Wartburg is my home now

NAME: Angeline Neo 
HOMETOWN: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 
MAJOR: Art and graphic design

INVOLVEMENT ON CAMPUS: Phi Eta Sigma, Tower Agency, TEDx marketing and communication manager, Asian Student Association 

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE WARTBURG: My church collaborates with churches here and offers scholarships to third-world women to build more women leaders. I love everything about Wartburg, from the environment and the people and the size of the campus and the weather, sometimes. The first year, when I went back home, home wasn’t as much home any more. I feel like Wartburg is home. I missed going to classes, and I missed my friends. That’s how much I like Wartburg now. 

HOW DID GETTING INVOLVED HELP YOU FEEL MORE AT HOME ON CAMPUS: It helped me in terms of my leadership skills and communication skills. I’ve made so much more friends. I’m glad that the people that don’t come from my culture get to learn about my culture, and that’s what I wanted the most from it. 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING YOU HAVE DONE TO HELP SHARE YOUR CULTURE WITH OTHERS: The Ramen Festival. People really enjoyed eating ramen. They get to taste the ramen from five different countries: Thailand, China, Indonesia, Japan, and Malaysia. 

Angeline Neo

HOW DID YOU DECIDE ON YOUR MAJOR: Since I was young, I knew I was more toward the creative side. Before I came here, I was already in college back home doing a diploma in architechture. I already completed my first year, but it just so happens that God wanted me to get this scholarship, and I have to stop everything that I am supposed to do and start everything from scratch. But, they didn’t offer architechture courses here, so I took graphic design. Now I love it more than architecture. 

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE CLASS SO FAR: Painting. I didn’t know that I am good at painting until I took that class, and because of that class I get to sell my paintings. So far, I think I’ve sold three: two to the Wartburg art collection (they are on display in The Den and Safety and Security Office) and the third went to a Decorah art gallery exhibition and someone bought it. It’s crazy. When I first came to Wartburg, I didn’t want to graduate just like any other people. I want to walk away from Wartburg and leave my mark. 

YOU ALSO CREATED THE YOU BELONG LOGO. HOW DID THAT FEEL KNOWING YOU WERE CREATING SOMETHING THAT WOULD PLAY SUCH AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE CAMPUS CULTURE: I was speechless. I didn’t think it would be that big. I thought it was just another small project. I am proud, and I thank God that he gave me this wonderful gift that I can impact people. I feel like college is a good way to start my life of impacting other people. 

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST DIFFICULT CLASS: Physics. No, just kidding. It’s accounting. 

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS AFTER GRADUATION: I want to go to grad school and learn about user experience, more about online design. I will use my graphic design skills to apply it to user experience and my art skills to do it as a hobby. 

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS CONSIDERING WARTBURG: Be mentally strong and try to be open minded about the experience. You want people to learn about your culture, but first you have to learn about the culture here. Be involved on campus as much as you can.