Kaleena is from Bloomington and is a finance major. She wants to study Chinese because she has always dreamed of going abroad and, through Flagship, she now has the opportunity to do so.
Kaleena is from Bloomington and is a finance major. She wants to study Chinese because she has always dreamed of going abroad and, through Flagship, she now has the opportunity to do so.
Nick Atkinson is pursuing a double major in Chinese and International Studies. He joined Flagship because he wanted to be able to say he was fluent in Chinese and then watch people’s faces go “ooo” and “aaah,” but what he is really getting is a network of friends and faculty committed to learning. He wishes he could discuss future plans after college, but, after joining Flagship, he says the possibilities seem limitless!
Jakob Barbour is a sophomore Human Biology major from Lafayette, Indiana. After graduation he plans to attend Physician Assistant school. He joined Flagship because he enjoys learning about different languages and cultures, and he hopes to be able to learn about traditional Chinese medicine while doing his Capstone year. He hopes this will allow him to mix his knowledge of western medicine with traditional Chinese medicine to have a greater impact on those he is helping.
Jacob Beck is from Fortville, Indiana. Jacob visited Taiwan during the summer before college had started and developed a passion for the Chinese language and culture. His major is currently undecided but he would like to go into a career which utilizes his Chinese. He also wishes to live in either China or Taiwan in the future and become immersed in the Chinese culture. His hobbies include studying Chinese, playing video games, and cooking.
Isabelle Bennett is from Fishers, Indiana. She is studying International Studies with a concentration in Human Rights and International Law and minoring in International Economics. She joined the flagship program because she loves learning languages and the intensity of the program. After graduating, she plans to attend law school. In her free time, you can find Isabelle reading, at a concert, or planning a trip somewhere.
Grace Bland, from Bloomington, Indiana, is majoring in International Studies and Chinese. Grace joined the Flagship because she sees it as a great opportunity to achieve fluency in a vital language, and she has a passion for learning about different languages and cultures. In addition to Chinese and English, Grace has also studied Spanish, and she hopes that these language skills will help with her post-graduate goal of getting a career in government. Aside from the Flagship, Grace enjoys working out, playing video games, and traveling in her free time.
Chloe Bodnarick is an East Asian Language and Cultures major (Chinese) with a minor in media and is from Greencastle, Indiana. As someone who loves exploring other cultures and learning languages from around the world, she found the IU Chinese Flagship to be the perfect opportunity to develop an significant understanding of Chinese language and to meet like-minded people. In her spare time, Chloe likes to draw and watch Chinese TV shows along with listening to popular Chinese music. After graduation, Chloe plans to use her Chinese skills working as an interpreter for a company in China or Taiwan.
Thoman Boulay is from Salt Lake City, Utah majoring in Chinese and Italian. His interest in Chinese started in middle school and was accompanied by many study abroad experiences in China, one of which last a full year where he became interested in learning Italian. Thomas plans on going to the Nanjing Capstone Program, and afterwards a study abroad program in Bologna, Italy. Thomas has a love for the culinary arts, photography, and outdoor activities-- especially backpacking.
Ellis is planning a dual major in Chemistry and Chinese. He joined the Flagship Program because of the accelerated learning and study abroad opportunities. Ellis has made many friends through Flagship, especially during FCI. His hobbies include hiking, reading, and a playing piano.
Mitchell is from Richmond, Indiana majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in Mandarin Chinese with the goal of attending medical school. He plans to become either a physician/surgeon or to go into pharmaceutical engineering. Mitchell has been fascinated by languages from a young age. He studied Japanese on and off since third grade, and took Spanish in high school. High school started offering Chinese during his senior year, and while taking the course he fell in love with Chinese language. When he discovered IU had a Chinese Flagship Program, he immediately applied and was overjoyed when accepted. His passion for Chinese has done nothing but grow since joining this elite program. Now Mitchell can have in-depth conversations with teachers and friends, and to think it’s only be roughly two years since joining! With the help of Flagship, he plans to combine his love of medicine and Chinese, and to explore taking part in Doctors Without Borders in China. Aside from Flagship, Mitchell is a member of Phi Delta Epsilon IN Alpha Medical Fraternity. Additionally, he enjoys using Chinese to learn science, writing Chinese calligraphy, vlogging, watching movies, traveling and hanging out with his “Flagship family!”
Cameron Castleman is from South Bend, Indiana. He joined flagship for the future career opportunities and especially for the purposes of improving his language skills with the resources the flagship program has to offer. After he graduates, he is considering work in translation or analysis. His hobbies include listening to music in different languages, hiking, and reading.
Aaron is currently studying Finance and German, among other things. The Flagship Program allows him to completely shatter the mold of a typical business student and bring something completely different to a variety of situations he may be confronted with. His current work goal is to work in energy and infrastructure investing in emerging markets, particularly in Africa, bu that may change. A large part of his decision to join Flagship was its potential to help grow and compliment his current linguistic skills, particularly the intersection of Finance, German and Chinese. Whether it be tutoring German to students of all ages or taking on a leadership role within the Chinese Business Association at Kelley, his hope is that these activities and his current academic pursuits will him to play an integral role within the Sino-European economic sector. Outside of the classroom, Aaron volunteers with the Council for International Education Exchange, working with high school students studying abroad in both the United States and internationally.
Christine is double majoring in Chinese and International Studies with a concentration in diplomacy, security and governance. She decided to join Flagship because she knew it was a program that would provide her with the resources and opportunities to develop her Chinese language skills to a professional level. She’d like to someday work for the government so having exceptional language skills is a must. Aside from learning Chinese, Christine is a member of the Model United Nations at IU, and she loves coffee, Netflix, and traveling.
Kadiatou Diallo, from Indianapolis, IN, is majoring in Informatics with a cognate in media. She joined the flagship program because she wanted to immerse herself in a different yet similar culture from her own. And having the opportunity to use this program to do so greatly benefits her in the future as she wants to travel around the world after graduation. Kadiatou’s hobbies include doing her hair, dancing, outdoor activities, and using her curiosity to make whatever she can think of.
Miriam Edwards is from a small town of Woodburn just outside of Fort Wayne, Indiana. She is majoring in International Studies. She joined the Chinese Flagship program because she wanted to become fluent in Chinese and felt that the immersion aspect that the program offered would aid her in that. After graduation, she is looking at working in government foreign intelligence. Her hobbies include reading, watching Netflix, and traveling.
Rachel Fisher is an International Studies major from Baltimore, Maryland. She has studied Chinese abroad both in high school and on her gap year. When she found out about the Chinese Flagship program, it seemed perfect. With the promise of becoming extremely proficient and studying abroad (twice!) she knew Flagship was the way to go. After college, she hopes to live and work abroad. In her free time besides studying languages, Rachel can be found watching movies, listening to music, or playing guitar.
Andrew, from New Palestine, Indiana, is majoring in Chinese. He plans to go to China to teach English to native Chinese speakers, later returning to the US to teach Chinese or chemistry. His fascination with Chinese began at a summer camp for international students from China. Andrew’s hobbies include spending time with friends, working out, speaking Chinese, teaching others, reading his Bible, participating in group activities with his church, and being involved in the Christian organization, CRU.
Nathan is majoring in Management in the Kelley School of Business with a minor in, Megan Gearhart is from Fort Wayne, Indiana. As a Rotary Youth Exchange Ambassador to Kaohsiung, Taiwan her junior year of high school, she became interested in Chinese culture. This passion brought her to the Chinese language and she joined the Chinese Flagship. Although still uncertain on her future career, Megan plans to work as a foreign service officer or go into international business as a consultant. When not working or in class she enjoys reading, writing, and cooking.
Luke Goodman is from Evergreen Park, Illinois, a suburb on the Southside of Chicago. He started learning Chinese for his deep interest in the language and eventually joined the Flagship program after experiencing the weekend retreat at Bradford Woods. Post graduation Luke hopes to find a job either in his major of Informatics with a cognate in Business, or a job dealing with Chinese. Some of Luke's hobbies include listening to music, watching sports, and sleeping.
Elliot Gross is from a rural town in Indiana by the name of Roachdale. Prior to coming to IU, he had no background in Chinese language study. His interest in Chinese began as a child whenever his parents adopted his younger sister from China. Elliot developed a passion for language and culture study as he grew up and traveled both the domestically and internationally. Upon graduation, he aspires to work for a company, organization, or government that allows him to travel often. Ideally, a portion of "retirement" would consist of being in the Peace Corps. Elliot enjoys reading, hiking, and playing basketball in his free time.
Nathan is majoring in Management in the Kelley School of Business with a minor in, naturally, Chinese. Nathan was drawn to Flagship in hopes of augmenting his regular Chinese coursework, ensuring he can learn as much as he can in his time here. While he doesn’t yet know how he will use his education from IU, he knows that between business and Chinese, he is sure to find something he loves! His other passions include biking, music, and good coffee.
Arinna is currently undecided for her major, but is interested in going into research and/or the medical field. Her hobbies range from dancing to doing math problems for fun. She also enjoys learning about different cultures, especially China, because she was adopted from China and found her birth parents her freshman year of high school. Therefore, she joined Flagship in order to become fluent in Chinese because she would like to be able to communicate with her biological family without the help of a translator.
Hunter Hites is from Richmond, Indiana. In the future, he intends to work at the State Department, an NGO or even the United Nations. He joined Indiana University's Chinese Flagship because he believes Chinese is a crucial language in future diplomacy (plus scholarships to study abroad!).
Toby Huter is from Cedar Mountain, North Carolina - a small community in the Appalachian Mountains. Beginning with a passion for Korean, she joined the Chinese flagship to broaden her knowledge of Asia. As China is a hot spot for North Korean refugees, in her future she hopes to work to help people fleeing North Korea or help in the struggle for peace and unity Asia and the Korean peninsula. Her hobbies include running with the IU Run Club, reading, and studying languages.
Neeli is currently a double major in International Studies and East Asian Languages and Cultures with a focus in Chinese and is minoring in Spanish. She enjoys reading, playing video games and scuba diving in her free time.
Krystal Kim is from Fishers, Indiana and moved to United States 5 years ago. She is majoring East Asian Language and Culture and minoring in Business. The reason Krystal wanted to join Chinese Flagship Program is because she really likes Chinese culture and wants to learn more about China. During summer break Krystal likes travelling.
Maddy is a dual major in International Studies and Spanish. Though she is not sure what she wants to do in the future, she is really excited to figure that out through her experiences at the IU School of Global and International Studies. She joined Flagship because she enjoys learning languages and would love to attain a high level of proficiency in Chinese, both for personal enjoyment and career opportunities. In her free time, Maddy likes to go out with her friends and spend time having fun and laughing with them. She is a cheerleader here at IU and enjoys spending time working with her team at practice and at games cheering on the Hoosiers.
Emily Lavey is from Fishers, Indiana and is majoring in International Studies. She is adopted from China and joined the program to reconnect with her culture. She also joined the Chinese Flagship Program to learn Chinese and for the study abroad program. Emily wants to work in a business type setting that allows her to travel the world. She loves to play guitar in her free time and rock climb.
Taylor is an East Asian Languages and Cultures major (Chinese) with a minor in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (Arabic) originally from Clarksville, Maryland. Starting with a "Learn Chinese" summer camp in middle school, what drew her to study Chinese was the rich culture and the intricate writing system, and she has been studying ever since. Previously not a Hoosier, after hearing about the IU Chinese Flagship program, Taylor transferred to IU in 2016 and is in love with Indiana life and the opportunities Flagship has brought-- like spending summer 2017 at the Princeton in Beijing Chinese language intensive. When not participating in Flagship events, working as a Flagship Program Assistant and Student Ambassador, or hanging out with Flagship friends, Taylor can usually be found out at Lake Lemon with the IU Sailing Team.
Phillip is from Overland Park, Kansas. He is currently studying Finance and Accounting in the Kelley School of Business. His past experiences abroad in Japan, Korea and Taiwan have led him to pursue more opportunities to study abroad in the Flagship Program. He enjoys playing tennis and those who know him would describe his backhand with one word, power. Phillip hopes to work abroad in investment banking in Hong Kong or Beijing.
Delia is an East Asian Languages and Cultures major from Baltimore, Maryland. IU's renowned language program and the Chinese Flagship are what drew her to the school. Delia has never studied Chinese before IU, but discovered a passion for languages through her study of French. Pursuing a minor in Informatics, she hopes to work in cyber security after graduation.
Cung is from Indianapolis but was originally from Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma. She is majoring in International Studies and Chinese.
Ethan McAndrews is an International Studies major from Carmel, Indiana. Ethan joined the Chinese Flagship in 2017 to gain a deeper understanding of Chinese culture and facilitate a healthy next generation of US-Sino relations. After graduation, Ethan hopes to work as a Foreign Service Officer for the US Department of State. Outside of Indiana University, Ethan enjoys coffee, stand-up comedy, and spending time with his family.
Maren McClelland is a freshman majoring in International Studies and Chinese and minoring in Italian at Indiana University. Maren is from the small town of New Concord, Ohio where she lives with her parents and three younger sisters. Maren developed her love of languages after spending a gap year in Italy through Rotary Youth Exchange. She decided she wanted to join Flagship to become fluent in Chinese to truly understand and appreciate Chinese culture. After graduation, Maren would like to earn her master’s degree and work for the US government. When Maren is not studying, she enjoys traveling, cooking, hiking, and listening to music.
Connor McNary is an undergraduate at Indiana University hailing from Columbus, Ohio. He enjoys running, cycling, and studying Chinese. Connors interest in Mandarin stems from the idea of being able to communicate in, and navigate through, a culture so dissimilar to his own. His passion for learning the language sparked during a five-day class trip to Flushing, NY. Flushing is heavily populated with native Mandarin speakers. After the initial culture shock, he built up his confidence and began conversing with native Mandarin speakers. It was during this trip that he decided he would pursue Chinese through college. During the next four years of his life, Connor is planning a dual major in International Business and Mandarin Chinese at Indiana University. After college, He hopes to find a job that allows for him to exercise his Chinese skills, as well as entertain his passion for business.
Ryan Miller is from the suburbs of Chicago, and he's currently majoring in Finance. Ryan has been to China twice, and his favorite place is Zhangjiajie. Ryan has been fascinated in Chinese culture since the 6th grade, when he made it his goal to speak fluent Chinese. After graduation Ryan hopes to live as an expat for some time in China, possibly working in financial management. Of course he will eventually become a billionaire. In his free time, Ryan plays ukulele, plays ultimate frisbee, or takes his camera on adventures.
Liam Moore is from Naperville, Illinois. He has been learning Mandarin Chinese ever since his Freshman year at high school. Liam joined the Chinese Flagship program because he is passionate about learning the language and hopes to attain superior level proficiency by the time he graduates from Indiana University. He is currently undecided on his major, but wishes to pursue a career that will utilize his Mandarin education. His hobbies include learning Mandarin, feeding squirrels, sky-gazing, running, and singing karaoke.
Raul Moreno is originally from Jalisco, Mexico where he spent the first months of his life. After a long moving process he found himself (along with his family) in nearby Indianapolis, Indiana where he now resides. Raul Joined the Chinese Flagship because he admires the method of immersion for language learning, and although he believes language acquisition is certainly possible without moving to a different country, there are certain cultural and social lessons that cannot be taught without experiencing them firsthand. Post-graduation Raul plans to enroll in grad school and pursue research opportunities in the field of astrophysics. In his spare time Raul enjoys going on runs, playing volleyball, or just staring up at the sky on a cloudless night.
Nancy Ni is from Fishers, Indiana. She is currently studying Philosophy and Political Science, and is also a part of the Liberal Arts Management Program (LAMP). She wanted to join Flagship after taking a gap year after graduating high school. During her gap year, she traveled to countries all across Europe and Asia and was inspired to learn languages as a way to connect with people. After capstone, she plans on pursuing graduate school for Political Philosophy. When she’s not crying into her Philosophy of the Mind textbook, she loves hosting her own radio show on WIUX, jump roping, traveling, baking, and singing love songs to her cat.
Brooke is double majoring in International Studies (concentrating in diplomacy, security, and governance, and regional concentration in East Asia) and East Asian Languages and Cultures (Accelerated Chinese). She was born in Jiangxi Province, China and adopted from Nanchang, Jiangxi; since the age of two, she has resided in Chicago. She joined Chinese Flagship because she has long wanted to learn her native language and better understand her native culture, in addition to wanting to be able to use her Mandarin Chinese skills for professional career purposes.
William, from the eastside of Indianapolis, Indiana, is majoring in International Studies and East Asian Languages and Cultures with minors in economics and German. He came to IU for the Kelley School as a directly admitted student and signed up for Chinese during freshman orientation, where he learned of the Flagship programs, and later switched tracks to the School of Global and International Studies when he discovered a passion for international relations. After graduation, William hopes to enter investment banking in China and down the line work in private credit or private equity.
Marria Peduto is from Indianapolis, Indiana. She joined the Chinese Flagship because learning Mandarin has always been one of her life’s goals and it is an incredibly useful language for whatever career field she pursues. She also studied in Chengdu, China as part of the U.S. State Department’s NSLI-Y program, only furthering her love of Mandarin. After graduating she hopes to either work as a Foreign Service Officer or work for a multinational company. Marria loves traveling, hiking, cooking, art, sports, and kayaking.
Brenden Perez is currently a sophomore majoring in Psychology and Sociology with minors in Spanish and Chinese. Brenden is from Crown Point, IN, otherwise known as being part of "The Region." He has relatives from both Mexico and Taiwan, but feels that he has never had much opportunity to get in touch with his Taiwanese side, especially since he has never taken a Chinese/East-Asian related course before coming to Bloomington. Through the Chinese Flagship he hopes to be able to learn more about his roots and culture as well as gaining the necessary communication skills to communicate with his family back in Taiwan. Currently he loves playing his violin, stressing out about having homework but going to sleep instead, spending time with friends and family, and studying different languages. Brenden is not exactly sure what he wants to do after graduation, but being a polyglot and attending graduate schools are just two of his goals.
Austin, from Bargersville, Indiana is studying finance and Chinese. This past summer, he attended the Princeton in Beijing Chinese language intensive through Flagship in addition to interning at a company in Shanghai. Following graduation, he expects to pursue investment banking at a global bank in New York. After one or two years in New York, he plans to transfer to an office in China. Austin’s interest in Chinese culture and language is derived from a high school ex-girlfriend, whose grandparents only spoke Chinese. They would try to serve him huge amounts of food, so his girlfriend taught him simple phrases such as “No thank you! I am very full.” Aside from his business and Chinese skills, Austin prides himself on his extensive collection of WeChat stickers.
Britt Rogers is a freshman majoring in International Studies at the School of Global and International Studies. She enjoys playing soccer, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family. Although she graduated high school in Beijing, she grew up in many different states and countries such as Hawaii, Jamaica, and Colorado, to name a few. Britt joined the Chinese Flagship Program to pursue her passion of Chinese. Britt began studying Chinese in seventh grade when she lived in Guangzhou and has been learning it ever since. Britt also believes that the Chinese Flagship Program provides her with many incredible opportunities such as multiple study abroad programs and extremely helpful one-on-one tutoring. After graduation, Britt hopes to work for the United States State Department and hopefully one day at a US embassy in China.
Ray Scherer is from Lapel, Indiana. He is currently studying Political Science, Chinese, and is enrolled in the IU Army ROTC program. He joined flagship because he wants to fluently expressed ideas and interests in Chinese. Ray plans on graduating as a 2nd LT and go to law school. He wants to pursue a career in politics later in life. He enjoys napping, sports, public speaking, and lifting.
Will Strum is from Southlake, Texas and is an International Law major. He joined the flagship program because of his passion for Chinese culture and a desire to strengthen global ties through positive academic relations. After graduation Will plans to pursue a law degree from the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University. After academics he hopes to work for either the United Nations or the United States State Department. His hobbies include pinball machine restoration and writing poetry.
Ron-Christopher is majoring in Business Management and hopes to work in management consulting or become a lawyer. He joined Chinese Flagship because he questioned why he was studying Chinese. At first, it was to get his general education for languages done, but he reasoned that if he didn’t want to become fluent in the language than it was a waste of time. He loves the Chinese language and felt that the Chinese Flagship Program would allow him to become fluent, as well as give him opportunities that would not have been available without joining the program.
Janine is majoring in Biology and EALC Accelerated Chinese. After graduating, she plans to pursue a law degree and use that in some capacity, either in government or private business. She joined Flagship to deepen her knowledge of the Chinese language and culture so that she can use it in her future professional life and because the people are awesome! Her hobbies include reading, blogging, pinning on Pinterest, coffee & tea, and finding/watching indie Taiwanese movies.
Drake Wang is a first year Chinese Flagship student from Carmel, Indiana majoring in management and international business through the Kelley School of Business. His dad is originally from Taiwan and his grandparents still live there. Over the summer of his junior year in high school he got his first opportunity to travel to Taiwan and visit his grandparents. He absolutely fell in love with the culture and the language and developed a passion for Chinese. That passion eventually inspired him to join Chinese Flagship to attain a higher level of Chinese and have the opportunity to study abroad in China and Taiwan. After graduating he hopes to continue using Chinese in business either working in Asia and/or the United States.
Manda is from Carmel, Indiana and majoring in biology with minors in chemistry, Chinese and anthropology. She wants to be a doctor one day and is planning on going to medical school after her capstone year. She joined Flagship because she wanted to be able to fully communicate and develop relationships with her family in China. She also hopes to travel to China to volunteer as a doctor for an organization such as Doctors without Borders. If Manda’s not doing homework for her pre-med classes, you can find her binge-watching Friends on Netflix or hanging out with her actual friends, or out around Bloomington cycling with her independent Little 500 team.
Kawon Warfield is from South Bend Indiana. He joined Chinese Flagship to accelerate his learning, study abroad, and learn invaluable skills for his future career. Kawon would like to earn his PH.D in genetics and one day hopes to win a Nobel prize in physiology and medicine. Kawon is a swimmer and a multi-instrumentalist who has been performing for over 10 years and hops to do it for many more. His main style of music is jazz being primarily performed on the saxophone.
Oliver is a Pre-Accounting student, meaning that he is trying to get into the Kelley School of Business. He joined the Flagship Program because of the opportunity to learn and speak Mandarin. Ultimately, he wants to work in America and in China. Oliver loves to play sports and loves to cook.
Student and grapefruit frozen yogurt enthusiast, Nora, studies International Studies (concentrating in Culture and Politics of East Asia) and Chinese. Nora’s international academic and language pursuits began in the Lawrence township K-12 Spanish Language Immersion Program in Indianapolis. A life of learning about languages and cultures has shaped the way Nora thinks and sees the world. In the future, she hopes to apply her knowledge of cultures and languages in the creative industry either as a designer or a creative problem solver/thinker. With languages, she will travel and experience the world.