or working out daily and experimenting with new recipes in my kitchen. I love putting together wild and wacky recipes to try out and later impress my friends and family with. Additionally, I have played guitar for five years and been in and out of several garage bands. In my spare time I read histories and novels-- and also devote myself to the elementary aspects of new languages like Korean and Japanese.
Overall, what I love about ILS is the warm community of students and faculty that make me feel part of an academic family. The professors are extremely approachable and encourage their students to pursue ideas that go beyond the classroom, providing them the resources and know-how to affect the world. It is places like Meiklejohn that make this campus truly special and unique.