College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures

Chinese Student Stories

Noah Christopher

Noah Christopher - Buonanno

  • Major/Minor - Anthropology/Chinese
  • Program - Summer Chinese Language
  • Why go? - To further enhance my knowledge of the Chinese language and immerse myself into its culture.
  • Quote - "You cannot assume until you have experienced."

John Rottier - Taipei, Taiwan

John Rottier
  • Major/Minor - International Studies & Spanish; Minors: German & Chinese
  • Program - Chinese Language and Culture Program in Taiwan and China
  • Why go? - To improve and practice my Chinese, to finish my Chinese minor, to learn more about Asian culture, and to travel Asia
  • Quote - "Taiwan will touch your heart. "Ni xin mù zhong .de táiwan."."

Josh Reading - Tianjin, China & Hong Kong

Josh Reading
  • Major/Minor - Asian Studies
  • Program - Summer Chinese Language and Culture Program; Lingnan University Semester Exchange Program
  • Why go? - To improve my Chinese; to travel and see cultural sites I had studied for so long; and to experience a culture unlike anything I'd grown up in.
  • Quote - "It won't be what you expect, regardless of how much you study or prepare. There is something unique about being truly immersed in a foreign culture, and the best experiences only come when you leave behind what you knew before and take the risk of being embarrassed once or twice."

Tyler Keller - Great Wall of China

Tyler Keller
  • Major/Minor - Criminology and Chinese
  • Program - To improve my Chinese language skills and to have a cultural experience I would remember forever.
  • Why go? - To improve my Chinese; to travel and see cultural sites I had studied for so long; and to experience a culture unlike anything I'd grown up in.
  • Quote - "My initial motivation for this trip was to further develop my Chinese language skills, but the life changing experience that followed was what I ended up having more memories of."

Kate Fancher - Taipei, Taiwan

Kate Fancher
  • Major/Minor - International Studies
  • Program - Summer Language and Culture Program Taiwan and China
  • Why go? - First of all, I wanted to improve my Chinese communication skills. Also, since my major was International Studies, I saw it as an opportunity to learn more about a different culture firsthand.
  • Quote - "Studying abroad is a truly mind-opening experience. It teaches you things that you would never otherwise learn and gives you a greater appreciation for the world's diversity. Taipei is a vibrant, fascinating city, and I met a lot of wonderful people. I'll always remember the time I spent there."