Author Archives: Ivan Ng

About Ivan Ng

A senior at the University of Mount Union. Majoring in Media Studies (Communication) and a Minor in Spanish.

A Stroll in Downtown Alliance.

A Stroll in Downtown Alliance.

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I had suspected, for the longest time, that the University of Mount Union has been the center of Alliance. When I first came to Mount Union in January 2011, my first impression of Alliance was that it was a tiny city that revolves around our campus. I’m sure I speak for many of the international students (if not all of them) when I say that we did not know of the existence of downtown Alliance.

A few weeks ago, my housemate (also an international student) asked me to take him downtown so that he could take pictures for a class project. I agreed to do it because I was interested in photography as well. I have been downtown before. The last time I had been there was to get my driving license from the BMV.

I couldn’t help but feel as if I had traveled back in time. The city had old buildings and shops that reminded me of America in the late 60′s, even though I have never really seen 60′s America in real life (no kidding). Recently, I’ve been very interested in old things. A better term to use would be “retro” but you know what I mean. It was a real treat for me, coming from a country with so much history and heritage, to walk around Downtown Alliance and just soaking up the feeling of being in a city that has character.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the modern world, but somehow Downtown Alliance just feels so much nicer than the entire stretch of State Street; there’s character and history within each and every corner or Downtown Alliance.

We are running out of warm days here in Ohio and it is such a shame that many international students here have not seen the Alliance that was before the main focus shifted to State Street. I should really take them there before it snows. Come to think of it, Alliance when it is snowing will also be a good photographic experience.

There is just one thing that creeps me out about Downtown Alliance… where are the people?

About Me

About Me

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This is something new. I have only read the Mount Union blog only a handful of times since coming here over a year ago, but when the opportunity for me to be a blogger came I just couldn’t resist. So I jumped on the opportunity and now I am on board. I have been blogging for many years now. I still blog at my personal site.

Here at the Mount Union blog, my aim is to bring an international student’s perspective into the fray. I want to share my experiences as a foreign student and also to give the international community a voice. I think the presence of the international students here on campus allows for a cultural exchange that could further bridge the gap between people from around the world.

I grew up on the island state of Penang in Malaysia. It’s a beautiful place that’s rich in history, culture and my personal obsession, food. There is so much to share about my home state itself, but let’s save that for some other time. I came to Mount Union as a transfer student. Currently majoring in media studies and minoring in Spanish, I hope that when I graduate, I will be able to get into the media business (leaning towards radio). I am a social network addict, I play a multitude of sports and I love taking pictures.

My position as President of Mount Union’s Association of International Students is partially what motivated me to blog here. I feel that I have a duty to all the international students to create a bridge that links the local community and the local students at Mount Union to the international community. I also host the International Hour every Thursdays at 9 p.m. on WRMU (shameless plug). I want to create a better understanding of our different cultures.

I think this is enough of an introduction. But before I go, there is something I have always wanted to do…

The name is Ng… Ivan Ng.

Okay so maybe that didn’t turn out as well as 007.