Andy Lai Cheng  '17

Hometown: Corpus Christi, Texas
Major: Creative Writing, Business Administration

What activities are you involved in?
I am involved in the Coe Review, the Writing Center and the Swim Team. I'm loving every minute of it!

Why did you decide to attend Coe?
I wanted to be part of a small school that had a great sense of community and a great writing program, but the most influential part for me was the Coe Writing Center, which I am grateful to be a part of.

What is the best part of being a Kohawk?
The best part of being a Kohawk is going to a school where Marv Levy and Fred Jackson went (Go Bills!). But in all seriousness, it's the part where you get to know all your teachers and fellow students so well. Again, it's the sense of community and even family that makes Coe such a great campus.

What do you remember most from your first year?
Performing at Blindspot. My friends and I played as a full band for the first time and it was awesome seeing everyone sing and clap along to "Drift Away" with their cell phones on and out.

Describe your favorite interaction with a professor.
My favorite interaction so far has to be when I spoke with my Docudrama teacher, Kate Aspengren, about a topic that I was really interested in and wanted to develop further into a screenplay. There wasn't a moment that really stood out to me, but it was just so great to be able to talk with a teacher that completely understood my passion for writing.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering Coe?
Make friends. Be involved. These people are going to be your family-away-from-your-family for the better part of the next four years. Go out, have fun, meet new people.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I enjoy writing, reading, browsing Reddit, swimming, listening to music and drumming my ears out.

What is it like living in Cedar Rapids?
I think my favorite part about Cedar Rapids so far is the cold weather, but that's only because I'm from South Texas.

What was the best part of being a first-year student?
I'd say it's the transitioning aspect. It's a bit intimidating at first, spending most of one's life with family and then going away to stay for months at a time on a college campus. But if you think about it, it's a crucial step in one's life and helps prepare you for independent life in the future.

If you could bring one thing from your hometown to Coe what would it be?
Whataburger. For anyone who hasn't heard of this restaurant chain that is a king amongst men, it can simply be described as a spectacle for your taste buds. They have amazing hamburgers (aptly named the Whataburger) that is larger in size and flavor than any other fast food. Just writing this makes my mouth water and stomach growl.

How would your friends describe your personality?
Favorably, I'd hope. I like to be considerate of others and put them ahead of myself, so in a way I do consider myself to be a nice guy. I also have a pretty eclectic personality, as I have been known to break out in song and dance (well, if you can even call it dance). Lastly, I think my friends would mention that I’m artistically inclined. I enjoy drumming along to music and creating clay sculptures and writing stories.

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