I have always loved learning languages and this was the main reason that I enrolled in Chinese 101. As I continued to take more classes in the Chinese department, I began to love the language more and more. All of the professors are extremely helpful and truly want to see your Chinese improve and see you succeed in the future. Being able to study Mandarin at Qinghua University in the summer of 2014 was an opportunity that I will always appreciate. I was able to focus on just language classes and this really helped to improve my vocabulary and confidence in speaking Chinese. I also met many new friends who had the same interests as me and was able to live with a number of them the following fall in the Chinese House. Living in the Chinese House was a lot of fun and there was a strong sense of community among the residents. After I graduate I hope to continue studying Chinese, hopefully in China!