Your name: Jesse Wang
Your home town: Audubon, PA
Your major(s): Business, Chinese Language & Literature
Are you fluent in any language(s) other than English?
I am proficient in Mandarin Chinese.
What are your career plans?
I’m still uncertain about my plans career-wise, but I know that I want to work abroad in China after I graduate.
What is your favorite book or author and why?
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez. I love Márquez’s use of magical realism throughout the novel. The way he describes the characters’ thoughts, observations, and surroundings is what really drew me in and kept me captivated.
What is your favorite word? Sanguine
Describe (in a short paragraph) a significant breakthrough in your development as a writer:
My first breakthrough occurred during my junior year of high school, when my history teacher, Mrs. Weigel, assigned my class an essay on the book The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara. I was extremely determined to put as much effort into my work as possible, citing and including information from every book, article, and film related to the Battle of Gettysburg I came across. The result was a complete disaster, and when I received my grade, I was devastated. While the essay easily met the word limit, it was clearly lacking in structure and flow. Seeing how upset I was, Mrs. Weigel took me aside and gave me in-depth feedback on how I could revise my work. She also offered me a piece of advice about writing that has remained with me to this day: having the appropriate content is only half the battle; the other half is framing the content so that the essay develops both logically and elegantly.