Get to know Hao "Tina" Tan

By UW-Barron County

Photo of student Hao Tan

Age: 20

Hometown: Jinhua, Zhejiang, a province in central China

High school: Jiangnan High School

Current major: Art-Jewelry Design

Why did you choose UW-Barron County? After graduating from high school, I took UW classes at a school in Singapore. When I had problems with further education, my math lecturer told me to send an email to another Chinese student, William, who was studying at UW-Barron County at that time. William suggested I go here because he thought professors in UWBC are all friendly and responsible. I accepted his advice. I think it is beautiful because I have a great experience here.

What surprised you the most about UW-Barron County when you arrived on campus? I wasn’t surprised with the campus at all. It fit my imagination. I imagined the campus was a quiet building lying in the thick snow. The thing I didn’t think about is our buildings here have only one story. In China, buildings have at least five stories. However, it is nice that I can see the beautiful wilderness.

Why did you choose your major? To be a jewelry designer is my dream since I was a little girl but not a realistic occupation for my future. In traditional Chinese thinking, to be a businessman or an accountant may be the more clever choice. However, brave me finally decided to chase my dream. And I am lucky because my parents are supporting (my decision).

What are you learning about your career field that you find interesting or rewarding? In my Art of World course, I learned about an American-Chinese artist, Hung Liu. Her artwork has the unique visual angle to the time in China decades before I am even born. Drawing makes me feel peaceful.

In additional to being a college student, what takes up your free time? I like drawing of course. I record some of my ideas about jewelry. I watch some interesting videos about drawing, (applying) makeup and baking sweets. I like putting on makeup and believe it has connections with painting.

Who has been your favorite professor or staff member? I think every professor and staff is nice on the campus; they try their best to help me. They understood my situation because English is my second language. They are always patient with my questions and try to make sure I caught their meaning. They respect and have interest in my culture. I appreciate them.

What do you plan to do after UW-Barron County? During summer, I will study some metal techniques. I hope I will be enrolled by UW-Madison and study jewelry design. I love traditional Chinese jewelry style, although it is not mainstream style. I will combine more Chinese elements in my design.

What is one piece of advice you have for incoming UW-Barron County students? As a foreigner student, I want to give advice to other foreigner students: Whenever you have whatever question, don’t be shy, just ask for help. The people here are all nice and they are happy to help you.



Brian Becker