Alumni Profiles and News
During his junior year of high school, Jackson lived in Beijing with a Chinese host family, speaking only Mandarin. Since then, Jackson has embraced Chinese culture; he devoted his undergraduate studies to becoming a “中国通” (a China expert). In 2010, Jackson represented Indiana University at Princeton in Beijing, and placed 3rd in a Beijing-Tianjin Mandarin speech contest. During the 2010-2011 academic school year, Jackson completed his Flagship Capstone year by studying business-related fields at Nanjing University, and interned at a Shenzhen-based logistics firm. After nearly four years of intensive "China study", Jackson has developed entrepreneurial aspirations which he hopes to pursue in his post-Flagship years. Presently, he is an associate at strategic management consulting company in Boston that works with Fortune 500 and middle market companies to help them strategically engage in environments around them. The company has 20 offices across the world, including one in Beijing and one in Shanghai.
George Feldman 费乔治
George was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, and attended Broad Ripple High School. He was a Hutton Honors student who graduated in 2013 with a major in East Asian Languages and Cultures.. In his spare time, George enjoys playing the piano, violin, and guitar, playing video-games, practicing calligraphy, watching movies, composing music, and especially playing soccer. He first became interested in Chinese right after he graduated from high school. George wanted to study a new language and Chinese fit the bill quite nicely. Since then, he has also taken an interest in studying the history and culture of China.
Regan Ferrell 费柔
Regan Ferrell graduated in 2013 with a double major in East Asian Languages and Cultures and Political Science. She has two Chinese brothers and fell in love with China after traveling to Nanjing to meet her youngest brother for the first time. While initially beginning her study of Chinese in college, Regan has taken full advantage of Flagship’s accelerated program and is now back in Nanjing taking classes on poverty in China and teaching Chinese to foreigners in addition to her Flagship coursework. During her time at IU, Regan enjoyed fencing as co-captain of IU’s women sabre team and participating in Campus Crusade for Christ. In Nanjing, Regan worked to experience life outside of the classroom by volunteering at a local animal shelter and nursing home.
Abraham graduated from IU with majors in Political Science and East Asian Languages and Cultures, as well as a minor in Linguistics. Abraham has been fascinated with China ever since his freshman year at IU, and served as a research assistant to East Asian Languages and Cultures Department faculty for four years. Currently, he is a second years Masters student in Political Science at National Taiwan University (NTU), working on a thesis relating to the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) policy toward the United States. He is on a 'full ride' scholarship for tuition and living expenses from the Taiwanese government. In his spare time, he is typically found playing the piano or studying Classical Chinese.
Zach is a local Indiana resident who majored in Marketing and Public Policy at the Kelley School of Business. During his time as an IU Flagship student, he completed a Chinese paper on the herding industry and its effects of desertification in Inner Mongolia, as well as a paper looking at green packaging trends in the Chinese food industry. He was fortunate to study abroad at the National Taiwan Normal University Mandarin Training Center and the Capital University of Economics and Business Associated Colleges of China during the summer of 2008 and 2009, respectively. In addition to everything Chinese, he enjoys swimming, Star Trek, creative design, Japanese, and emerging policy trends.
Roy completed his Flagship Capstone at Nanjing University. His majors included: East Asian Language and Culture (Chinese), Near Eastern Language and Culture (Arabic) and International Studies. He completed an honors thesis through the International Studies Department entitled "Playing Different Games: Chinese and American Foreign Policy in the Middle East and North Africa". Roy also attended the Flagship Chinese Institute at Indiana University and completed the summer session of Associated Colleges in China's Intensive Chinese program. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, reading, tinkering with computers and playing soccer.
A native Texan, Patrick hails from Fort Worth and graduated from Indiana University where he majored in East Asian Languages and Cultures (read: Chinese). A prolific reader, at the age of fourteen Patrick first nurtured his enthusiasm for all things China-related when he read Luo Guanzhong’s ‘Romance of the Three Kingdoms’. This kicked off a series of events that ended with Patrick choosing IU to study Chinese. Besides Chinese and reading, Patrick's hobbies include creative writing, playing the piano, watching and playing soccer, and traveling.
Eric Lacour 兰艾克
Eric graduated from the Jacobs School of Music in 2013 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Double Bass Performance with Professor Lawrence Hurst. Having an interest in Chinese culture from an early age, but with few opportunities to pursue these interests, Eric began studying Chinese during his sophomore year of college for fun. Two years later, with the help of the Flagship Program and its wonderful teachers, the language and culture of China have become an integral part of his future aspirations. He plans to combine his skills in both music and Chinese to participate in a culturally exciting and flourishing time in China. Eric hopes to be a part of a wider effort that will create connections instead of distance between a rapidly developing China and the United States.
Luke is recent graduate of the Kelley School of Business, majoring in Business Economics and Public Policy. As an F-16 pilot's son and having lived in over 10 States, he has developed a love for travel and adapting to new environments. After his first semester at Indiana University and meeting several Chinese friends, he realized his path in life was leading him to China, and began 1st year Chinese in the fall of 2007. Luke is currently working at an Investment Immigration Consulting agency in Shanghai. He is the GM for their Shanghai operations, and his duties include office management, marketing and project development and analysis, seminars and presentations for Chinese immigration agencies, group and individual consulting for investments and immigration, and creating manuals for the immigration process. All of his duties are performed in Chinese.
Owen majored in Economic Consulting and Operations Management at IU. He became interested in Chinese language and culture in high school and he is currently interested in the development of social media in China. Owen's goal after graduation is to work in China as a consultant in the social media/telecom sector. His hobbies include backpacking through China, keeping up-to-date on international issues, and drinking bubble tea. Studying Chinese is a challenging but gratifying experience for Owen. His advice to new or future "Flagshipees" would be to have fun while learning the language and culture, it will take you far!
Adam graduated with a degree in East Asian Languages and Cultures and Finance. He was inspired to pursue Chinese studies after reading Thomas L. Friedman's The World Is Flat, and completed Indiana University's first-year Chinese language courses during the 2006-07 academic year. Since then, he has interned at SouFun Holdings Ltd. in Beijing, Far East Energy Corporation in China's Shanxi province, and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China in Suzhou. He also completed a year of study at National Taiwan University and received intensive Chinese language training under the U.S. Department of State. After studying finance and Chinese law at Nanjing University during his Capstone year, Adam decided to remain in China to pursue various professional opportunities.
Morgan Rawlings 罗沐耿
Morgan is from Verona, New Jersey, and graduated in 2013 with a major in East Asian Languages and Cultures with an accelerated Chinese concentration and a double minor in International Studies and Music; she hopes to pursue a career in International Communications. Morgan is a graduate of The Peddie School, a boarding school in Hightstown, New Jersey, where she studied Chinese for three years. In the summer of 2008, she participated in School Year Abroad's summer intensive Chinese language program, where she lived with a host family in Beijing's Olympic Village. Outside of her love for everything Chinese, Morgan enjoys singing, playing piano, traveling, playing golf, and cooking. While at Indiana University, she was an active member of the Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority, as well as IU’s show choir, The Singing Hoosiers.
Zach Richardson 李杰
Zach Richardson graduated in 2013 with a degree in Supply Chain Management. In addition to his interest in the Chinese language, he also enjoys preparing various Chinese dishes to share with his friends. His other current interests include seasteading, A Song of Ice and Fire, and the free market.
Nathaniel Sims 陈德宁
Nathaniel graduated with a degree in Linguistics and Chinese in 2013. For the past 12 years Nate has lived in Chengdu, China, where his parents teach English at a university. Through friendships with his public school Chinese classmates, Nate's Chinese language skills developed, and he discovered his interest in studying how languages work. He is especially interested in the unwritten languages spoken by the minority peoples of China. While at IU, Nate studied Chinese and Tibetan, in which he focused on character writing and learning to use his Chinese abilities to further study linguistics. He enjoys playing basketball or eating hot pot with friends.