Meet Your Fellow Anteater
The International Center is committed to facilitating an enriching college experience for the international community at UC Irvine. Meet Your Fellow Anteater is an opportunity for us to connect international students by highlighting the involvements, accomplishments, and experiences of the outstanding students in our community. Don't be afraid to say "hi" when you see your fellow anteater around campus.
Liehan (Ricky) Jiang
Learn more about Ricky below:
I'm Ricky Jiang! A math major sophomore! My interests range from astronomy to Chinese ancient classics. Welcome to talk to me about anything! My hometown is Yancheng, China.
2. What is your favorite American food/snack?
I’m not a picky person, so actually I enjoy everything they serve in Pippin… If I have to pick up one, then it will be tostada. Well, Mexican food is pretty good.
3. What are three words you would use to describe yourself and why?
i) Lonesome. I’m not self-contempt to say this word. What I really mean is I can enjoy staying quiet or lonely; I won’t be mad if I have to do things without company, which I think is a good survival skill.
ii) Dynamic. I run; I jump; I play basketball; I love being wet in the rain; I like operating my brain quickly for a surprising-ending story; I travel wherever I never dare to go when I was young.
iii) Passionate. I’m optimistic for my life, and that’s why I’m passionate for my life, including all aspects like…math problems and chasing the girl.
4. Why did you choose to come to UCI for college?
I received offers throughout the US. and Canada. I finally chose UCI because first of all I like California sunshine. Meanwhile, Irvine is quite safe and full of innovative talents and corporations. UCI has brilliant faculty who are dedicated to teaching. I really appreciate it that last year I met many fantastic professors.
5. Who or what inspires/motivates you in life/school?
My family. I’m the first generation of college student in my family. My parents are endeavoring helping me with a better education, that’s why I can’t let them down. Apart from that, people around me and my desire of having a good future motivate/encourage me too. (I really like my hallmates when I was living in ME)
6. What are some of your involvements here at UCI? What drew you to these specific involvements/organizations?
I should be thankful that I joined International Peer Group, offered by ISEP. This group has always been my shelter of my soul, especially during the very first beginning when I didn’t know anyone in this campus. My mentor, other mentees, other mentors and mentees from other mentors all gave me great assistance.
7. What challenges have you faced and how have you overcome them?
To adjust from home country to a new country and to adjust from a high school kid to a college student are tough. Physically I needed to get used to the dry climate here. I had nose bleeding three times last year. Student Health Center is always reliable. Mentally I needed to get out of my previous warm bassinet and step into a self-reliant life. I tried, I made mistakes, but I learned to overcome difficulties.
8. What advice do you have for other international students currently adjusting to life in the United States?
I was not confident of my English, so I joined English Conversation Program and ISTEPS last year, which provided lectures or free conversation activities for us to practice English. Also, joining in native students’ group is also a good opportunity to learn local culture. Don’t be afraid of “isolating” from your previous atmosphere, trust the process.
9. What has been your favorite experience at UCI and/or the U.S. so far?
Watching NBA games live!!! Hmmm, this had been my dream for years and now I made it!!! Actually, what experiences I like most are just simple: I made friends here, I did well academically, I saw shooting stars in campus. All of these little things make my day.