Majors: Chemistry
Minors: Politics, Philosophy, and Economics
Clubs / Extracurricular Activities: Photographer for the Dome Yearbook, Peaslee Research Lab, Asian American Association (AAA), Stanford Hall’s One-man Bathroom Choir

Hey everyone! My name’s Jerome Gan and I’m a rising sophomore from Malaysia and Singapore. I’m majoring in Chemistry and have a minor in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (thank god it’s only one minor). On campus, I reside in Stanford Hall and enjoy spending time with my friends and the boys. I had never stepped foot on campus before coming to South Bend last Fall, but I immediately felt at home. I will never forget the warmth and kindness I experienced and hope to help the incoming class feel the same way. Academically, I’m most interested in the overlap between science and policy and intend to study law in graduate school. When I’m not busy wondering why my percent yield in lab was rather questionable, I spend my time watching the Omakase and Mise En Place series from Eater or perfecting my tiramisu recipe. My work for the yearbook also keeps me busy throughout the year, as I try to take photos for the boys in Stanford Hall and various cultural club events. I’m always down to get food, so feel free to reach out anytime and if you’re lucky, you’ll catch me messing with the boys, telling them about how “undeveloped” my hometown is (they’re catching on, sadly). I’m really glad to join the IA team this year and can’t wait to meet all of you this Fall.

Favorite ND Moment

I love taking walks around the lake as the sun rises. Hanging about in my room with my family of friends. Getting my daily burger fix from North Dining Hall.

Advice for Incoming International Students

I’d really suggest trying anything that might interest you. There are so many opportunities on campus, ranging from juggling club to running a nuclear accelerator. You never know what might interest you and there is no better way to find out than trying it for yourself. My first year of college went by so quickly but I’m glad to have experienced so many new things while stepping out of my comfort zone. I would also highly advise not shying away from an area of study/activity because you’re not initially/innately “good” at it. Just keep trying because that is the only way you’ll ever get really good at something. Lastly, always expect to wait much longer than you think it will take for just about anything, except your 2-day Amazon Prime delivery.