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2019 Spring Student Correspondent Team

See bloggers for: Brazil | China | Colombia | Czech Republic | India | Italy | Japan | Jordan | Taiwan | Vietnam

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Brazil

Ricky Tibbetts

CET Brazil
Syracuse University
Class of 2020
Major(s): Public Relations, Policy Studies
Minor: Communications and Rhetorical Studies

I am an outgoing, self-motivated person who loves exploring new cultures, cuisines, and languages. Furthermore, I am a political junkie who enjoys acting, cooking, exercise, and public speaking.

China

Carley Townsend

Middlebury School in China: Beijing
Kenyon College
Class of 2020
Major: Modern Languages and Literatures – French & Chinese track

Hello! Or should I say, “你好”! My name is Carley and I’m a junior from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. In Gambier, I spend my time running down the fields at club soccer, advocating for human and environmental rights with student activist groups, and teaching French to Kenyon students in intro French classes. On campus, you’ll probably catch me on my way to either a French or Chinese class – I’m a Modern Languages and Literatures (MLL) major with a focus on these two languages. I decided to spend my Junior year abroad in Yaoundé, Cameroon and in Beijing, China so that I could really be immersed in French and Chinese speaking cultures, respectively. I’ve had such a lovely time meeting new people, exploring new places, and eating delicious foods. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to study abroad and I’m even more grateful to be able to share my experiences through my blog!

Emma Tilley

CET Harbin
Brown University
Class of 2020
Major: Literary Arts

Hi! I’m Emma Tilley, a junior at Brown University majoring in literary arts. Though Brown doesn’t offer minors, my other interests include comparative literature, languages, and translation. My medium-term goal to read and discuss Chinese literature in the original has brought me to Beijing and Harbin. Having both self-studied Mandarin and taken a year long introductory course, CET’s language pledge environment sounded like the best way to improve quickly and comprehensively. I’m looking forward to sharing both practical information and reflections on student life in Harbin.

Kira Porter

CET Beijing
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Class of 2021
Major: Operations and Information Management
Minor: Chinese

大家好!My name is Kira and I’m coming to the CET Beijing language intensive program from outside of Boston, Massachusetts. Although my business major tends to be associated with numbers, I have always enjoyed the humanities- reading, writing, learning about the world’s history, and working to understand new perspectives. After three semesters studying Mandarin at my home university, UMass, I’m looking forward to an amazing semester of language gains and cultural discovery in Beijing. And as a Chinese adoptee, I hope to not only improve upon valuable skills by embarking on this journey, but also to connect with my heritage and learn more about what it means to be Chinese!

Colombia

Jeffrey Suliveres

CET Colombia
Amherst College
Class of 2020
Major(s): Psychology/Black Studies

¡Saludos! My name is Jeffrey and I’ll be the Student Photographer for CET Colombia’s inaugural team! As a South Bronx native who grew up in a richly diverse immigrant community, I’ve always had a fascination with other cultures. Despite growing up with many Colombian friends and being a frequent passerby of Jackson Heights (Colombian neighborhood in Queens), a majority of my knowledge on the country embarrassingly comes from Narcos (yikes, I know). So here I am making the trip to become cultured, study race and ethnicity outside the U.S context, and escape the cold evils of Western Massachusetts.

Asia Matthews

CET Colombia
Princeton University
Class of 2020
Major: African American Studies
Minor(s): Latin American Studies, Statistics
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Hola! My name is Asia and I come from Jamaica, Queens NEW YORK CITY. I’m a junior at Princeton majoring in African American Studies and minoring in Latin American Studies and Statistics. There is nothing like South America, and I am so happy to be in Colombia. I really look forward to discovering Afro-Colombian life with my professors and roommates and am grateful for the opportunity to bring you all with me on my journey.

Czech Republic

Daniel Kushner

CET Prague
Washington University in St. Louis
Class of 2020
Major(s): Political Science and Finance
Minor: Mathematics

Howdy folks, my name is Daniel Kushner and I’m from New Canaan, Connecticut exploring a semester in Prague this spring. Like many, I spent the first few years of my childhood attached to my mother’s hip, refusing to detach and experience new activities, foods, or really anything that wasn’t comfortable. Through the years, however, I have made an active effort to step outside of that comfort zone and, as such, I have travelled all across the world from Croatia to Belize to Montreal, trying new things along the way. As a blogger, I hope to use my platform as a means of inspiring myself on a daily basis to explore Prague and try new and unique experiences, all while bringing my audience along with me. Ahoj!

Isaiah Tulanda

Film Production at FAMU
Claremont McKenna College
Class of 2020
Major(s): Goverment and Media Studies with a concentration in Film/Video
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Hey everybody! I’m Isaiah, a current junior at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, CA. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, and I’m excited for my experiences this upcoming semester! Though I have always been a big fan of words (literature/poetry/screenplays), my admiration for photo/video has blossomed in recent years and whenever I use them in tandem it’s a dream come true. It will be truly fascinating for me to learn about a culture for the first time while living in it, so be ready for some thorough insights!

Jordan Redd

Film Production at FAMU
American University
Class of 2020
Major(s): Film and Media Arts
Minor: Creative Writing

I am an aspiring screenwriter and director studying Film in D.C. at American University! I grew up in Pennsylvania, and I plan to move to L.A. after I graduate to break into Hollywood to work towards better minority representation in front of and behind the camera. I have been the Photography editor for my schools literary magazine for the past three semesters. Film photography was my gateway into my love for photography and filmmaking, and it remains my main hobby. Although I also enjoy digital photography, shooting on film makes me feel closer to the art of the craft.

Megan Massey

Film Production at FAMU
Syracuse University (College of Visual and Performing Arts)
Class of 2020
Major: Film
Minor(s): English and Textual Studies

Hello! I’m Megan Massey and I am a Junior at Syracuse University studying film. I’m minoring in English to maximize on as many creative writing courses as possible. I love watching movies, especially if they’re from the 80s. Theater is another passion of mine, which I began at the age of 7. I enjoy reading, writing, and knitting and I cannot wait to spend a full semester abroad traveling and learning Czech culture at FAMU in Prague. I can’t wait to share my adventures with you!

India

Teddy Powers

UW in India: Varanasi
University of Wisconsin – Madison
Class of 2020
Major(s): Neurobiology, Religious Studies

Hello! My name is Teddy Powers, and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I’m a senior at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. I’m a Neurobiology and Religious Studies double major, and I’ll be graduating in 2020 (taking 5 years). Outside of school, I enjoy living vicariously through my awesome little brothers, meditating and discussing philosophy, swing dancing and playing Dungeons and Dragons. My passion is to be a clinical psychologist – I came to India to get a better understanding of different types of people affected by a different culture.

Italy

Andrew Bainton

CET Siena
Vanderbilt University
Class of 2020
Major: Economics
Minor: Italian

My name is Andrew Bainton, I’m originally from Atlanta, GA but am currently located in Nashville, TN where I go to school at Vanderbilt University. My main interests are music and sports (I’m hoping to see some concerts and professional soccer matches in my time abroad) and hobbies include reading, writing, and exercising among others.

Jillian Kazlow

CET Florence
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Class of 2020
Major: Journalism

Ciao! My name is Jillian (Jill) and I am a UW-Madison Journalism student studying in Florence, Italy this semester. I am so excited to explore Italian culture, art, history, and most importantly delicious Italian cuisine! Growing up, I was dubbed the “travelmate” by my friends and family as I have always been extremely enthusiastic and willing to tag along with them on any trip no matter where they were going. After visiting family in Europe at a young age, I decided that I wanted to become a “jetsetter” someday and travel to as many new and different places as possible. I would like to work in the entertainment industry as a writer and travel for a living! I love RnB music, fitness, comedy, reading, and spending time with my friends and family. I cannot wait to learn through my curriculum abroad as well as through new adventures and experiences in the beautiful city of Florence.

Nicole Cox

CET Florence
Vanderbilt University
Class of Fall 2019
Major: Psychology
Minor: Italian

Ciao a tutti! My name is Nicole, and I’m a psychology student at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. I started taking Italian classes in college and immediately fell in love with the language and culture. I can’t wait to be able to experience it all firsthand in Florence! In my free time, I love spending time with friends and family, lifting weights, trying new foods, and crafting. I’ve been passionate about photography ever since I got my first camera as a kid, and I can’t wait to share pictures of Italy with y’all!

Japan

Allison Whitney

AICAD in Japan
Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)
Class of 2020
Major: Game Design

Hello! My name is Allison “Ally” Whitney. I am a Game Design student at Maryland Institute College of Art. Some hobbies of mine include but are not limited to: photography, all types of games, archery, and watching movies and shows with my friends! I have been dreaming of studying abroad in Japan since I was in the 3rd grade, and I am thrilled to check this off the list at last! I am excited to explore Osaka and other parts of Japan and take in all of these new experiences that will help me grow as an artist and person!

Armando Montoya

CET Japan
Lewis and Clark College
Class of 2020
Major: Art History
Minor: Japanese
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Heyy, everyone ! 🙂 My name is Armando and my favorite color is purple. I love history, art, baking and working with clay!! My dream is to someday open up a bakery/cafe that showcases a lot of cool art and provides a space for underrepresented communities (queer, POC) to showcase and celebrate their art.

Caroline Xia

AICAD in Japan
Maryland Institute of Technology (MICA)
Class of 2020
Major(s): Film and Video

From Queens, NYC. My hobbies include screenwriting, film photography, and attempting to learn how to DJ.

Laurel Brinker-Cole

CET Japan
Franklin & Marshall College
Class of 2020
Major: Creative Writing
Minor: Japanese

Hey y’all! My name is Laurel. I’m a junior at Franklin & Marshall College, but I’ll be blogging from Osaka, Japan for the 2019 Spring Semester! I’m into many things nerdy, ranging from The Hobbit to anime and everywhere in between, so don’t be surprised if you notice a reference or two. I also know far more about owls than the average individual. I’ve been taking Japanese since Freshman year, and my time abroad will be a great way to expand on the skills I’ve already been building, not to mention everything I’ll learn from classmates and locals — even if some of those things will probably come through embarrassing faux pas! I’m looking forward to my time in Osaka and all the ridiculous nonsense I’m sure I’ll get up to with new (and old!) friends. I’ve got a whole list of places to go and things to do (hot springs, local shrines, need I continue?), so I hope you enjoy reading about some of my adventures along the way.

Yichen Wei

AICAD in Japan
Maryland Institute of Technology (MICA)
Class of 2020
Major: Illustration

Hi everyone! My name is Yichen, and I study illustration at Maryland institute college of art. I enjoy watching movies and reading books. And I’m most passionate about drawing and painting. Animals are my favorites as well. I’m so excited to be going to Japan, and to be sharing my experience with others!

Jordan

Cecilia Beard

CET Jordan: Intensive Language
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Class of 2020
Major(s): English and Arab Cultures

What’s up! I’m Cecilia, a junior at UNC-Chapel Hill studying English Literature and Arab Cultures. After a brief stint thinking I wanted to work for the government, I stumbled into my school’s Arabic language classes. While my initial thoughts of becoming a CIA agent have subsided, I’ve fallen in love with both the Arabic language and Arab culture. To say I’m excited about my semester abroad in Jordan is an understatement — I’m ecstatic. When I’m not in class, I enjoy flitting from one bookstore to the next, debating music tastes with friends, attempting to outsmart the 10-article limit for the online New York Times, and losing copious water bottles. So many water bottles.

Maria Farnan

CET Jordan: Intensive Language
American University
Class of 2020
Major: International Studies
Minor: Arabic

My name is Maria and I am currently a Junior studying abroad in Amman, Jordan for this semester. Upon completion of this program, I am hoping to develop a greater understanding of the Arabic language and Middle Eastern culture by engaging in a fully immersive study abroad experience. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and hope to capture the complexities of the region from broad perspectives to finite moments, sharing honest narratives of life in Jordan.

Robert Sanford

CET Jordan: Internship
American University
Class of 2020
Major: International Studies
Minor(s): Spanish, Political Science

My name is Rob Sanford, and I’m a junior in American University’s School of International Service. For the next few months, I’ll be in Amman, Jordan, seeking to further my understanding of Middle Eastern society and culture and to gain a strong comprehension of the Arabic language. Originally from Houston, Texas, I enjoy soccer, cooking, and reading, and I’m a massive Anthony Bourdain fan. As a CET Student Correspondent, I’ll endeavor to channel my inner Bourdain by delving into Jordanian culture and delivering crisp, insightful prose.

Syeda Siddiqi

CET Jordan: Internship
American University
Class of 2020
Major: International Relations

My name is Syeda Siddiqi. I was born in Bangladesh and raised in Nigeria. I’m excited to be going to Jordan and share my journey. My fun fact at the first day of class is that I can speak 6 languages. Also, my My Chemical Romance phase never ended but the fashion did. I am an International Studies major in American University. My regional focus is the Middle East and my Thematic focus is Identity, Race, Gender, and Culture and International Development. I hope to gain experience and learn even more about the Arabic language. I also hope for a great adventure!

Taiwan

Finlay Scanlon

CET Taiwan
University of Texas at Austin
Class of 2021
Major: International Relations and Global Studies (Concentration: International Security and Asian Studies)
Minor(s): Chinese Language and Culture, Public Policy Certificate

你好! My name is Finlay and I’m a sophomore at UT Austin. I’m involved in Model UN, theater, improv and political activism on campus but this semester I decided to relocate across the Pacific. I cannot believe how lucky I am to be spending an adventure-filled year here in Taipei, Taiwan. I am an avid language learner and my goal was to learn the five most spoken languages in the world by my college graduation. Although I may need an extension on this (Hindi is hard), Chinese language learning has never been so fulfilling as it is everyday here.

Victoria Hans

CET Taiwan
Western Kentucky University
Class of 2020
Major(s): Spanish, Chinese, Asian Religions & Cultures, Religious Studies

你好!I’m Victoria Hans, a junior at Western Kentucky University. I traveled to Taiwan for the first time in 2016, and I’m thrilled to be back studying Chinese in 2019. Prior to the start of the program, I will be in China for around 2 weeks studying religion through a research grant I won from my university, so I will kick-off my semester abroad in mainland China! In addition to learning languages, traveling, and studying religion, I also really enjoy hiking, swimming, and photography. I’m very excited to be the student photographer for CET Taiwan this spring, and am especially looking forward to photographing religious sites in Taiwan. I can’t wait to share my experiences with you all through my photographs!

Vietnam

Tina Chiem

CET Vietnam
Clark University
Class of 2020
Major: Geography

hi all! my name’s tina chiem, and i’ll be spending this upcoming spring sem here in vietnam! i’m vietnamese-chinese american, originally from san francisco, ca, and am going to school on the east coast where temps are below freezing half the year. best believe ima enjoy the heat here in vn, as well as all the learning and exploring i’ll be getting to do in these next few months with cet! i look forward to sharing with y’all my love of clouds, boba, and happy moments in photo form // see ya out there ~