alexander

ALEXANDER
WOO 

HOMETOWN:
Hong Kong                
HIGH SCHOOL:
Chinese International School/Occidental College   
MAJOR:
History: Worlds, Empires, and Encounters
THESIS:

Understanding Social Changes in Tang and Song China Through the Use of Islamic and Buddhist Art

FAVORITE
CLASS:
My favorite course so far has been my first archaeology class called Foragers to Farmers, with Professor Douglas Charles. Some of the course conten tincluded studying funerary arrangements, the layout of Catalhoyuk, and postulating potential alternatives to conventional theories on the settlement of the Americas. It inspired me to not only pursue an archaeology minor, but also taught me how to approach the understanding of cultures, both bygone and extant, in a new and engaging way.
CAMPUS
ACTIVITIES:
I am a member of the Wesleyan Fencing Team, the Asian American Student Collective, the Hong Kong Students Association, and served as the treasurer for PANGEA, the International Students’ Organization. Outside of these extra-curricular activities, I also enjoy running, reading, playing computer games, and taking advantage of Usdan’s buffet-style dining!
OUTSIDE
WESLEYAN:
I spent the summer of 2013 conducting research for my senior essay in Beijing and Xi'an. While there, I also fed my wanderlust by taking a number of day trips to the nearby cities via the bullet train (in part to also collect research for my essay)! I have also worked with Bulk Marine, a shipping company in Hong Kong, and Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics in Los Angeles.
FAVORITE WESLEYAN EXPERIENCE:
My one year at Wesleyan has already afforded me a wealth of new and irreplaceable experiences, but if I absolutely had to choose one, it would most likely be discovering the very active (both literally and metaphorically!) fencing team here at Wesleyan.
AFTER
WESLEYAN:

After Wesleyan, I hope to attend Law School, become a lawyer, and help alleviate some of society’s ills.

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