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The Little Building residence hall.

What Emerson didn’t tell you on the tour

By Ziqi Wang
Published September 29, 2020

The reality Emerson sold you on your tour as you walked into the Majestic Theater isn’t as polished as the ivory pillars that support that building—as...

I did so many things to create a sense of belonging for myself in this unfamiliar country by empowering myself with knowledge and experience, only to learn that the future I wanted for so long might not even exist, and this country does not welcome people like me.

The U.S. I wanted to study in no longer exists

By Ziqi Wang
Published July 8, 2020

My boyfriend texted me right after Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced on Monday that international students would need to leave the U.S....

Cut Short

Cut Short

The Beacon Magazine interviewed 16 different seniors to get their perspective on how the coronavirus pandemic upended their final year on campus. All of...

Alison (Yueming) Qu

Alison (Yueming) Qu

By Ziqi Wang
Published May 10, 2020

It was actually a very dramatic moment, pun intended, because the moment that I got an email, I was in a rehearsal room. That show was supposed to go on...

I always thought, I don’t even make money—and I will never make so much money that I will need to manage it. / Illustration by Ally Rzesa

Managing my money before it was too late

By Ziqi Wang
Published October 9, 2019

When my dad first brought up finance management to me, I was still in elementary school and laughed at the idea. He was working to become a salesman at...

“It took me two years to understand that America is not the same as back home, and that there are more conflicts than I could ever imagine.” / Illustration by Ally Rzesa

Op-ed: The Disparity Between Looking and Feeling Like A Person of Color

By Ziqi Wang
Published September 4, 2019

I knew I wanted to go to college in America as early as middle school. In China, I went to an international school, and I spent my junior year of high...

Because OISA only sends out this single email each year to international students, some of my friends still don’t see the importance and necessity in reporting taxes, so they disregard this email. / Illustration by Ally Rzesa

Op-ed: Don’t leave international students guessing on Tax Day

By Ziqi Wang
Published April 10, 2019

About a month before Tax Day last year, I received an email from the Office of International Student Affairs. “DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL” was the...

Boston’s diverse array of backgrounds provides us, as college students, with the chance to view movies from all over the world. / Illustration by Ally Rzesa

Op-ed: Enhancing our world view through foreign films

By Ziqi Wang
Published February 20, 2019

I was living in Michigan as a Chinese exchange student during my junior year of high school when my mother called to tell me about a new movie premiering...

I know everyone I meet will not have the same interest in learning to say my name correctly. / Illustration by Ally Rzesa

Op-ed: Unfamiliar names deserve proper pronounciation

By Ziqi Wang
Published January 23, 2019

While working in the journalism office last week, my boss asked me to make a list of a few common sounds in Chinese names that professors might find...

With the opening of the Little Building, pictured here, students will have less chances of winning a spot in the off campus lottery. Photo Courtesy  Beacon Archive.

Chances of students winning the off-campus lottery to decrease

By Ziqi Wang
Published November 29, 2018

Students hoping to move off-campus prior to their senior year face diminishing chances in the off-campus housing lottery. Students who entered in the...

Colonial Resident Director Michael Barcelo with his 9-year-old Plott hound mix, Benson.

Who let the dogs out? Your Residence Directors

By Ziqi Wang
Published November 28, 2018

Benson sits in the lobby of the Colonial residence hall with his tail wagging as he eagerly waits for students to enter and say hello. He isn't an average...

Schools should judge students on the qualities they can control and nothing else. / Illustration by Ally Rzesa

Op-ed: Admitting students for more than their race

By Ziqi Wang
Published November 8, 2018

Last August, several Asian-American students who Harvard rejected during fall 2018 filed a lawsuit accusing the institution for discriminating against...

Red Sox Manager Alex Cora looks out from a Duck Boat as the Red Sox World Series victory parade moves down Boylston Street. Cullen Granzen / Beacon Staff

Red Sox parade overflows Boylston Street with students and fans

By Ziqi Wang and Yiwen Yu
Published October 31, 2018

Twenty-five duck boats passed through Emerson's campus on Boylston and Tremont streets around noon Oct. 31 to celebrate the Boston Red Sox’s World Series...

Beacon Archives.

172 Tremont St. renovations still pending building permit approval

By Ziqi Wang
Published October 21, 2018

The college has still not received a building permit to begin construction on The Commons at 172 Tremont St., according to a college official. Margaret...

It’s not that international students don’t know anything about U.S. politics—but that we are still learning. Photo Illustration by Cassandra Martinez / Beacon Staff

Asking is best policy for international students

By Ziqi Wang
Published March 28, 2018

When talking with my Emerson friends, I dread the inevitable moment when U.S. politics come up in conversation, because I know I will have nothing to say....

Parents want to know about your life and understand you, but you need to give them the chance. Photo: ​Cassandra Martinez/Berkeley Beacon.

Finding the intersection of college and communication

By Ziqi Wang
Published January 21, 2018

I almost forgot that the holidays tend to spark unpleasant conversations among family. Everything seemed fine when we previously spoke on the phone;...

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