About Mel

MelNi hao! I’m Mel — a Fulbright ETA Grantee, Critical Language Scholar, language enthusiast, and aspiring world traveler. I graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in May 2014 with a degree in Asian Studies and Political Science. I studied Spanish and French for about 6 years altogether, and then took on the challenge of learning Chinese when I entered college. Now my goal is to attain fluency in Mandarin Chinese as well as an understanding of Chinese society and culture. I have come far over the past four years, but there is still more to go before I reach my goal.

This blog archives my personal growth in addition to my most memorable language learning adventures. From attending an intensive 8-week “no-English-allowed” summer immersion program at Middlebury, to studying abroad in Beijing, China (sponsored by the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program) . From 2014-2015, I will blog about my newest, exciting chapters: my Critical Language Scholarshp and Fulbright ETA Grant.

The Critical Language Scholarship, a Department of State program, funds intensive training programs in “critical” languages. I am a scholarship recipient for 2014 and will attend an 8-week intensive language program in Hangzhou, China over the summer. Click here to see my updates!

The Fulbright program is also funded by the Department of State and among other things supports academic projects abroad in the spirit of fostering cultural and scholarly exchange. Through Fulbright’s English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program, I will go to Taichung, Taiwan to teach English for approximately one year.

I invite you to read along to learn more about my experiences, Chinese language and culture, and the different programs I studied with. Feel free to post any questions you may have as comments at the bottom of my blog posts.

Please Note: this blog is not an official US Department of State website. The views and information presented are of the author as a private citizen and do not represent the Fulbright Program, Critical Language Scholarship Program, Gilman Scholarship, or the US Department of State.