Though born in China, Peixin spent most of her childhood in Texas. When her mother took an expatriate position that required her to move every four to six years, Peixin unexpectedly found herself attending high school at the ABA-An IB World School in Oman. It was there that she first began learning Arabic and where she became heavily involved in theater and orchestra and served as chairwoman of the school’s only Chinese student organization. Peixin admits that while moving to the Middle East was a bit of a culture shock at first, by the end she really loved it.
Originally, Peixin had never considered coming to Penn until she discovered the Huntsman Program. “I had been applying to schools in Hong Kong and London, but knew that I wanted to return to the US for college,” says Peixin. It was when she applied to Penn on a whim that she found the Huntsman Program. “I wanted to continue studying Arabic, but I also felt that having a background in business would be a major asset to any career path.”
Having spent 6 years in a small, tight-knit community Peixin was also worried about moving to a big city, but says that “Huntsman was ideal because it offered a small community within a large school. So you get the benefits of a family feel with the advantages and opportunities offered at a larger university.” The Huntsman Program seemed to combine everything that she was looking for and ultimately swayed her college decision.