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Lost and Found: Nathan Chow, Singapore

There are more than 3,000 international undergraduates from 108 countries at BU. While each has a unique story about coming here, they all share a similar theme: leaving behind friends, family, and culture to travel to a new country and begin a new chapter in their lives.

In our new animated series “Lost and Found,” international students share their journeys, talking about what they’ve left behind and one thing that helped them forge a new life.

In the video above, Nathan Chow (Questrom’17) talks about how basketball helped him adjust to life at BU when he arrived from Singapore as a freshman.

The series is the brainchild of Carlos Soler, a BU Productions motion graphics and video producer. It’s a subject he knows well. Soler left his native Colombia in 2014 and moved to Georgia to work on an MFA in animation at the Savannah College of Art & Design. He left his family, friends, and partner to pursue his dream. He says that adjusting to life in a city where he knew no one was hard, but that the vibrant cultural life there, which attracts artists from over the world, helped fill the emptiness he felt.

Nathan Chow (Questrom’17) was born in Maryland, but moved to Singapore when he was three and grew up there. He attended a small international school and developed a love of basketball, a sport that he found transcends language and cultural barriers.

Chow’s first glimpse of Boston was at BU’s final freshman orientation, and he was immediately overwhelmed by the University’s size. Worse, he felt like an outsider. That changed his second day on campus when he went to FitRec. “My jaw dropped,” Chow says. “It had the nicest court I think I’d ever seen.” He joined a pickup game, and he scored the winning point. Basketball became a way of getting to know people. Soon, he says, came the realization: “Man, it’s going to be good here.”

The project has been personally fulfilling for Soler. Each video took a month to produce, starting with lengthy interviews, followed by hours of storyboarding and animation. “I’m anxious to see how people will react to these videos,” he says. “They’re a way to make these students more visible and a reminder about the need to build community.”

Part two of our “Lost & Found” series is here.

Carlos Soler can be reached at csoler@bu.edu. Bill Politis can be reached at bpolitis@bu.edu.


8 Comments on Lost and Found: Nathan Chow, Singapore

  • Judy on 03.27.2017 at 9:47 am

    Such an important topic – and so beautifully done! Kudos to Carlos Soler! I imagine this venue might be an important way for our students from overseas to learn ways in which others have overcome the cultural barriers inherent in coming to school in a foreign country. Thank you.

  • William P Stewart on 03.27.2017 at 9:51 am

    Loved the video! It was a great story and the graphics did a terrific job of complimenting the audio (or is it vice versa?). Wonderful job with the video as well as providing interesting insight into the life of a BU student.

  • Amy on 03.27.2017 at 11:22 am

    Great video! Should be shared by Admissions!

  • Jc on 03.27.2017 at 2:44 pm

    Awesome stuff!

  • A on 03.27.2017 at 5:28 pm

    I love this! I’m an international student also so I could relate and made me think about my story. I’m excited to hear about/watch other people’s stories!

  • Leanne D. on 03.28.2017 at 9:14 am

    Great work to all involved and thank you to Nathan for sharing his story! This is one of many examples of how international students make Boston an even better place!

  • Elena P Garofoli on 03.29.2017 at 6:23 am

    really well done. simple, yet effective. graphics and animation told the story well. I look forward to more. Kudos to those involved. And hoorah for Nathan and his love of basketball.

  • BU Spirit on 03.29.2017 at 6:31 pm

    Amazing video! Why don’t we make more like this one?

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