Student Spotlight: Caleb Peng

Name: Caleb Peng
Hometown: Wallingford, CT
Major: Psychology
Cultural Background: Chinese American
Class Year: 2013

 

Tell us about yourself: I was born in Beijing, China on April Fool’s Day (or was I?) and immigrated to the U.S. at the age of two. I grew up in a small, farm town in Connecticut. I was one of about three non-caucasian students and coming to Emory was quite a culture shock for me. One of my role models is Superman. I know it sounds silly and ridiculous but my goal is not to be invincible, be able to fly, or have heat/x-ray vision. With all his powers and strength, he chooses to use them for good and justice rather than greed and oppression. This is something rarely seen in real life but something I try to hold myself to.

 

How and when did you first become interested in your field of study? Although my major is Psychology, the things I learned at Emory were not just from the classes I took. I have always been interested in human and societal behaviors. Taking tests and writing papers certainly helped me understand concepts. But I was challenged by my extracurriculars to apply those concepts to real life settings and that’s what helped me understand the world from an entirely different perspective.

 

Why did you choose Emory and what do you enjoy most about Emory? In all honestly, I decided to come to Emory because it’s a great school. I didn’t actually visit any colleges but luckily, I chose to attend Emory. It’s hard for me to pinpoint what I enjoy most about this school. After seven semesters and two summers at Emory, my life has been changed time and again. I can’t imagine who I would be without all the experiences I went through here so to answer the question, the thing I enjoy most is being a student and being challenged everyday to be a better person the next day.

 

Why did you choose to get involved in OMPS and what do you like most about the office? I first got involved in OMPS through attending Crossroads 2 during Fall Break of my freshman year. I went on to become a facilitator and coordinator for the program. I have also been a part of Unity Month and M.O.R.E. The reason why I come to OMPS every day the office is open is because of its supportive network of ¬†students and staff members. I cannot fully express my gratitude and how much OMPS has helped me develop as a person. To say that this office improved my confidence, leadership skills, and understanding of life, doesn’t even come to explaining my OMPS journey. My advice for any student reading this: Whether you choose to get involved in OMPS or not, just know that the college experience is not only about striving for a 4.0 GPA every semester. Get involved with something new, something different, something that pushes you outside of your comfort zone and one day you may inspire others to do the same.

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