Lydia Zheng

Credentials: Biology (Pre-Physician Assistant) and Chinese (BS)

Pronouns: she/her/hers

What is your favorite class in ALC that you have taken so far and why?

My favorite class in the ALC community was ASIALANG 302: Sixth Semester Chinese during my second semester at UW-Madison as a freshman. The small classroom environment fostered a sense of community. In addition to gaining a deeper understanding of the Chinese language and culture, I built meaningful connections and formed lasting friendships with my classmates. My teaching assistants, Su laoshi and Yun laoshi, were approachable and kind, making the class even more enjoyable. Their support and guidance significantly contributed to my learning journey.

A bit about me, and why I want to be a Peer Mentor:

As someone who grew up speaking Chinese (Mandarin) and English, I’m interested in becoming a Peer Mentor to share my bilingual background and cultural insights with students. My language proficiency and understanding can play a role in creating a supportive and inclusive environment for all language learners. I hope to guide others on their language-learning journey and foster a sense of community. Additionally, the opportunity to engage with prospective students, participate in classroom visits, and contribute to department activities aligns perfectly with my passion for promoting language education.