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FASA Career Panel

       Five Freeman Scholar Alumni joined the Freeman Asian Scholars Association at

Downey House on the day of the 20th Anniversary Freeman Scholars Banquet

Dinner to share their experiences at Wesleyan and beyond.

       Freeman Scholars, FASA Scholars, Freeman Scholar alumni and friends

attended the career panel consisting of Steven Tan ’00, Chitra Wadhwani ’02,

Lily Lung Grant ’02, Brian Lau ’12, Han Hsien Liew ’12. The panel was

moderated by Anand Gopalan ’09.

       Anand, the moderator, asked each panelist questions pertaining to life after

graduation, the value of the Freeman Scholarship, the merits of Wesleyan’s

liberal arts education, and the various experiences related to their careers.

       Steven graduated from Wesleyan with a major in Math-Economics and worked in

investment banking before going to Harvard Business School. He spoke about

the various people who have helped him obtain his first job, and highlighted the

effectiveness of cold calling and networking, an advice graciously heeded by the

upperclassmen present in the audience that day.

       Chitra, a producer for CBS This Morning, spoke about how she secured her

internship with the Charlie Rose show. Due to the difficulty in securing work visas

in the media industry, she recounted her experience of helping her employer to

put together her visa application. She also spoke about the benefits of a liberal

arts education. The intellectual curiosity that she has developed at Wesleyan

from the classes she has taken and the professors whose office hours she has

visited helped her to be highly adaptable at her job and to be able to think

critically about the interdisciplinary issues encountered in the news.

Chitra Wahdwani on the far left

       Brian Lau, who majored in Math-Economics and Psychology at Wesleyan,

currently works as an Investment Banking Analyst for JP Morgan. He recounted

how he secured a summer internship after his junior year through a Wesleyan

alumnus at JP Morgan when he was studying abroad in London. He emphasized

the underrated value of the Wesleyan alumni network, as well as the importance

of perseverance and good attitude when it comes to securing employment.

       Lily Lung, who graduated from Wesleyan with a major in sociology, teaches

music in Glastonbury Public Schools. She highlighted the idea of choosing a

career that you feel passionate about to the audience. She also recounted her

process of obtaining a music teaching certification and how her sociology major

has helped her in her current line of work.

       Han Hsien, who was a double major in CSS and history, is currently a 3rd year

PhD student at Harvard studying History and Middle Eastern Studies. Having

never left academia, he spoke about the reason that academia piqued his

interest. He enjoys undertaking a serious study of theoretical concepts to

understand the core ideas that govern the society and the environment around

him, a study that is not necessarily treated intensely in the corporate world.

       Anand reiterates the importance of networking and tapping into Wesleyan’s

extensive alumni network, before concluding the panel for an informal networking

session among panelists and students. The panel was a great success owing to

the generosity of alumni in giving back to the Freeman family in which they

belong. The day ended with high hopes that mentoring relationships could be

established between alumni and students in the near future.

FASA (Pre)Thanksgiving Feast!

No, that is not the ghost of double Tuan.

Final headcount of 22 Freemans and friends!

If you stayed on campus over Thanksgiving, but you didn’t make it to dinner, you missed out!

Last Wednesday marked the unexpectedly high turn out for the annual Freeman Scholars and Friends Thanksgiving Potluck.  The location was changed from the usual Triple A house, but the company was just as heartfelt as ever!  With foods ranging from the traditional turkey, potatoes, and cranberry sauce, to beef stir-fry, noodles, and tapioca pearls, the potluck was a truly an international (ha!) feast, and a great chance for busy students to spend quality time together.  You may be far away from home, but here you’re never far away from your family.

Now should we talk or play spin the bottle?

FASA 20th Anniversary Dinner

On November 8th, the Freeman family celebrated our 20th Anniversary by holding a

dinner banquet together.


Class of 2018 Freeman Scholars.

Class of 2018


Class of 2017 Freeman Scholars.

Class of 2017

Class of 2016 (Missing members currently studying abroad)


Class of 2015 Freeman Scholars.

Class of 2015


Pictured are all current Freeman Scholar students.



Pictured are all current Freeman Scholar students and local Freeman Scholar alumni.

Soon after the pictures were taken, everyone headed towards Beckham Hall for the dinner to finally begin. After some inspiring and moving remarks from the current FASA co-chair Marianna Ilagan and alumna Tang McConnell, we enjoyed a wonderful performance by the Enharmonics, a children’s choir group lead by alumna Lily Lung. Later, the courses were finally served as people dove into the food and conversations. (But mainly food.)

 In honor of Wesleyan's 20th anniversary of the Freeman Scholar Program, several scholars attended a reception and dinner Nov. 8. Many Freeman alumni also attended the event and mingled with the current scholars. (Photos by Ryan Heffernan '16)

Following the feast, the Class of 2018 and 2015 each presented their own small skit that described their unique experiences at Wesleyan.


The event ended in laughter and joy as people stood up and prepared to leave, some heading home and others, of course, heading to the after party. That, however, is another story for another time.


Thank you to all the people who participated and we hope to see you next time!



A Trip to Wadsworth Falls

On Sunday, Oct.5, the Freeman Asian Scholars gathered in front of the Olin Library to prepare for a short trip to Wadsworth Falls, a state park located near campus.



After a half an hour walk in the lovely autumn weather, we arrived at the park!





A shout-out thank you to Mika and Krid for bringing the essential items for a good event: food.




We had a great time talking to each other and enjoying nature. Thank you all so much for coming to the event and stay tuned for the next one!


Fall 2014 Potluck and Elections

Every semester, we Freeman Asian Scholars have held our potluck to welcome the new arrivals, and to see the faces we have missed over the summer. This year’s potluck has been particularly exciting, as it turns out that the Freeman Class of 2018 are excellent chefs!10616641_10152396834605963_3960186182480150342_n

Then we got down to business.


Thank you for the great spring!

Outgoing Exco members: Abhisit “AJ” Jiranaphawiboon,  Haikal “Eki” Ramadhan, Amanda Li.  Gratitudes for their diligent service for FASA!

Newly elected Exco members:

Co-Chair:  Mikaela Helene O Reyes

Secretary:  Shingo Umehara

Finance Affairs Commitee: Carlo Medina

Social Affairs Commitee: Vivian Liu, Borworn “Tong” Satayopas

Public and Alumni Relations Committee:  Han Ming How


We the remaining Freeman of 2015 thank you.

And announcing the creation of the new Publications Committee!

A heartfelt thank you for Professor Alice Hadler and Mr and Mrs Driscoll for joining us.  We shall dearly miss those who are starting their exciting adventures abroad, but here in the old wild Wes, it’s gonna be a great semester!