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Transferring to major in Agriculture in the US

07 Jun, 2019
Transferring to major in Agriculture in the US

Xingyu Zhu (Troy), from China, is in his fourth semester at Pine Manor College. He completed Kings Boston's GO: Prepared and High School Completion programs before starting at PMC.

As a student interested in Agricultural Studies, he excelled in his science courses. He even won PMC's award for Outstanding Achievement in Chemistry! So far, Xingyu has received two Top 100 transfer offers from University of Wisconsin–Madison (ranked #49) and Texas A&M University–College Station (#66).

Where are you from and why did you decide to come to study in the US?

I am from Taizhou, China. Studying in China was very stressful for me. There was a lot of pressure. In the US I can have time to do what I want to do, and I can choose my major by myself. In China your major depends on your grades and you have to choose very early in university.

What do you like about studying in Boston?

I like the academic environment in Boston. The seafood is good and different from seafood in China. I like that the architecture is different, and I like taking pictures of it.

What is your major and what do you like about it?

My major is Agriculture. People go to my family's greenhouse in China to pick fruit like strawberries and you can see they are happy, and they really enjoy it. The technology for greenhouses is interesting to me. Observing the growing process is fun!

Where are you going to transfer and why?

I am choosing between University of Wisconsin–Madison, Texas A&M University and Purdue University. All of these schools have Agriculture but different types, so I need to speak with my family about which major is the best. I would like to go to all of those schools.

How did Kings help you with your transfer applications?

Brittney is really helpful and helped me edit my personal statement and get other transfer materials together. We have interesting discussions and I was able to tell her and show her what I want to do with agriculture.

How did your Pine Manor College courses help you increase your academic skills?

They helped me increase my critical thinking skills and cooperation when I had to do group work. I learned basic chemistry and biology through courses to get me ready for agriculture.

Any words of advice to other students who want to study in the US or in Boston specifically?

Enjoy your life in Boston. Make a friend who has a different culture than your own. I think culture is interesting. Culture shock makes you learn more and people from China need to learn to change some of their traditional ways to join a multicultural family like what I have here at Boston.