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Huiyuan Xu

Huiyuan Xu

BA Mass Communication, Purdue University

Experience: Intern at LinkedIn China

Areas of Interest: Fine arts, Arts/music festivals, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing

Ideal Job in 10 Years: Art educator or independent curator

What led you to enroll in the MSLCE program at Northwestern? The introductory core curriculum could give me an idea of what the art industry looks like; by learning with faculty members who have worked in the creative industry for years, I get to develop an actionable career plan that fits me the best.

Favorite (song/movie/show/festival/exhibition … )?  Teshima Art Museum in Japan

What are you most looking forwards to about the MSLCE program? Speaker series and site visits.

What is your favorite Chicago landmark/attraction, or what are you most excited to visit? Lincoln Park Zoo and Chinatown.

If you could have lunch with one person, who would it be? My father. Although I spent my summer vacation mostly in Beijing, I barely had a chance to sit down and talk with him as he is too busy.

If you had to describe yourself in three words they would be … Creative, observant, sympathetic

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Japan

What thought or message would you put in a fortune cookie? Trust the next chapter because you are the author

If you could donate one million dollars, which cause/organization would you choose to support? Any organizations that help to eliminate educational inequity

What award would you most like to win? The Guggenheim Fellowship

Which leader or influential figure inspires you the most and why? Eva Chen. She is now the Head of Fashion Partnership at Instagram. She is a second-generation immigrant and now one of the most important figure in the fashion industry. She was in medical school at John Hopkins, but she decided to join the fashion industry after an internship at Harper’s Bazaar. I admire her for how brave she was to switch her career path to follow her heart.

What’s the thing that you feel most regret for? I wish I could have discovered my passion for art and museums earlier.

Where are you from? Beijing, China