Jacqueline Chung, '13
Hometown: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Campus Activities: Best Buddies, Student Alumni Association, International Student Union, math tutor, campus tour guide, Kids at Hope student mentor
Why did you choose Albion?
Just two words: Lewis Cardenas, the recruiter for international students. He was the main reason for me having chosen this college. My sister and I visited a college fair in Dubai at which Albion College was present among many others. Lewis was there, too, and he described the campus, the liberal arts and the pre-medical program, Halloween (which we had never experienced until coming here), etc. My mother thought the size of the college was perfect. And since being here, Albion has truly lived up to its promises and become a home away from home for me and my sister.
What is your best Albion memory or experience?
There are so many memories that I have, but the best would have to be the first time I celebrated Thanksgiving. The Center for International Education had organized a Thanksgiving dinner for all the international students, to which everyone was welcome to bring a meal of their own. I, along with a few others, decided that we would cook a turkey and impress everyone else. Little did we know what was in store for us. We cooked the turkey at too high a temperature and left it in for too long. So, you can pretty much guess what became of the turkey. The other students didn't mind, though let me say that they have never let me live it down since then! It ended up being the most amazing time ever, burnt turkey included.
What are your future plans?
To be a cardiothoracic surgeon. I have wanted to be a doctor ever since I had seen the movie "Patch Adams," starring Robin Williams. I also want to join the United Nations WHO and travel to underdeveloped countries delivering aid to them.
How have financial aid and scholarships helped you?
If it wasn't for financial aid, I would have probably not been able to study at Albion College because of the expenses.
How would you finish this sentence? "Because you give to Albion ...
... I am closer to realizing my dream of becoming a doctor."