Your name: Yi Xie
Your home town: Shaoxing, China
Your major(s): History and English
Are you fluent in any language(s) other than English? I am a Chinese native speaker. I was born and raised in Shaoxing.
What are your career plans? I will go to a graduate school to get a history PhD. Then I hope to be a professor to teach and do research.
What is your favorite book or author and why? The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson. Wilkerson narrates the US history of migration in a fascinating and personal way that makes me want to read the book again and again. Not only her narrative but her beautiful and touching language makes me want to improve and be a historian like her.
What is your favorite word? Passion. I feel passion when I read and write. Most of the time, I feel passion when I study. I think the most important reason that makes me want to be a historian is that my passion lies in history.
Describe a significant breakthrough in your development as a writer: I used to write in Chinese when I grew up. It was difficult for me to write essays and research papers in English when I came to the states at first. I spent most of my time reading, writing, and editing during my first semester at college. I fell in love with writing and wanted to be a better writer. During the same time, I discovered my passion in humanities, which was a breakthrough for me as a writer.