My name is Billy Moua. I am a rising junior chemistry major who has his goals set on going to medical school! I was born and raised in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and I’m Hmong (if you don’t know what that is, I will be more than happy to explain, give you background, annoy you with history.) I love laughing, dancing (usually alone or at parties…), taking silly photos, scaring my friends, watching movies, eating food (not cooking it!), having conversations and playing volleyball. I also have some guilty pleasures which include: wasting time on YouTube, playing league of legends on my laptop and watching Grey’s Anatomy and Glee (if you do any of them, you should really hit me up)! I am the treasurer for the Coalition of Hmong Students which is the Hmong club on campus- which is open for all so don’t be shy and drop in on a meeting! I love Carleton, and hopefully you will too! Something I love more than Carleton is talking so feel free to shoot me an email if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org, or if you spot me walking around campus, feel free to say hi! Lastly, welcome, welcome, welcome!
1. What excites you about being at Carleton?
Truly experiencing a liberal arts education! The amount of knowledge there is to learn at Carleton is astounding. There are so many challenging and interesting classes to take here, and by being pushed (and some would say forced) to take a wide variety of classes, one gets molded and shaped into a more educated and well-rounded individual. But it not just the classes that make a liberal arts education, the student body also contributes to this experience. What is more exciting (I think) is learning from and with people from different backgrounds. Every person you meet here (along with every individual in life) brings with them their unique experiences with the world, and by getting to know other students, you get exposed to things you might have never thought of before- and that is truly exciting.
2. What is something you wish you had been better prepared for before arriving to Carleton?
I’m going to be that guy and say I wish I would have prepared for everything which includes: dealing with stress, being open to new ideas and trying everything and anything that seems appealing, dealing with being homesick (even though I live an hour away), knowing where and how to ask for help, finding the perfect balance between working hard and playing hard, time management, time management and time management! But of course, that is a lot to prepare for so I’m going to give a more reasonable response and say I wish I would have been more prepared to not be perfect. I mean this by saying that not getting an A is not the end of the world, and that a low test score doesn’t mean that you’re inadequate. I wished I had been prepared to know that I didn’t know everything, to know that there is still work to be done on myself, and there is still a lot of room to grow.