International student returns home to aid her country
RELEASED: July 3, 2008
"I was still at Centre, studying for my last final, when the earthquake happened," Wu says. "I tried calling home for about half an hour, but I couldn't get through to either of my parents' cell phones. Finally, I got through on a landline and my father answered. When I heard his voice, I just wanted to cry."
On the ground in China, Wu reports that all of her family members are safe but that many of their apartments sustained some type of structural damage. "Some of them lived in tents for a few days in the event of the aftershocks."
"We went to the hardest hit areas and checked the distributions of the tents and other supplies," Wu says.
Wu's efforts have been bolstered by a steady stream of support. She says, "So many professors and friends have emailed or called me, asking about my family at home. Their support and words mean a lot to me and remind me that I'm not alone."
Wu will return to Centre as a senior in the fall and plans to graduate in 2009 with a double major in art and economics.
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