Class of 2013
Major: Business Management
Hometown: Wuhu Anhui, China
When Quan Yuan decided to come to Rivier College, he had never set foot on campus. Relatives living in Chelmsford, Massachusetts told Quan Rivier was a good school located in a nice place to live. He did some research online, decided they were right, and applied.
"America has a more advanced education system," Quan says. "There are a larger number of universities here." Quan says that whether he stays in the United States or returns to China after earning his degree, he'll have good career opportunities. "The economic environment is pretty complicated right now," Quan says, making a business degree a smart investment.
In addition to the typical issues freshmen encounter, Quan faces the additional challenge of speaking another language and learning a different culture. "Everything is new for me," he says.
Rivier students, faculty, and staff have helped Quan adjust to life in the United States. When Quan arrived on campus, International Student Advisor Dey Barriga showed him around and introduced him to residence life staff and people in the business office. "She's very helpful," Quan says. He's also made friends in the residence halls. "I have some friends in my suite—we talk a lot, they're friendly," he says.
Quan's favorite class so far has been writing. "It's good for my English, and writing is fundamental for being able to communicate in business," he says. The instructor, Dr. Tim Doherty, has spent time helping Quan with his English outside of class as well. "He's a very nice person," Quan says.
Overall, Quan is glad he decided to trust his family and apply to Rivier. "The school is good, the facilities are excellent, the people are nice—the environment is really amazing here," he says.