China contributes more international students to the University of Chicago than any other country. To ease new students’ transition, the University of Chicago Center in Beijing hosted students, family members, and alumni at the annual Send-Off Party in Beijing, organized by the University of Chicago’s Alumni Association. Over 75 people attended the event, including 34 incoming students to the College and graduate programs, 13 returning students, 14 alumni, and many family members of incoming students.
Beth Bader, Director of the Center in Beijing, opened the event with an introduction to the Center in Beijing, a resource for students and alumni in Asia for academic conferences, student programs, and student internships. Bader also recognized the board of the Alumni Club, including its president, Paul Wang.
Faculty Director Dali Yang, who is also a parent of two students currently in the College, explained in Chinese the history of the University of Chicago, recounting Rockefeller’s founding of the institution in 1892 and various major figures and events that influenced the University. With parents in the audience in mind, he also covered important aspects of campus life for incoming students, including campus safety, food and dining, extracurricular activities, as well as academic life.
After Professor Yang’s remarks, a reception followed that gave incoming students the chance to make new friends before beginning a college career far away from home. Incoming students also had the chance to meet current students and discuss campus opportunities and activities, including Registered Student Organizations (RSOs), intramural sports, volunteer opportunities, on-campus employment, and Greek organizations. In addition, students networked with alumni who discussed their experiences in Chicago as well as their current lives in Asia.
Organizers: Stephanie Veit, Director of International Alumni Relations, and Paul Wang, President of the Beijing Alumni Club