International Alumni Spotlight: Yitong (Yu Yang) Wang

Yitong Wang and her husband

Yitong Wang and her husband, Zitong Niu. The two met during their time at the UI.

"Unforgettable" is one word international alumni Yitong (Yu Wang) Wang would use to describe her University of Iowa experience.

She came to the UI from Zhengzhou, China, and graduated in 2011 with a degree in psychology. She then applied to graduate school in New York, New York, and upon completing her graduate program she returned to China. Currently, Wang works for a primary school, where she facilitates an American style teaching program that opens students to more English learning experiences.

She said that Iowa City is a wonderful place, and it was where she met many of her good friends. When they weren't studying for exams in the main library, they loved to go downtown to eat and to the Coral Ridge Mall to watch movies.

In and out of the classroom, Wang said that her experiences at the UI allowed her to learn to be helpful to others. She especially appreciated her professors, who assisted her when she applied for graduate school.

"People in Iowa are helpful--they taught us how to help other international students, and how to help other friends in different ways," she said.

"Molly, my educational vocational choices professor, helped me find my vision for what I wanted to do in the future. We shared a lot of experiences together and she is one of the most important professors in my life."

But her favorite memory was meeting her husband, who she said made her Iowa experience the most special of all.

Virtual Homecoming is a chance to share memories from your time at the UI and reconnect with your alma mater, regardless of where you are in the world. During International Education Week 2016 (Nov. 14-18), we will be sharing some of these alumni stories.

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