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My experience as a GO: Madison student in Wisconsin

18 Feb, 2021
My experience as a GO: Madison student in Wisconsin

Rexiati (Allen) Yilixiati, from China, has recently been accepted to the College of Engineering at University of Wisconsin—Madison for Spring 2021.

As part of the GO:Madison program he studied at Kings at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Fox Cities, taking part in Engineering Club and playing on the school’s soccer team. We recently spoke with Allen about his experience as a GO: Madison student.

Hi Allen, what made you pursue a college degree in the United States?

"I wanted to pursue a learning style different from what is offered in China. In China, education is focused largely on tests, but in the United States it is more of an experiential learning system. In the United States, I am able to focus more on what I like because I have the freedom to choose courses that interest me."

What major are you interested in, and why?

I am studying Mechanical Engineering. This major interests me because I am good at solving problems and enjoy approaching issues from an analytical standpoint. I also like this major because it involves hands-on learning and I think that approach is a good fit for me.

What are your plans after graduation?

After I finish my undergraduate degree, I would like to pursue a graduate degree in the United States. After I complete my education in the United States, I would like to return to China to work in the engineering field.

Why did you choose to study at Kings at UWO, Fox Cities?

"In high school my grades were not outstanding, so I choose to come to Kings at UWO, Fox Cities to improve my academic standing and build my student profile. The support offered here made that possible."

What is your favorite class, why do you like it?

My favorite class has been Calculus. I enjoy solving math problems and it is a subject that is interesting for me and useful for my major.

What class have you found most challenging?

The class I have found to be the most challenging was my Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar. It was a challenging course because it forced me to work on my grammar skills. Although it was difficult, it was a useful course as I was able to improve my English and grammar skills.

Have you decided on your target schools? How did Kings staff guide you through the process?

Yes, I have been accepted to the Department of Engineering Mechanics in the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin—Madison.

Kings staff have been very helpful with the transfer process. They always helped me solve any problems I encountered with my application. At one point, UW-Madison lost my high school transcripts. Kings was able to help me solve this problem by helping me reach out to Madison and locate my transcripts. Without their help, my application would not have been reviewed.

Has there been any difficulties with classes or life in general? What kind of assistance did you get from Kings staff?

"When I first arrived in the United States, I experienced culture shook. It was difficult to understand different communication styles and different cultural values. Kings helped me overcome this challenge by helping me navigate life in the United States, and I was able to adjust."

Which student activity did you enjoy the most?

My favorite activity was playing on the school’s soccer team. At the end of the season we won second place in the championship. It was a great experience because I was able to continue my soccer training and build my student profile at the same time.

What is your favorite part of living in Appleton/Menasha?

My favorite part of living in this area is going to the supermarkets. I like to cook meals in my apartment and I enjoy exploring the area through food.

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