Song Wen Tao
English Name: Lucas
Hometown: City, Country - Chong Qing, China
Major: Fashion Merchandising
Why did you choose Marist College?
Before I chose a school I made the decision to study fashion. When I did the research I found Marist has a great fashion program and a good location near New York City. This is good for my future. In addition, their admission office is so good. Joe helped me a lot.
What was your favorite class? Why?
So far my favorite class at Marist is definitely fashion. The Introduction of Fashion gave me so much background on fashion history. I was also able to choose the topic for my semester project, I have so much fun. I made the right decision about this major.
What is the best part of living on campus?
The best part about living at Marist is living in Midrise, it is a good experience for me. It is in the center of the school so I don’t need to walk far to class or the dining hall. As an international student it makes life much easier.
Where is your favorite place on campus?
My favorite place is the Hudson River. There is a great view and I took photos of it for my fashion project. It also makes me feel at home because my home town has a river too.
How do you connect with friends and family at home while at Marist?
I connect by talking or video talk with my friends and family through QQ which is kind of Chinese version MSN. Sometimes I send postcards. In my eyes, connecting with friends and family is not a problem because we have Wifi all over campus.
What kind(s) of extracurricular activities are you involved in?
I am member of few clubs such as Fashion Inc, Campus Ministry, and Asia Alliance. I have volunteered to help children prepare for Halloween, volunteer for the fashion show in New York City, and interview people at the Wall Street protests. During winter break I took part in the "Marist in Paris" program. The program is great. I learned about the French culture and fashion. I believe that it can be helpful for my studies and career.
Tell us about a “cultural” moment you had at Marist (culture shock, funny story, etc.).
I think most people's impression of China is of "Old China". I have met some people who ask me, "Does China have freedom or democracy?“. The world is becoming more international, I do not think people will experience big culture shock now.
What do you do for fun outside of Marist?
We always go to Gallery mall which is near Marist. If we have time we can take the train to New York City.