Meet the Seniors

Ziqing He
Hometown: Kunming, Yunnan Province
Major: Social Science, Business and Finance (double major)


As He Ziqing ’20 describes all the experiences she has gone through over the past four years as an NYU Shanghai student, she notices that one word keeps popping up. “I just realized I say the word ‘uncertainty’ a lot,” she says with a smile. “But now, I have the confidence to say, ‘OK, there’s uncertainty, but I kind of know how to deal with it.’ Even if something crazy happens, I can find ways to adapt to it.” 

Hometown: Edison, New Jersey, USA
Major: Data Science and Finance


“Going to school I felt like an American, being at home I felt like a Pole,” says Bogdanowicz. “So I kind of felt like a global citizen starting out already. I was always willing to sort of explore and go abroad, but I never had the opportunity.”
Eric Song Yilun
Hometown: Suzhou, China
Major: Physics with a minor in Mathematics


Song has known he would be a scientist since his high school days. In four years at NYU Shanghai, he has gone from an eager freshman to an author of two papers in leading science journals around the world.
Audrey Samuel '20
Hometown: Kumasi, Ghana
Major: Social Science; focus in Political Science


For most of her life, Audrey Samuel has lived in Ghana, but has also called Sri Lanka—her birthplace—home. Now, after four years at NYU Shanghai, when she’s asked where home is, she can add Shanghai, Washington DC, and Berlin to her list.
Amy DeCillis '20:
Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Major: Global China Studies


Amy DeCillis ’20 remembers exactly where she was when she realized she would be heading to NYU Shanghai for college: in her hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina, on her way to vote for the first time ever in a primary election for the 2016 US presidential race.
Tim Wu Guangyu '20
Hometown: Shanghai, China
Major: Data Science, and Business and Finance


When Tim Wu Guangyu ’20 was considering where to apply for college during his senior year in high school, NYU Shanghai was just three years old—and had not yet graduated its first class. Wu’s school counselor was doubtful about such a new university, but Wu decided to give it a shot.

Owen, Harry, and Frank
Three NYU Shanghai students have been named members of the newest class of Schwarzman Scholars, receiving full fellowships to pursue a Master’s degree in Global Affairs at Tsinghua University’s Schwarzman College. Harry Zixin Wang ’20(王子昕), Frank Jiaqiao Xiang ’20 (向家乔), and Owen Junan Zhang ’20 (张珺安) are among 145 scholars selected from over 4,700 applicants around the world and are the first Chinese citizen students to be selected from NYU Shanghai.
Ma Haitian
Ma Haitian ’20 has won a Clarendon Scholarship from the University of Oxford, which will fully fund her graduate studies in Comparative Literature and Critical Translation this fall. The first student from NYU Shanghai to win a Clarendon, Ma was one of 130 graduate students selected from across Oxford University’s various disciplines to receive the full-tuition scholarship.
Madison and Adele
Two NYU Shanghai fourth-year students have received prestigious Fulbright Awards to fund advanced study and English teaching in the 2020-2021 academic year. Madison Pelletier ’20 was granted a Fulbright Study Award to pursue a Masters in International Crimes, Conflict and Criminology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Netherlands, while Vittoria Vitucci ’20 was awarded a place in the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program in South Korea.
Emma Song
Song Yunqi (Emma) ’20 learned earlier this semester that she had been granted a full-tuition Erasmus Mundus Scholarship. Beginning this fall, Song will be able to compose a program in Evolution Biology (MEME) from course offerings at universities in the Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, France, Switzerland, and the United States.