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NARP Welcomes New Intern Henry Zuo

June 5, 2014

Written By Henry Zuo

NARP is pleased to welcome new summer intern Henry Zuo. Henry is an international student at Macalester College and a participant in the Fund for American Studies program.

Hi! My name is Henry Zuo and I will intern with NARP for the summer. I am very passionate about politics, and, for a Chinese student, have a rare passion for U.S. domestic politics. I have been yearning for an opportunity to witness politics firsthand. Thus I am very excited for this learning opportunity with NARP.

I was born in Guilin, a small city with beautiful scenery located in the southern mountainous region of China. I moved with my families to Qingdao, a metropolis located by the coast in the north, at the age of fifteen. I received a scholarship from Singapore Ministry of Education after I completed secondary school in Qingdao, at which point I went to a high school in Singapore. After four years in Singapore, I received a scholarship from Macalester College, a small liberal arts college in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where I am now attending as a rising sophomore.

My interests are very diverse. Before I went to college, I had been a natural science student all my life. But just as a career as an engineer seemed increasingly destined for me, I grew tired of the natural sciences and switched to the social sciences in college. Recently, to all my family and friends’ surprise, I have decided to explore Computer Science.

Regardless of my sometimes unpredictable academic interests, I have always maintained a real passion for politics and public policy. To me, politics matters because it ultimately concerns who we are as a people and what we want to be as a society. For instance, NARP’s push for reforms and improvements on the passenger train system is part of a larger picture of the American society trying to decide how to allocate its resources to move people and capital around. As much as possible, I want to understand how the force of politics can be directed to do good. As a first step, I hope to help with NARP’s efforts to enhance America’s mobility by improving the service of passenger trains.