Tansy Tan

Country: China

Major/Minor: Accounting

Graduation: May 2019

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Why did you choose JMU?

I chose JMU for three reasons. First, I decided to major in business before I came to college, and JMU has a well-ranked College of Business. In addition, people in JMU are from diverse backgrounds and are extremely nice and open-minded. For example, when I just arrived here, strangers held the door for me.  Lastly, JMU’s dining offers one of the most fantastic food among all U.S. universities. My favorite food is Pai Thai from Top Dog. If you like Thai food, be sure to check that out. 

What is your favorite class?

COB 241 Financial Accounting is my favorite course. It is also one of the ten basic level courses that every business major needs to take. The professor I had is a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic instructor, who taught us not only about the textbook, but introduced us to real-world accounting. This is the course that well prepared me for my upper-level accounting courses and is the reason why I have accounting as my major.

Besides studying, how do you occupy your time?

I like cooking a lot. I actually never knew how to cook until I came here and met some close friends who are good cooks. We sometimes cook together and taste dishes that each of us made. I also love hiking and love the feeling of exploring the mountains and enjoying the beautiful views of nature.

What clubs and activities are you involved with at JMU?

In my freshman year, I participated in a lot of programs that the Office of International Programs (oIP) offers. Some of those activities and programs helped me connect with local families and improve my speaking skills. Later on, I started to seek out more opportunities to take on leadership positions. I am currently the Vice President of Bridges International and an ambassador for Student Advisory Council for College of Business. Through most of these organization, I am helping American and International Freshman to adapt to the JMU environment, like Chinese Student and Scholar Association (CSSA) and Proudly Assisting & Welcoming Students (P.A.W.S.).

What do you like best about JMU?

Absolutely it’s the people at JMU. I still remember when I first came here in 2014, I was anxious about not being able to contact my parents. I probably had a worried look, because many JMU students passed by, looked at me, and asked me whether I needed help. I felt a very warm welcome. LINKers 2014 were also doing an awesome job to help us during orientation. I ended up becoming a very close friend with one of the LINKers. I was encouraged to be a strong leader in this kind of friendly environment, which I really appreciate.

What advice would you give to new coming student?

I wish I would’ve known that JMU is such a comfortable and safe environment. oIP is a good department that hosts lots of interesting events for International Students to experience American culture. People are extremely nice here, and no matter where I go, as long as I want to, I can always make new friends. If I knew this earlier, I think I wouldn’t have felt that stressed before I came abroad. I would’ve spent more time with my family or studying English, instead of spending time being worried about something that never happened to me.

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