April 15, 2019
The University of Chicago Center in Beijing came out of its winter hibernation on Saturday, April 15, for the 2019 Admitted Students Day, sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the Office of Graduate Admissions. This annual event serves as an initial welcome to the University of Chicago community, as well as opportunity for prospective admitted undergraduate and graduate students and their families to learn more about the student experience through conversations with alums, faculty, and staff members. Center in Beijing staff members look forward to the lively atmosphere that Admitted Students Day brings to the Center each spring, and the 2019 installation was no disappointment, with over 200 students and families filling the Center for a day of panel discussions, Q&A sessions, and conversation.
To kick off the event, Ji YUAN, Interim Executive Director of the Center in Beijing, led attendees on a tour of the Center in Beijing’s facilities. In his introduction, Mr. Yuan detailed the University of Chicago’s long history in China and introduced some of the accomplishments of University of Chicago scholars and faculty members from China. As a former Chicago resident and UChicago parent, Mr. Yuan was also able to provide an enthusiastic introduction to the city, replete with recommendations for making the most of the University’s location.
All attendees then gathered in the Center’s event space, where Judith Farquhar, Max Palevsky Professor Emerita of Anthropology and of Social Sciences; Faculty Director, University of Chicago Center in Beijing, formally welcomed them to the University of Chicago community. Adam SUN (MBA ’98), President of the Alumni Club of Beijing, followed Professor Farquhar’s remarks by welcoming students to the University of Chicago Beijing community. Mr. Sun elaborated on the role that the University of Chicago has played in his professional and personal development and encouraged students to take every opportunity provided by their entrance into the University of Chicago community.
Upon the conclusion of the large-group meeting, attendees divided into two groups for the undergraduate and graduate alumni panel and Q&A sessions. The graduate alumni panel featured alums from a range of divisions and programs, including Adam SUN, Bolong SONG (MPP ’15), Dan LUO (MPP ’16), Shuangyang LI (MS ’14), and Zhaoran LI (MAPSS ’18). Three recent graduates of the College—Ashley Tran (AB ’15), Pearson Goodman (AB ’17), and Hannah Rausch (AB ’16)—spoke on the undergraduate alumni panel. Each panelist briefly shared their experience at the University before answering questions from students and parents.
After the main event, the Center in Beijing hosted a reception for families and students to interact informally and, hopefully, develop bonds that will carry them through their time at the University of Chicago.