"I'm grateful that I've had the opportunity to study abroad at Marietta. My time here has been so much better than I expected. People here really care about the people around them, and they are always willing to help you when you need anything. Marietta is providing me with solid knowledge, good study habits, and an optimistic attitude for life. Even with a triple major, I've been able to participate in symphonic band, the wind ensemble, Pio Pep band, Floodstage and women’s choir."

April: Looking Back on the Year


I recorded this video along the river, getting ready for the end of the year. Looking back, I pretty much accomplished what I wanted to this year. I finished my math and music capstone this year, and completed all my grad school applications. I think I already told you that I want to pursue a financial engineering/ financial math master degree. I was accepted by NYU, UW and Boston University and I committed with NYU.

There have also been things that were different than what I expected, but they made my year much better than I predicted. A lot of that was thanks to you and the Marietta Fund. The campus has become better and better; new infrastructure has been built, new events were created and the energy level around campus continues to increase. It has been a very good year so far!

I’m thankful for everything that Marietta College provides. Without these four years at Marietta, I wouldn’t be able to communicate and write as well as I do in my second language. Here I got the support I needed to complete three majors at the same time! Marietta has prepared me for grad school and the next step in my life.

I also want to say thank you to alumni and friends who keep supporting us. It’s almost the time for me to join The Long Blue Line, and hope you guys will keep supporting the future Pioneers!

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March: Ready for Spring Break


We’re finally on spring break after going through the stress of midterm exams. Sometimes I just need a break. Where did you go when you needed to get away from your studies?

Even during that stress, however, there is a lot happening to keep us motivated. I have happy news to share with you: I just got accepted by the Master of Science in Financial Math program at New York University. I’m very excited about that! Marietta has done a great job preparing me for this next step.

Also, I just checked the calendar as I was writing this, and there are only 60 days left until our graduation ceremony. I love so much about this campus – even when we’re complaining about snow and floods in Marietta – and it’s hard to believe there are only 60 days left for me in this lovely place. I know that I will enjoy everything in the next two months.

Thanks again for supporting Marietta, and students like me!

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February: Starting Spring Semester


Our winter break seems like a distant memory now  - I still can’t believe my last semester at Marietta has already started! While I was recording this video for you, the memories of these four years were like a film flashing in my mind. I was also thinking about how I first fell in love with this place.

As an international student, my freshman year was more challenging than local students due to language barriers, culture shock, etc. I’m lucky that all the faculty, students and community members are so supportive, and that people here at Marietta really care about each other. I was able to find help whenever I needed it. MC is a warm and enthusiastic place, which kept me from feeling isolated, even in the beginning.

That’s how I fell in love with MC, and I know you love it as much as I do. I’d love to hear more about your own love for MC, and I hope you’ll help share that love during our Day of Giving on February 14! Keep an eye on your email, and go to our website on that day to participate (and even win some prizes!).

Thanks for being so supportive and following my updates. There are a lot of events coming up, so please stay in touch!

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December: Wrapping Up Fall Semester


This is the last video you’ll receive from me in 2018 - how time flies! I just recorded it on the first day of finals week from the DBRC, the place I always go to release my stress.

I’ve been super busy for the past two weeks; I just completed two concerts, my math capstone, my music history research and three presentations. I have six finals, and am crossing my fingers that that I will still be alive after finals week!

Looking back on this semester, I’ve met a lot of new friends, participated in all kinds of events on campus and definitely gained some new knowledge. Homecoming was my favorite event this semester since it provided me with a chance to communicate with alumni and share stories.

I can’t believe there’s only one more semester until I join you in The Long Blue Line! I will miss this crazy semester, and I’m hoping my last semester at MC will be even better.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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November: Thanksgiving


It’s hard to believe it’s already November and this semester is almost over. I hope everything is going great.

This month I wanted to share some things that I'm grateful for, so I'm showing you the brand-new band rehearsal hall. I want you to see the new components of the band hall, such as the new practice room, new lockers and my favorite new instrument - the five-octave marimba.

Also, I appreciate the new workout facilities a lot. I know these things wouldn’t be on campus without your support, and I’m also grateful for the tuition freeze that was just announced. Thanks for your support, both emotionally and financially.

I hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

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October: Homecoming!


This past weekend was Homecoming, and it was awesome to see so many alumni come back!

We celebrated an exciting victory with the football team, and I enjoyed playing during the game with our symphonic band. There were a lot of band alumni who came back to play with us. We were improvising and adding notes, but it actually sounded great.

After football, our a capella group Floodstage performed during the reunion dinner for the class of 1968, singing a Beatles medley and other songs from the era. They were super supportive! The experience makes me wonder what our reunion will be like in 2069. 

Also, I talked to so many alumni who shared how the campus developed before we were here. It feels great to hear those stories, and I hope to meet more alumni and hear more stories soon.

Have good one!

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September: What's it like coming back?


Hello friends,
It’s been a month since school started, welcome back! Coming back, I’ve noticed some differences on campus compared to the past 3 years. First of all, the campus feels much more crowded this year since welcoming around 400 freshmen. They have been super involved in everything, which brings a lot of great energy to MC and the whole community.

Also, our football and soccer fields, band hall and workout facilities were all renovated over the summer, which upgrades the quality of all of our lives on campus. Moreover, the MC football team is having  a historic year, and I believe that they will give us a wonderful homecoming game. So, don’t forget to come back home for Homecoming October 12th – 14th!  

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An Introduction


Hello everyone,

My name is Coco Shao. I’m one of the Marietta College Ambassadors this year. It’s a pleasure to show you daily life on campus and share my personal story with all MC alumni, friends and families! I’m an international student at MC, and I’m from Beijing, China. Currently, I’m a senior, triple major in Mathematics, Economics and Music. I play in band, choir and Floodstage (MC a capella group). Also, I love playing basketball and going to all the sport events. For my last year at MC, I’ll finish all three of my capstones, prepare for grad school, and simply enjoy everything that happens around the MC campus.

Click here to send a personal message to Coco. Click here to make a gift in her honor.
Learn more about her fellow Ambassadors, Sadie, Caleb, Mel and Emily.