I cannot imagine my college experience without the Chinese Studies program. I was nervous to transition from a high school to college level language program, but my Chinese 202 teacher worked hard to bring me up to speed with my older classmates and made me feel comfortable in a challenging learning environment. She was the first teacher to show interest in my academic progress and I looked forward to every class. After my study abroad experience at Qinghua University the following summer, I quickly declared by Chinese major. The combination of language and culture classes formed for me an appreciation of a culture I never experienced before. Though I will not be speaking Chinese in my post-graduate job, studying Chinese taught me how to pursue challenges and operate out of my comfort zone. I know that these skills will be beneficial for years to come!