Half Chinese, All Greek

Aug 202006
Authors: GIULIA PECONE The Rocky Mountain Collegian

Melanie Huntrods


Major- Technical Journalism

Minor(s)- business, economics

Collegian: What do you enjoy most about the college?

Melanie: Definitely the people. The people are definitely the friendliest around Fort Collins, and the students and alumni and faculty are all very willing and open and want to get to know you.

C: So what kind of activities are you involved in here?

M: Well, I am the Panhellenic president here at CSU, so I am the president over the governing body of sorority life on campus, which is like a full-time job. So between that and my own sorority and my 15 credits, I’m pretty busy.

C: What do you like most about Greek life?

M: Definitely the people are the most friendly. There is always such a strong network of support, and I’ve learned a lot of great leadership skills from being in Greek life, so I’m very appreciative of that.

C: OK. What have you enjoyed the most about your experiences with Greek life?

M: I’d definitely say all the great people just sitting in the Greek life office, and a bunch of the random people from different chapters will come in and talk, and definitely just getting to hang out and meet people from all different backgrounds.

C: Are you from the Fort Collins area?

M: No, I’m from Colorado Springs.

C: What do you find you like most about Fort Collins?

M: I’d definitely say a lot of the eclectic, independent restaurants.

C: What is your heritage?

M: I’m half Chinese and half American.

C: Which one of your parents is Chinese?

M: My mom is Chinese and then my dad is English, German and Mexican.

C: Has it ever been a problem having parents from two different backgrounds?

M: No, not really. I think they just have a lot of different cultural backgrounds, but for the most part, it’s a good balance. I like being half-and-half; you get a lot of variety.

C: Are your parents from America?

M: Yes, they were born in California.

C: Do you have any relatives who are from other countries?

M: My grandma actually came on the boat from China to America in the ’50s, so she’s from China.

C: How is it having a grandma from China?

M: Well, she still doesn’t know English, and she’s been here for 50 years, so it’s like the chicken and the duck communicating because she doesn’t know English and I don’t know Chinese, so we kind of mesh. But, she makes really great Chinese food. She knows all the great secrets from the village.

Staff writer Giulia Pecone can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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