chunyang wang

University: New York University Abu Dhabi & Swarthmore College
Major: Anthropology, Art
Languages: Chinese, Italian
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Biography: I was born and raised in China. Because my parents had to forgo their educational opportunities at a young age, they have always encouraged me to pursue the best education. After studying in China, the US, and the UAE, I developed an immense interest in investigating cross cultural similarities and differences. I just completed my first year at NYU Abu Dhabi and am now transferring to Swarthmore College in order to study anthropology and art.

During high school, I initiated a student-led, community-wide mental health conference for teens, and the third iteration is on its way. Working with Woodenfish Foundation, I helped coordinate two international Buddhism and science conferences in China and the US. At NYUAD, I was active in co-leading the Special Olympics volunteer ambassador team and organizing Appreciation Day for our contracted staff from around the world. I also exhibited my painting along with international artists in the UAE. This summer, Iā€™m interning with Stepping Stones to help evaluate their programs and contribute to ongoing research of designing better programs for migrant children and workers in China. Upon graduation, I hope to pursue a PhD in anthropology and use research as an instrument to advocate for the overall well-being of migrants.