Finding Her Perfect Place

Moyi Tian '19 at the College Farm.

Moyi Tian '19 at the College Farm.

Moyi Tian ’19 

Meet Moyi Tian ’19, a student from China who loves singing Japanese songs, learning about American culture and challenging the way she perceives the world. Below, she discusses why she chose Dickinson and how she never misses an opportunity to learn about the world through international club events, guest speakers or peers who come from around the world. She also speaks about taking part in a Dickinson service trip to Detroit, an experience she highly recommends.


Mathematics and physics.

Clubs and organizations:  

Japanese Aesthetics Club and Ballroom Dance Club.


Alpha Lambda Delta, John Montgomery Scholarship, John Patton Memorial Prize, Co-Curricular Ensemble Scholarship for Violin, The Henry P. Cannon Memorial Prize and the Junior Sophister Prize.

Favorite book:

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie.

Favorite movie:

The Shawshank Redemption.

On choosing my major:

The first major I decided on was mathematics. I took two math classes during my first year, and I really enjoyed them. I like how logical and rational the mathematical way of thinking is, and I find that mathematics provides an interesting and inspiring perspective of the world. The lessons I learned in class can be applied to physics, chemistry, psychology, economics and so many other fields, so they are closely related to our everyday lives. I am looking forward to learning more about the beauty of pure math.

I then took some physics classes during my sophomore year. If math is conceptual and abstract, then physics is closer to our real, physical world. Things around us do not always function according to what the mathematical model implies.

In all, I feel that learning math and physics really opens up my mind, challenges my brain and shows me the loveliness of the world.

Favorite Dining Hall food:

Hash browns.

Most important lesson I’ve learned so far:

I have learned that my actions can really bring change to the world. It doesn’t matter how big the effect is; what matters is that you are willing to do something and take action.

On choosing Dickinson:  

I was very impressed by the cultural diversity at Dickinson. I am personally very interested in learning foreign languages, and Dickinson provides an outstanding environment for foreign language learning. At Dickinson there also are service trips, international clubs, global culture events and speeches by guest speakers from all over the world. For example, the Dickinson community really makes an effort to call for human rights and express concerns about various civic issues. As an international student and a global citizen, I want to learn about American society and also want to encounter other foreign cultures to better understand the world. Because of all that, I believe Dickinson is the perfect place for me.

As a kid …

… I wanted to be a doctor, but then I changed my mind and wanted to be a scientist.

Little-known talent … 

I am a very introverted person, and I usually become too nervous to give a powerful speech in public. But I am good at singing Japanese songs, and I become more confident when singing for others. I have given several beautiful performances singing Japanese anime songs.

Favorite place on campus:


In a perfect world …

… no one would be plagued by hunger and poverty and everyone would show respect towards each other.

On volunteering through service trips:

I have been on two service trips so far, to Detroit and to Philadelphia. They were both interfaith service trips that provided the chance to experience different religions while working with local nonprofits [to help people in need]. You not only get to know a bunch of new people from Dickinson, but also expand your understanding of American society and world religions. There are many service trips offered every semester, and I promise that they are all great opportunities!

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Published January 19, 2018