Graduate student Ariel Chu is the recipient of a 2019 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans to support her studies in the graduate program in creative writing in the College of Arts and Sciences. Chu joins 29 other new Soros Fellows, selected from 1,767 applicants nationwide this year. Paul and Daisy Soros, immigrants themselves, chose to invest their money in supporting each year the graduate education of new Americans—immigrants and children of immigrants—who are poised to make significant contributions to U.S. society, culture and their academic field. Each fellow receives up to $90,000 in financial support over two years, and they join a lifelong community of New American Fellows. Below, Chu shares her story and the experiences that have influenced her writing. Read more about Ariel’s journey in SU News.