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Campus Celebrity: Maria Miao, ’19


Yiqin Miao      




Shanghai, China

Prospective Major(s):

World Performing Arts and Cultures (self-designed)

Activities on Campus:

  • Afsana fusion dance team
  • Common Ground A cappella group
  • CSSA(Chinese Student and Scholar Association)
  • Will be in the mainstage theater production Into the Woods

Describe Yourself in Three Words:

Creative, Curious, Cat

Go-To Starbucks Order:

Matcha Latte (half sugar, skim milk)

Favorite Color:


Favorite Book:


Favorite Movie:

The Curious Incident of Benjamin Button


Dance, rock climbing

Career Goals:

Be a good theater teaching artist/ Open my own theater and create works focus on social issues.

What is one thing on your bucket list?

Finish the whole Camino with SO and my family

Plan for This Summer:  

Intern for Lexington Children’s Theater – Education Department

Traveling Experience:

  • Spain, 2016 summer, Did half of the Camino with WM’s study abroad program
  • 12 countries in 104 days with Semester at sea, 2016 Fall,
  • Indonesia, January 2017.

What is one thing people would be surprised to learn about you?

I learned pole dance for exercises reason

Describe your perfect day in Williamsburg:

Sleep in and have a new brunch at Aromas/ other breakfast shop, take a walk in CW, Draw something when taking a break, then go to rec to exercise for 2 hours, take a good shower and dress up for a date, watch a comedic movie at night in any of the movie theaters.

Favorite Restaurant in the ‘Burg:

Peter Chang

Your favorite memory from your time here:

I created a 15 minutes autobiographical piece about my experience as an international student on campus. My friend Daniel helped me to edit the music. There was one moment we are both so moved by the music itself and almost started crying. It was such a powerful moment and let me experience the pure joy from my creation of art itself. It also felt great to have someone from a different culture to emphasize with my story and being able to provide moral support selflessly.

Your tips for newcomers to William and Mary:

Try different things on campus and choose 1-3 to stick to. Never be afraid to reach out for help.

What is your favorite thing about William and Mary?

Small class size, Can always find support on campus

If you were President of the College for a day, what would you do?

Host a destress activity and let students reflect on the little moments of happiness in life.

Anything Else You Want to Say:

I’ll be doing an intercultural theater piece as my honor project next semester. Looking for actors, stage managers, designers from different countries. Please contact me at [email protected] if interested.


Thumbnail Image Courtesy of Maria Miao 

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