Macon State College MVPs is a web feature that profiles notable students, alumni, faculty and staff.
Full Name: Suei Huang. “Suei means friendly. Huang means yellow.”
Age: “52 +, but I feel that I am always 18 in my mind and my heart.”
Originally From: Taipei, Taiwan.
High School: “I graduated from business high school in Taipei, Taiwan, a long time ago.”
Family: “My dad passed away in April 2006. He loved traveling very much. He was a very smart and hard-working person. He loved people very much, and he had a sense of humor. My mom lives in Taiwan. I have two brothers and two sisters. My youngest sister and her daughter have co-written one book published in Taiwan. I have two children. My son is 25, and he works in Taipei. He has been to more than thirty countries. He has published two books in Taiwan. My daughter is 21. She attends UGA, majoring in psychology and art. She has been to about 20 countries, and she has published two books in Taiwan. They are my traveling partners. On one of our trips, we biked around Taiwan for 22 days.”
Current Employment: "I have been working at the Macon State foreign language lab since 2007. I love helping professors and students very much. Besides that, I am a free-lance writer, and was at one time a columnist for newspapers and magazines in Taiwan.”
Degree Objective: “Bachelor of science in math. I also want to take more courses in public speaking because I used to give a lot of speeches in Taiwan as a major source of income. Furthermore, Professor Sydney Chalfa has touched my heart through her magnificent public speaking class.”
Class Rank: Junior.
Activities: “I used to take photos for the student newspaper here at Macon State, as I used to do in Taiwan as well. I am a member of the International Students Club. I am a member of the Math Club. I will be volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House in fall 2009. I also spend a lot of time studying the buildings of downtown Macon. I have fallen in love with Macon ever since I moved to the downtown area last year, so much so that I would like to write a book about Macon in the future.”
Career Goals: “I have published fifteen books in Taiwan and I hope to continue writing. My current goals are to get my bachelor's in math. After I accomplish that, I want to go to graduate school to earn my master's and eventually my Ph.D. My long-term goals are teaching in college and writing children's books in English.”
She chose Macon State College because … “I visited a smattering of colleges from the west coast to the east coast. I feel that Macon State College is a small college with students of very diverse ages. I feel more comfortable learning with students of all ages. It really feels like a society to me. After I enrolled in Macon State, I fell in love with it. I love all of my professors. I enjoy learning from them very much. Sometimes I wish I could stay on campus all day long without going home.”
The one thing that surprised her about Macon State was … “There have been many surprising things to me about Macon State. Laureen Lowman (assistant professor of math) has made me love math. The librarians are always helpful. The library has been my friend since I was a child. The counseling center and tutors have been helpful to me as well.”
Her favorite professor is … “Actually, I love all of my professors: Laureen Lowman, Jonas Strecker, Dr. Patrick Brennan, Dr. Kevin Cantwell, Dr. James Floyd, Dr. Julie Lester, Dr. John Trimboli, Dr. Kang-Ping Cheng, Dr. Xubo Wang, Dr. Chris Hill and Wanda Eanes.”
Her favorite place to study is … “Believe it or not, my favorite places to study are either Books-A-Million or Barnes & Noble. I love to study in the library too.”
One thing people don’t know about her is … “I have backpacked through more than 50 countries. I have hitched rides with strangers in many countries as well. I am afraid of nothing except my class exams. I cannot sleep when a test is coming.”
Her friends make fun of her because … “I will spend my entire birthday at Barnes & Noble bookstore.”
The one person she’d most like to meet is … “Carl Friedrich Gauss. I want to ask him how to make mathematics easier for me.”
Five years from now she sees herself … “Finished with my bachelor's degree. I will be in graduate school, and I will have published at least two more books. Of course, I will still feel that school is heaven for me.”