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Amanda Shiew


Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Undecided Major

Why did you choose Knox?

That's a question I get asked a lot because people are curious how I made the decision without visiting. The distance made that impossible, but I wanted to go to a relatively small liberal arts school. Knox's population was one of the main reasons I wanted to attend. A small, focused learning environment was important to me.

How would you describe campus life at Knox?
The small community here at Knox makes for a very comfortable, even comforting environment in which you get to know almost everyone -- at least in some respect. It's so tight knit that you don't really need to make plans to go to events with your friends because when you show up there, there's bound to be someone you know.

What are your interests or hobbies?
I really enjoy making music; I play the guitar, ukulele, and piano. It's definitely encouraging when you can bond with people over the same interests. There are lots of talented people here. I also really enjoy making cartoons.

What surprised you about Knox?
Coming from a hustling-bustling city in an Asian country, I was surprised at how quiet it was, and how friendly the people were -- are.

Any advice for high school students on their college search?
It's important to keep an open mind about new things you encounter. Don't pick a school based on how far or how close it is to home. Try to go for a school with an environment you think will help you grow as a person. Your learning environment plays a huge role in your learning experience.

Amanda Shiew in the GizmoWhat campus jobs have you had while at Knox?
For my entire Knox life I've worked in the Gizmo, our campus snack bar. I didn't see the need to branch out and try getting a different job on campus when the term was over because I didn't think it made sense to give up doing something you really like for something less exciting.

What's the most important thing you've learned at Knox outside the classroom?
That it is possible to have a pleasant and intellectually stimulating conversation about something with someone -- while holding completely opposing viewpoints.