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Roderick G., Class of 2017

Male student outside smiling, wearing glasses.

"My name is Roderick, I am a senior and this is my fourth year at Pennington. I'm from Beijing, China, and I still remember the huge welcome I got when I first came onto campus. I really enjoy our dorm lounge, where we can discuss our homework, do homework together as a group, and watch T.V. The lounge helped me make friendships quickly.

Before I came to Pennington, I played piano for eight years, and when I came here, I started my first pipe organ lesson. That is the first pipe organ lesson I had--I just found it so interesting and my teacher was very encouraging for me to try it.

With pipe organ, you can find a unique way to communicate with yourself when you compose something. It's truly very personal and emotional, and I feel secure when I play. There are a lot of opportunities to perform here, and in this way, you can also make many friends. I feel like there's a strong sense of community at Pennington--there are a lot of opportunities, and you can flourish in your own way. There's no standard Pennington experience.

Pennington is definitely a second home for me because I am an international student; I can't go home every weekend so I stay here and have formed strong relationships. My host family treats me very well, and my dorm is very convenient for me during the day. I feel like Pennington is my second family."