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Eileen Liang

BA '13 - Child and Developmental Psychology

“Growing up in Taiwan, at a school that was very math- and science-oriented, I felt boxed in,” says Eileen, who transferred to Gallatin from NYU’s Liberal Studies Program. “I wanted college to be different. Gallatin was the answer.” Eileen studied identity and identity formation, focusing on child and developmental psychology, children’s literature, creative writing, cross-cultural studies, and sociology. “I’m interested in how the way we grow up—the books we read, the culture we call our own – informs our identity and how we present ourselves in society and in private.”

Eileen was a writing mentor at the High School for Dual Language and Asian Studies through the Gallatin Writing Program’s Literacy Project, and she also volunteered at one of the thrift stores run by Housing Works. She praises the small classes at Gallatin, and the “incredible professors, who allow room for independence, creativity and flexibility but also provide great guidance along the way.”