Current Student Profiles
Stage 1 Students
Josiah is majoring in Informatics with a minor in Psychology and Chinese. He enlisted into the Army National Guard two years ago and has since completed basic and advanced individual training. Currently, he is working with the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps and plans to commission as an officer and work with military intelligence after graduation. A few of his interests include playing drums, watching Japanese anime, and listening to anything by Soda Green.
Mark Gaughan 高迈和
Mark is a freshman from Naperville, Illinois. Mark intends on studying Environmental Science through the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IU. He hopes eventually to be able to implement the knowledge that he gains from his Environmental Science degree in China, living and working in a country that inspires him. Mark has been learning Chinese since his Freshman year of high school, and this upcoming summer intends to travel to China for the first time to further practice practically using Chinese language. Mark couldn't be more excited to be attending IU, and to be a part of the Chinese Flagship Program. Mark's other interests include reading, cycling, and watching Bollywood movies.
Sierra is a freshman from Bedford, Indiana. She is majoring in East Asian Languages and Cultures with a focus in Chinese, and is a premed student. Her sophomore year of high school was spent in Pingtung, Taiwan as a Rotary Youth Exchange student. Having fallen in love with the people, the culture, and the language, she returned to Taiwan the summer after her junior year. Sierra plans on becoming a doctor and helping Chinese-speaking women both in China and the United States. She is very excited to be part of the IUB family and the Chinese Flagship Program.
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Nate is a Freshman from Chicago, Illinois. He is a Direct Admit into the Kelley School of Business, where he plans to study Business Economics and Public Policy. Nate hopes to combine his knowledge of business with his planned mastery of the Chinese language to consult with companies operating in China on how they might better communicate with the Western world. Nate has been studying Chinese since his Freshman year in high school, and knows it will be a major part of his entire life. This summer, Nate plans to participate in the Flagship Chinese Institute at IU. He is excited to put his language skills to the test by giving up English for a full 8 weeks. Aside from his work in the Kelley School and with the Flagship Program, Nate is a member of the Hutton Honors College, and an avid participant in the Indiana University Student Association, Kelley Student Government, Chinese Business Association, and IU Culture of Care.
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Stage 2 Students
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Kevin Chen 陳修平
Kevin Chen is a sophomore from Naperville, IL majoring in Information Process Management and Marketing in the Kelley School of Business. His journey began in high school in hopes of bolstering his Chinese language ability, and then soon turned into a passion for learning new concepts and ideas within the language. He hopes to apply his business knowledge in the future for business relations between China and the United States, and enjoys speaking with international students from China and Taiwan on a daily basis. Understanding their perspective and American perspectives on the two vastly different cultures has opened new horizons for him, and he hopes to continue to pursue them during his Capstone year. His hobbies include drawing, listening to music, watching Chinese movies with friends, swimming, writing, and playing video games.
Jenna Degner-Lopez 珍娜
Jenna is a sophomore from Northern Virginia in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area. She is majoring in East Asian Languages and Cultures with a focus in Chinese. After completing Chinese 1-4 and AP Chinese in high school she traveled to China twice, including once on her own after junior year. Jenna is a Mexican American who loves the Chinese language, characters, and culture, and she is excited to expand her knowledge and proficiency through the Flagship program. Jenna is very interested in international relations and wants to travel as much as possible in the next four years. In the future she hopes to use her language skills in a career in foreign diplomacy. Jenna is an accomplished swimmer and runner and enjoys watching movies and making cupcakes.
Andrew Geib 葛安迪
Andrew is a junior from Elmhurst, IL. He is majoring in Finance at the Kelley School of Business and minoring in Chinese. He hopes to integrate his passion for Chinese and finance by working in China for a multinational corporation. Andrew started learning Chinese during his freshmen year of high school. This is where he discovered his love for new languages and cultures. In his spare time Andrew enjoys cars, volleyball, music, and spending time with his friends.
Steven Gilbert 古世文
Steven is a freshman from Pleasanton, California. He is currently majoring in Business and hopes to work both in China and the United States. He realized his love for languages after a six week volunteer trip to Panama and decided to take up Chinese once in college. He loves traveling and cultures and hopes to go to as many different countries as he can. In his free time he likes to play soccer, watch movies, listen to music, and hang with friends.
A sophomore from Cleveland, Ohio, Stephen began his Chinese studies in 10th grade. Since then, he has solidified his passion for the language and culture of the region by traveling to China three times, including a six month stay with a host family. At Indiana University, Stephen studies Entrepreneurship and Corporate Innovation, International Business, and East Asian Languages and Cultures with a concentration in Chinese. In the future, Stephen has aspirations of working as a medium to connect American and Chinese businesses through translation and cultural interpretation.
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Grace Jaroscak 蔣格蕾
Grace is a sophomore from Chicago, Illinois. She began studying Chinese as a freshman in high school. In addition to studying the language during all four years of high school, she participated in the University of Chicago’s STARTALK Summer Language Institute in Chinese and the Chicago Public Schools’ Chinese Summer Language Institute at Shanghai’s East China Normal University. Grace is double majoring in International Studies and East Asian Languages and Cultures with a focus on Chinese. She plans to use her knowledge of Chinese language and culture in future career endeavors.
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Bohuie Esther Lee 李寳輝
Esther is currently freshman and am pursuing Biology B.S. major and Pre-med minor. She is interested in becoming an Oriental Medicine doctor, and is hoping to study the profession in China, hopefully in Beijing, for a more exclusive exposure to her interest. She was born in Virginia but lived in Bloomington, Indiana most of her life. She is Korean, but has learned Japanese for three years during high school and can speak English. As her hobby, she likes to draw animals and creatures, listen to music, read books, and watch movies and Korean television programs. She also is very enthusiastic about World Cup and soccer in general.
William Liao 廖慶航
William is a sophomore majoring in Cognitive Science. William's interest in the Chinese language stems from his desire to deepen his connection with his own heritage. In addition to studying the Chinese language, William hopes to further his knowledge in East Asian religion and philosophy. In recent years, William has developed an interest in Chán/Zen, a subset of Mahayana Buddhism that developed in China sometime during the 16h century. After studying the subject for some time, William has developed a deep appreciation for mindfulness practices such as shikantaza (a sitting meditation). William hopes to combine both cognitive science and his interest in mindfulness practices by studying the ways in which such practices influence cognition. Other interests of William's include blogging, poetry, piano, and photography.
Steve Mackey 麥思凡
Steve is a freshman from Zionsville, Indiana. He is majoring in East Asian Languages and Cultures with a focus in Chinese. After his under-graduate career, he hopes to pursue a graduate degree then work as a translator or an interpreter. In his free time Steve likes to listen to music, watching movies, or playing rugby.
Alex Mark 馬語嵐
Alex Mark is a sophomore majoring in East Asian Languages and Cultures in Japanese and also studies Chinese and Korean. Alex discovered his love for Japanese and East Asian culture through his high school Japanese class. Once more opportunities to study foreign language were presented in college, Alex decided to pair his Japanese language skills with Chinese and Korean. Alex hopes to travel the world, work as an interpreter, and learn as many languages and live in as many cultures as possible. In his spare time, Alex likes to workout, cook, sing and practice piano, and go out with friends.
Kelly McCarthy 麥楷妮
Kelly is a sophomore from Zionsville, IN, double-majoring in Political Science and Accelerated Mandarin Chinese. She first developed an interest in Chinese after taking beginning level language courses at her high school, and since coming to IU, her love of the language and culture has continued to grow and develop. Kelly has a particular interest in Chinese and American politics, and she hopes to be able to use her language skills in a future career in foreign diplomacy and international law. She is currently a Resident Assistant in the Collins Living Learning Center. When she has the time, Kelly enjoys running, being outside, salsa dancing, and singing along to her ukulele.
Molly Moffitt 莫菲
Molly is a Sophomore from Wolcottville, IN. She is a double major student of both Chinese and Psychology. She plans to apply her knowledge of the language to her other field of Psychology, and is interested in possible governmental positions. Molly began to love the language when she was given a “Dao de Jing” by her father at the age of fourteen, and she was curious to find out what the Chinese characters expressed. Molly was given the chance to study two years of Chinese in high school, and has been to China twice. She hopes to learn even more of the language through the Chinese Flagship program. In her spare time, Molly enjoys studying languages, reading, swimming, rock climbing, snow skiing, and watching movies.
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Eleanor Wannemuehler 王莉诺
Ellie is a senior from Fishers, Indiana. She is currently majoring in East Asian Languages and Cultures with a concentration in Accelerated Chinese, and is pursuing a minor in Policy Analysis. Not completely sure about her academic direction, this soon changed after she took Chinese her first semester of college on a whim and fell in love with the language. After college, Ellie plans on working in China for a few years to gain a better grasp on Chinese culture, and perhaps going to law school and work for the State Department at a later date. With designs of working for our government, she is sculpting her academic experience to have a background in both policy and the Chinese language, which includes studying Mandarin Chinese abroad in both Beijing and Taipei, and presenting her thesis paper on US-China Intellectual Property Rights in several international academic forums, both in Nanjing, China and Washington, DC. In her spare time, Ellie enjoys traveling, photography, chatting with friends and family, reading, running, and hiking.
Shema Wright is a junior studying at Indiana University and is double majoring in International Studies and East Asian Languages and Cultures. Upon graduating she plans to work in China for a couple of years to further improve her Chinese. Afterwards she wants to go to business school then start her career in China. Her hobbies include reading, writing, and hanging out with friends.
Christine Chambers 赵竹婷
Christie is a sophomore from Carbondale, Illinois. She is majoring in Mandarin Chinese and is studying Japanese as well. She hopes to be able to teach English as a second language in China before going for her master's degree. Christie has loved learning other languages for years, but until coming to IU was never able to take classes in any language other than Spanish. Christie also enjoys listening to and playing music, learning about history, reading, writing, sketching, and doing pretty much anything else that lets her use her imagination.
Michael Weiming Chan 陈伟明
Michael is a senior from Jeffersonville, Indiana. He is currently studying Information and Process Management at the Kelley School of Business. He hopes to work in both the US and China after graduation. Michael frequently visits family members who live in Shanghai, and he wants to further expand on his Chinese heritage during his college education. In his spare time he enjoys playing tennis, swimming, watching movies, and cooking (especially breakfast foods).
Alec Eckert 安力
Alec is a senior majoring in East Asian Languages and Cultures with a focus in Chinese, and Psychology. Alex intends to pursue a Masters in Industrial Psychology after his undergraduate degree. He hopes to work in both China and the US, possibly for the US government. Alec spent his summer abroad in 2012 in Taiwan studying Chinese at National Taiwan University, and traveling the Island. In his spare time he enjoys playing guitar, rock-climbing, hiking and eating Chinese food.
Madeline Hanley 韩玫
Madeline is a senior at IU majoring in Chinese and Fashion Design. During her junior year of high school, Madeline moved to Hong Kong, where she developed a passion for Chinese culture—karaoke, food, fashion, and Hong Kong’s national pastime of shopping. She commenced her study of Mandarin in the summer of 2010 at the Flagship Chinese Institute at IU. In her free time, Madeline enjoys running, designing clothes, exploring Bloomington's local music scene, traveling, speaking French, and using her Mandarin skills on the mainland to bargain when she’s in Shenzhen. Whether she ends up catering to the fashion palates of China or sourcing textiles for US companies, Mandarin is an integral part of Madeline’s future.
Betty He 何瑞莲
Betty is a senior from Indianapolis, Indiana who is majoring in East Asian Languages and Cultures with a concentration in Chinese and minoring in Tourism Management. She has studied abroad at National Taiwan University in the summer of 2012 and just previously finished her Capstone semester at Nanjing University in the fall of 2013. She is currently working at the Golden Eagle Summit Hotel in Nanjing as a Guest Relations Intern. After she graduates, she hopes to pursue a career where she can put her language skills to use as she can already speak English and some Cantonese. In her spare time, she likes to watch movies, play the piano, and read for pleasure.
Maggie Tucker 佟美心
Maggie is a junior at Indiana University majoring in Chinese and International Studies with a minor in Business. She attended two intensive summer language programs while at Indiana University, Associated Colleges in China and Middlebury Language Schools. For her International Studies major, she is focusing on Global Development as a theme and China as a region of study. In her free time, she likes to bike around Bloomington with friends and visit the different music and art shows.
William Vuylsteke 威廉
Will is a senior with a language-based scholarship from Army ROTC. He is majoring in East Asian Languages and Cultures and minoring in History and International Studies. Upon graduating, he hopes to commission active duty for the Military Intelligence branch. Afterwards, he intends to utilize his language capabilities and work in Hong Kong, where his family now lives. Will is also interested in furthering his Cantonese and Taiwanese speaking abilities. He was born and raised in Taiwan and lived there for sixteen years, and moved to Hong Kong where he graduated from high school. Will is a member of the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity and an active participant in IU Hip Hop Connxion, College Mentors for Kids, and Chinese Calligraphy Club.