He participated in an email interview with the Indiana Daily Student to discuss what it was like to be a new international student at IU.
IDS: Where are you from?
Wen: Mainland China.
IDS: Why did you decide to come to IU?
Wen: Because of the great Kelley school, pretty campus, typical American life and friendly environment.
IDS: What was it like when you first arrived?
Wen: Honestly, the first impression was not that good, as I arrived here in December 2008. You know, the winter here is just horrible.
Even though it was my first time seeing such a big snowy place, after 2 days of excitement, I started to get stuck on it. I knew nothing about here before, so I rarely use public transportation.
That is true for most of us international students. So, I almost walked everywhere in the snow. You know, in China, we always use air conditioner in winter instead of the heater. That’s totally different.
I always put on too many clothes outdoors and took off most of them when I went indoors. Even though my speaking was fine, I had no idea about some local slang. I spent some time and worked it out.
IDS: What did you choose to get involved in and why?
Wen: As an international student, of course I prefer to get involved with people from my country. So, I hooked up with IUCSSA at the very beginning.
After that, I also got involved with some dorm clubs or sports clubs. But obviously, being with IUCSSA was the most convenient.
IDS: What’s the best advice you have for new international students?
Wen: I think I got a bunch of advice since I had a really tough time being here at the very beginning.
The best one I would say is don’t worry too much about everything. Just take it easy. Be confident, and you will attain what you wish to.
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