international student spotlight

Serene Chua '15

Ipoh, Malaysia
Multidisciplinary Studies

How did you hear about Colby-Sawyer?

I heard about Colby-Sawyer College through Shu Wen Teo, another Malaysian student who recently graduated with a degree in Biology.

Who is your favorite professor and why?

My favorite professor is Ewa Chrusciel. She is such a sweetheart, both in and outside the classroom but what strikes me most about her is her passion for the material she teaches. She poses questions beyond the texts and makes us think about the bigger picture and that is extremely valuable. She also has a genuine concern for student progress and is very understanding.

What's your advice to students who are thinking about applying to Colby-Sawyer College?

Just do it! The idea of leaving home to an unknown place may be daunting but it is such a worthwhile experience. You grow so much as a person, and the liberal arts education here really contributes to that growth as well.

What is something that surprised you about campus once you were a student?

I was surprised by how pretty it looked, especially in the fall. I did not know what it looked like beforehand; all I saw were a few pictures. I love the size; it's perfect!

Do you work on campus, and if so, what is your job?

Yes. I am a Resident Assistant in McKean Hall, a student worker at the International Student Services and will be a Tour Guide for the Admissions office in the fall.

What has been your most memorable experience at Colby-Sawyer?

I have enjoyed meeting different kinds of people. The toughest thing for me was leaving friends and family behind in Malaysia, but I feel at home here just because of the incredible support I have received from friends, professors, staff as well as people in the local community.

What activities have you been involved in on campus? Any favorites?

I am heavily involved in the Crossroads Christian Fellowship and that is where my heart lies. I am also an active member of the Voices of CSC and am in the CSC Singers.