Spotlight Story

Zihao Wang

Student Success Leader

College: Queensborough Community College

Major: Digital Art and Design

Graduation Date: May 2017

Zihao is a second-year student at Queensborough Community College (QCC). He is a Student Success Leader in our Strive for Success program.

What do you like best about college?

The one thing I like the best about college is that I can discover my potential by doing different activities. College is the place where I can test my skills and improve my ability, and I don’t find any other environment quite like this. There is room for me to make mistakes, and that means I will be able to learn from my mistakes before entering the “real world”.

What are your plans after college?

After college, I want to work as a graphic designer. I like designing and printing production, so I want to make graphic design my career.

What are you majoring in at college?

My major is Graphic Design, and that is what I want to study once I transfer to a four-year college.

What do you wish you could have known before coming to college?

The one thing I wish I knew before coming to college is that there is nothing to be afraid of.  I was too scared to make friends, too scared to get involved in activities my first year.  My biggest regret is that I wasted my first year in QCC by only going to classes.  If I would have use that year to get more involved on campus, I’d be a better student, a better person.

How did you come to be a Student Success Leader?

There are many reasons why I want to work on campus.  I care about my education and career development.  I try to be an A student in every class I take, no matter what class it is; I try to grab every opportunity that fits my needs just to improve myself.  But the most important reason why I became a Student Success Leader is because I want to help students.  In my first semester of college, there was nobody there to guide me.  Therefore, I missed a lot of opportunities.  I don’t want students who don’t have any idea about how college works to miss any chance to improve.  I want to be the one who helps others succeed.

How do you feel you have benefited from participating in the S4S program?

By participating in this program, I get to connect with students. That benefits me in so many ways, but the one that stands out is my communication skills.  I used to be afraid of talking to strangers over the phone because of my accent.  As a Student Success Leader I have to contact my students by calling them, it has helped me overcoming this fear.

What advice would you give to high school students?

My advice would be to get involved, also to establish connections with professors.  Both of these things are easy to do, and they help a student in so many ways. For example, taking part in different activities will definitely make a student’s resume look better.  Establishing a connection with professors makes it easier when a student wants to get reference letters, making professors know your name is not enough, you have to show that you care about your education.