Zhiting Feng, international student from China, talks about his time at the University of Iowa

Zhiting Feng, international student from China, talks about his time at the University of Iowa

August 30, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


Hi, my name is Zhiting Feng, and I go by
Jack. I am from Lanzhou, China, and I am currently an international student, a senior at the
University of Iowa studying biochemistry and ethics & public
policy. I decided to come to the University of Iowa because it’s incredible academic
reputation and it’s strong commitment to investing in my future by providing a range
of resources that I need to succeed. Looking back at my past four years at the
University of Iowa, I would not trade anything with this
incredible college experience. I’ve learned and grown so much from this world-class curriculum that has successfully prepared me with my next step in my
academic journey. I’m planning to pursue a Master of Health Science degree in
infectious disease epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public
Health. I’m so excited about the journey ahead but I’m also really grateful to
all the resources and information I have gained from this institution. When I
think about how the University of Iowa has prepared me with becoming a
competitive candidate for graduate school applications, there are four unique
ways that immediately stood out in my mind.
The first is academia. The University of Iowa has prepared me with a world-class
public health curriculum that helped me know better, gain a better understanding
of what is happening in in the world in the public field. The second is research. I
have been able to work in the Dr. MacGillivray Lab, working on crystal engineering
methods and I’m currently working on a project that aims to improve the
bioavailability of an HIV drug. I think the third is the leadership that I have
gained from campus. I am is currently a senator in the University of Iowa Student Government. I have led the implementation of the first HIV-related
initiative in entire UISG history. The fourth one is the real-life experience. The University of Iowa has connected me with some really awesome life experience
including my internship experience at the Johnson County Public Health.
This experience has allowed me to gain some hands-on experience in the public
health field and also provided me with a unique opportunity to to offer HIV screenings in the community. Looking back at these past four years, I am so incredibly grateful to all of the resources, the network, and social
support that this institution has provided me. And if someone asks me one
advice I would say believe in yourself and be resilient. As a proud alumni I
want to tell you–please always remember that–one can take a Hawkeye out of Iowa,
but one can never ever take Iowa out of a Hawkeye! Go Hawks!