Our Graduates in Chinese Language & Culture

Kathleen Brindley '12 studied Chinese Language & Culture at New College and wrote her thesis on "Transformations of White Snake." Prior to graduation she earned a full scholarship from the Chinese government to attend Nanjing University, where she is completing her master's degree in China Studies in English. Here is what she has to say about her experience in China and how New College benefited her.

"After graduating from New College I went straight on to start my master's program at Nanjing University studying China Studies in English while taking Chinese classes in my free time. I received a full China Government Scholarship for my master's and Nanjing University lets me study Chinese language for free. Although the master's program is not up to the rigor of New College, I was aware this might be the case before arriving and any disadvantage is countered by learning Chinese culture with perhaps the least amount of Western influence possible. I am still improving my Chinese language, getting a master's degree that is fully paid for, gaining cultural living experiences, and getting to conduct my own qualitative research!

"Over the past year, I've also briefly volunteered for a TV show company improving the English translations in their scripts and coaching an actress for her role in an upcoming TV drama 四十九ζ—₯ ("49 days") about the Nanjing Massacre (you might know its recent film version called "Flowers of War"), and I've been in a few episodes of a web documentary recording the lives of foreign students in China.
I've also helped the principal of Nanjing's Pheonix English International schools with design and naming decisions for a new elementary school! He has big dreams of opening 20 more schools within Jiangsu province next year, and I think he can do it!  He is also the President of the Pheonix Publishing Media Corporation, so I've also helped him with some of the set up for an international-student-based coffee store inside one of their nearby Pheonix Foreign Language Bookstores.

"This semester I have also been studying for the GRE and researching International Relations/Politics Ph.D. programs in the US. I'm excited at the prospect of being able to take my knowledge and first-hand experiences with me into a Ph.D. program. "

Although our Chinese Language & Literature program is still quite young, New College is proud of our numerous graduates who have built upon their Chinese studies at New College to further their education and careers. Here's a sampling of what some of them are up to:

Kate Boeyen is the foreign teacher manager at Mini English in Xiamen, Fujian, China.

Nolan Bensen is attending graduate school at Columbia University for a master's degree in East Asian Languages and Culture. While still a student at New College, Nolan earned a Critical Language Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State for study in Beijing. He is one of four New College students who has received one of these prestigious scholarships to China since 2010.

Jacob Long was awarded a Confucius Institute Scholarship and is currently teaching English at Suzhou University in Anhui province.

Lacey Sigmon studied abroad through CET's Intensive Chinese Language Program and is currently attending graduate school at the University of Michigan working toward her master's degree in urban planning. Her research focuses on Chinese cities and the developmental issues they face.

Anthony Circharo completed his AOC in Political Science/International and Area Studies but used the Chinese language experience he gained at New College to earn a Fulbright Scholarship to China. He currently is the admissions director for the Songwood College of Chinese.

Sarah Brown was awarded a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship to study Chinese in Nanjing, China, and  currently works as a teacher/ coordinator at Around America Education in Shanghai, China. Her goal is to secure a position in risk management consulting or custom research that will allow her to develop a strong network of like-minded individuals and groups committed to bridging the gap (both culturally and economically) between China, South East Asia and the United States.

Sample of Graduate Schools Attended by NCF Students in Chinese Language & Literature

• Nanjing University
• Columbia University
• University of Michigan

[Did you know?]

The China Club hosts annual events such as the Mid-Autumn Festival, Chinese New Year Dumpling Making and Spring Karaoke.

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