Roots. Snail. Heart.
Currently a sophomore at Middlebury, Shan is considering a double major in religions and computer science or religions and art history. Her name means “mountain” in Chinese. Shan was born and raised in Chengdu, China but has also spent a significant portion of her life in Singapore Pennsylvania, US, Japan and Germany.
Shan celebrates cultural diversity and finds her time spent in these distinctive places incredibly colourful and transformational. They have sharpened her awareness of the various challenges, and opportunities, faced by a multiracial and multicultural community, which extends to our globe and our universe.
On campus, Shan is a lead student consultant at the Information and Technology Helpdesk, where she learns how technology is transforming education and people’s life from the front line. Shan also serves as a Museum Assistant at the College’s Art Museum; she holds this opportunity to explore humanity’s shared cultural and artistic heritage with a wide range of audience close to her heart. In addition, Shan is also participating in Language In Motion program, where she shares her cross-cultural experiences with high school students from the Vermont community.
Involved in social activism since middle school, Shan is particularly committed to environmental education, heritage conservation and cross-cultural conversations. Shan feels deeply blessed and fortunate for the opportunities her education has offered and aspires to share these transformational experiences with more people. Currently Shan is exploring ecotourism in rural China as a mean towards sustainable rural development, a platform for non-academic education and a medium for cross-cultural dialogues.