Student Spotlight: Bingxin “Victoria” Xu
Bingxin “Victoria” Xu
Major: Associate in Arts
Born and raised in Shanghai, China, Bingxin “Victoria” Xu considered herself an average student.
But she didn’t let this keep her from making progress. Through hard work, she was admitted into one of the top four high schools in Shanghai, where she struggled with the high-level work and stress of competition, leading to unexpected results.
“This unique education actually aroused my interest to become a math tutor after graduation,” she said. “Having struggled to make sense of it all, I have a great deal of patience and understanding for newer, struggling students who need the right assistance for math.”
Xu hadn’t thought about a career yet until coming to the U.S. with her family, who waited 13 years for their immigration status to change. Two months later, she started at College of DuPage.
“When I first came to the United States, everything was new to me. All I wanted was a place to settle down and start learning,” she said. “A close friend of mine strongly recommended I attend COD since she had such a great experience as a student. I was attracted by the fully-equipped classrooms and friendly staff on my campus visit, and all the student organizations and campus activities were a bonus. COD was the first place I felt home in this country.”
Xu joined the Living Leadership Program and became President of the Chinese Student Club, which she helped become one of the top clubs on campus. She also worked as a math tutor for Varsity Tutor.
While earning an Associate in Arts degree, Xu initially focused on math and finance but always kept her options open.
“I had my goal but no precise plan on how to achieve it, so it took some deep thought, guidance and experimentation to line up all the right classes,” she said. “I have friends with different majors – business, finance, mathematics – who began turning toward computer science. There are a lot of careers out there, and the best ones seem to require more than entry-level computer literacy.”
In 2017, Xu was one of the Outstanding Graduate finalists at College of DuPage. She is currently at the Illinois Institute of Technology studying computer science, which she plans to combine with her knowledge of finance. She then would like to work for a large company on technological development and, after gaining enough experience, start her own business.
Xu advises any students attending College of DuPage to become involved.
“COD provides a comfortable and friendly learning atmosphere,” she said. “I’ve signed up for plenty of math and finance classes, but I saw an opening last winter and picked a Zumba class that was fun and a complete break, too. So don’t hesitate to take a fun class or join a club!”
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