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A Conversation with Minerva Student Greg Wang

Meet Greg, a Class of 2026 student.

May 15, 2024

What drew you to apply and enroll at Minerva?

Minerva's innovative active learning pedagogy and emphasis on developing creative, critical, and collaborative thinking skills through immersion in diverse global perspectives resonated with my interdisciplinary academic interests and passions.

As a Minerva student, you've likely participated in various student programming and extracurricular activities. Could you share some memorable experiences? 

One standout experience was organizing the "Plurality Seoul: The Future of Collaborative Technology and Democracy" conference during my semester in Seoul. Plurality distinguishes itself from other technology movements by deriving its legitimacy from diversity. This was vividly demonstrated by the wide range of perspectives and backgrounds showcased at the conference held in UNESCO Hall, Seoul. The event delved into the intricacies of collaborative diversity and democracy within civic technology and social science, emphasizing the relationship between technology and democracy, the role of collaborative technology across diverse cultural landscapes, and strategies for the governance and deployment of technological advancements to foster democracy. It also featured insights from both local Korean and international professionals and academics, broadening the discussion with diverse perspectives. Key sessions included 'Bank of Korea: Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) Insights,' delving into digital currencies' future, and 'Partnerships for Plurality,' focusing on global collaborations to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This conference served as a melting pot of ideas, uniting influential figures such as 'Plurality Book' authors, Taiwan's Digital Minister Audrey Tang, and Microsoft Research's lead Glen Weyl, both of whom have profoundly impacted my intellectual journey.

What does the Minerva community mean to you? 

The Minerva community has been truly transformative for me. I've had the chance to develop deep, meaningful friendships with peers from over 50 countries. Our daily interactions and conversations have provided an invaluable opportunity to learn from diverse perspectives and gain a deeper understanding of complex global issues.

More than just cultural events and traditions, what I appreciate most is the casual day-to-day exchange of ideas, insights, and experiences. My Minerva friends have become a personal bridge to the world, shaping how I view and relate to different cultures and places. Their diverse expertise and knowledge never cease to amaze me - I can always find someone in our cohort who has unique connections or backgrounds related to any topic or region I'm curious about.

To me, this global community represents continuous learning, growth, and mutual support. The challenging discussions we frequently have as classmates push me to re-examine my own assumptions and open my mind. I feel incredibly privileged to be part of a community that has so profoundly expanded my worldview and equipped me to thrive in our increasingly interconnected world.

What professional opportunities have you participated in that complemented your Minerva education? 

My involvement with the open-source Plurality Book project epitomizes how Minerva has been a fusion portal enabling me to blend academic and professional pursuits. As a social technologist passionate about exploring the intersection of technology and societal issues, I found the perfect conduit at Minerva to apply my interdisciplinary learning in real-world practice. My diverse contributions - from translation, website design, partnership building, hosting a conference in Seoul, and now being a research assistant for the book - were all skills honed through Minerva's active learning pedagogy and global immersion. This profoundly enriching experience crystallized my identity and career vision centered on collaborative technology for the social good. After consulting the Dean of Faculty, College Head, and professors, I was also able to get my specialized “Economics & Political Science” concentration approved, further integrating these academic and professional pursuits.

What is a standout moment from your Minerva journey that has been particularly transformative? 

At Minerva, my perspectives on identity and purpose have significantly evolved. Delving into discussions about Taiwan's intricate national identity with a global cohort, as well as interactions with think tanks, government officials, and locals during my travels, has deepened my appreciation for my roots. On a professional level, working with civic partners and projects like 'Plurality' has unveiled a spectrum of impact-driven career avenues beyond the traditional tech sphere. The most transformative aspect, however, has been forging profound friendships worldwide, which has not only expanded my worldview but also catalyzed personal growth and opened up new horizons. This journey through Minerva, by challenging my preconceptions, immersing me in diverse perspectives, and fostering global connections, has seamlessly prepared me to engage positively in the world’s complex landscape, embodying the essence of global citizenship.

What advice would you give to someone thinking about applying to Minerva?

Reflecting on the essence of Minerva, I'd advise anyone considering applying to deeply contemplate the value of immersive connections within its unique network. This institution fosters an environment where shared experiences and mutual acquaintances aren't just likely—they're a given, amplifying the depth of relationships you can form.

I'd also emphasize the importance of contributing to the diversity and aligning with the community's aspirations, lifestyles, and interests. It's about finding a space where you're not just attending a university but also becoming part of a closely-knit community that shares your vision and values. This alignment ensures that the connections you make are not only deep and meaningful but also co-create a shared reality to enrich your journey on both a personal and professional level.

If you were inspired by Greg's story and are seeking a college experience that will teach you valuable pragmatic skills that will enable you to change the world, learn more about Minerva University.

Quick Facts

Name
Chia (Greg) Tien Wang
Country
Taiwan
Class
2026
Major

Natural Sciences

Social Sciences

Cognitive Science and Economics & Political Science

Social Sciences & Business

Business & Computational Sciences

Business and Social Sciences

Social Sciences and Business

Computational Sciences & Social Sciences

Computer Science & Arts and Humanities

Business and Computational Sciences

Business and Social Sciences

Natural Sciences

Arts and Humanities

Business, Social Sciences

Business & Arts and Humanities

Computational Sciences

Natural Sciences, Computer Science

Computational Sciences

Arts & Humanities

Computational Sciences, Social Sciences

Computational Sciences

Computational Sciences

Natural Sciences, Social Sciences

Social Sciences, Natural Sciences

Data Science, Statistics

Computational Sciences

Business

Computational Sciences, Data Science

Social Sciences

Natural Sciences

Business, Natural Sciences

Business, Social Sciences

Computational Sciences

Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences

Social Sciences

Computational Sciences, Natural Sciences

Natural Sciences

Computational Sciences, Social Sciences

Business, Social Sciences

Computational Sciences

Natural Sciences, Social Sciences

Social Sciences

Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences

Arts & Humanities, Social Science

Social Sciences, Business

Arts & Humanities

Computational Sciences, Social Science

Natural Sciences, Computer Science

Computational Science, Statistic Natural Sciences

Business & Social Sciences

Computational Science, Social Sciences

Social Sciences and Business

Business

Arts and Humanities

Computational Sciences

Social Sciences

Social Sciences and Computational Sciences

Social Sciences & Computational Sciences

Social Sciences & Arts and Humanities

Computational Science

Minor

Computational Sciences

Computational Sciences

Computational Science & Business

Economics

Social Sciences

Concentration

Economics and Society

Cells and Organisms & Brain, Cognition, and Behavior

Applied Problem Solving & Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence

Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence & Cognition, Brain, and Behavior

Designing Societies & New Ventures

Strategic Finance & Data Science and Statistics

Brand Management and Designing Societies

Data Science & Economics

Machine Learning

Cells, Organisms, Data Science, Statistics

Arts & Literature and Historical Forces

Artificial Intelligence & Computer Science

Cells and Organisms, Mind and Emotion

Economics, Physics

Managing Operational Complexity and Strategic Finance

Global Development Studies and Brain, Cognition, and Behavior

Scalable Growth, Designing Societies

Business

Drug Discovery Research, Designing and Implementing Policies

Historical Forces, Cognition, Brain, and Behavior

Artificial Intelligence, Psychology

Designing Solutions, Data Science and Statistics

Data Science and Statistic, Theoretical Foundations of Natural Science

Strategic Finance, Politics, Government, and Society

Data Analysis, Cognition

Brand Management

Data Science and Statistics & Economics

Cognitive Science & Economics

Data Science and Statistics and Contemporary Knowledge Discovery

Internship
Higia Technologies
Project Development and Marketing Analyst Intern at VIVITA, a Mistletoe company
Business Development Intern, DoSomething.org
Business Analyst, Clean Energy Associates (CEA)

Conversation

What drew you to apply and enroll at Minerva?

Minerva's innovative active learning pedagogy and emphasis on developing creative, critical, and collaborative thinking skills through immersion in diverse global perspectives resonated with my interdisciplinary academic interests and passions.

As a Minerva student, you've likely participated in various student programming and extracurricular activities. Could you share some memorable experiences? 

One standout experience was organizing the "Plurality Seoul: The Future of Collaborative Technology and Democracy" conference during my semester in Seoul. Plurality distinguishes itself from other technology movements by deriving its legitimacy from diversity. This was vividly demonstrated by the wide range of perspectives and backgrounds showcased at the conference held in UNESCO Hall, Seoul. The event delved into the intricacies of collaborative diversity and democracy within civic technology and social science, emphasizing the relationship between technology and democracy, the role of collaborative technology across diverse cultural landscapes, and strategies for the governance and deployment of technological advancements to foster democracy. It also featured insights from both local Korean and international professionals and academics, broadening the discussion with diverse perspectives. Key sessions included 'Bank of Korea: Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) Insights,' delving into digital currencies' future, and 'Partnerships for Plurality,' focusing on global collaborations to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This conference served as a melting pot of ideas, uniting influential figures such as 'Plurality Book' authors, Taiwan's Digital Minister Audrey Tang, and Microsoft Research's lead Glen Weyl, both of whom have profoundly impacted my intellectual journey.

What does the Minerva community mean to you? 

The Minerva community has been truly transformative for me. I've had the chance to develop deep, meaningful friendships with peers from over 50 countries. Our daily interactions and conversations have provided an invaluable opportunity to learn from diverse perspectives and gain a deeper understanding of complex global issues.

More than just cultural events and traditions, what I appreciate most is the casual day-to-day exchange of ideas, insights, and experiences. My Minerva friends have become a personal bridge to the world, shaping how I view and relate to different cultures and places. Their diverse expertise and knowledge never cease to amaze me - I can always find someone in our cohort who has unique connections or backgrounds related to any topic or region I'm curious about.

To me, this global community represents continuous learning, growth, and mutual support. The challenging discussions we frequently have as classmates push me to re-examine my own assumptions and open my mind. I feel incredibly privileged to be part of a community that has so profoundly expanded my worldview and equipped me to thrive in our increasingly interconnected world.

What professional opportunities have you participated in that complemented your Minerva education? 

My involvement with the open-source Plurality Book project epitomizes how Minerva has been a fusion portal enabling me to blend academic and professional pursuits. As a social technologist passionate about exploring the intersection of technology and societal issues, I found the perfect conduit at Minerva to apply my interdisciplinary learning in real-world practice. My diverse contributions - from translation, website design, partnership building, hosting a conference in Seoul, and now being a research assistant for the book - were all skills honed through Minerva's active learning pedagogy and global immersion. This profoundly enriching experience crystallized my identity and career vision centered on collaborative technology for the social good. After consulting the Dean of Faculty, College Head, and professors, I was also able to get my specialized “Economics & Political Science” concentration approved, further integrating these academic and professional pursuits.

What is a standout moment from your Minerva journey that has been particularly transformative? 

At Minerva, my perspectives on identity and purpose have significantly evolved. Delving into discussions about Taiwan's intricate national identity with a global cohort, as well as interactions with think tanks, government officials, and locals during my travels, has deepened my appreciation for my roots. On a professional level, working with civic partners and projects like 'Plurality' has unveiled a spectrum of impact-driven career avenues beyond the traditional tech sphere. The most transformative aspect, however, has been forging profound friendships worldwide, which has not only expanded my worldview but also catalyzed personal growth and opened up new horizons. This journey through Minerva, by challenging my preconceptions, immersing me in diverse perspectives, and fostering global connections, has seamlessly prepared me to engage positively in the world’s complex landscape, embodying the essence of global citizenship.

What advice would you give to someone thinking about applying to Minerva?

Reflecting on the essence of Minerva, I'd advise anyone considering applying to deeply contemplate the value of immersive connections within its unique network. This institution fosters an environment where shared experiences and mutual acquaintances aren't just likely—they're a given, amplifying the depth of relationships you can form.

I'd also emphasize the importance of contributing to the diversity and aligning with the community's aspirations, lifestyles, and interests. It's about finding a space where you're not just attending a university but also becoming part of a closely-knit community that shares your vision and values. This alignment ensures that the connections you make are not only deep and meaningful but also co-create a shared reality to enrich your journey on both a personal and professional level.

If you were inspired by Greg's story and are seeking a college experience that will teach you valuable pragmatic skills that will enable you to change the world, learn more about Minerva University.