My name is Nicole Cook and I am graduating with a double major in International Relations and Chinese Studies. I feel beyond blessed to have been a part of the Chinese Department all four years! I truly love the challenge of mastering a second language so different from English. I entered William & Mary never having studied Chinese, but the encouraging faculty and supportive environment have fostered some of my favorite college experiences. During the summer of 2016, I studied in Beijing through the W&M Summer Study Abroad program. I am excited to return to China this fall, studying for one academic year in Guilin as a Boren Scholar. I hope to apply my Chinese-language knowledge in a future career related to US national security.