Seng-Hsiang Lin—Tamkang University, Taiwan
Seng-Hsiang Lin is an exchange student studying at Temple University for one year. His home institution is National Taiwan University where he is in his fifth year of university and studies business. While at Temple, he decided to pursue courses that satisfied his other interests in musical theater, acting, voice and dance. "Some of the classes are restricted only to majors because of the complicated audition process and a shortage of class space. But, the international advisors at Temple worked along with the administration of the college to make an exception for me and I am extremely grateful," says Seng-Hsiang.
Seng-Hsiang was a tenor in the choir at National Taiwan University for two years and his passion for the arts blossomed from there. At the end of April, Seng-Hsiang will be participating with his class in a musical performance consisting of 16 songs with dance elements.
Musical Theater Voice and Acting taught by Professor Peter Reynolds was Seng-Hsiang’s favorite class so far at Temple. "Professor Reynolds is one of the most inspirational and knowledgeable people I have ever learned from," reflects Seng-Hsiang. "Temple is filled with great teachers you just have to ask your peers and do some basic research to find courses taught by the very best faculty."
"Philadelphia is in the perfect location for a person like me because I am able to take weekend trips to New York City to see every Broadway musical imaginable, but I don’t have to spend a lot of money to live there. Public transportation is accessible, affordable, clean, and frequent between Philadelphia and New York," shares Seng-Hsiang. In addition to his eight or more trips to New York City, he also traveled to Niagara Falls and Washington, D.C.
One of the biggest advantages of the Student Exchange Program is international students pay tuition to their home institution even though they are enrolled in classes at Temple University, and the tuition is significantly less expensive.
Seng-Hsiang will return to Taiwan in early July to finish his undergraduate degree and his military service afterwards. In the future, he is thinking about pursuing a master’s degree in theater.