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Tori Hester–Critical Language Scholarship

Name: Tori Hester

Class Year: 2020

Hometown: Raleigh, NC

Major(s): Chinese, Chemistry

Opportunity and Year: Critical Language Scholarship Program, Summer 2019

Project Summary: CLS is a two-month long intensive language program designed to increase the number of Americans learning foreign languages that are important for US foreign relations. I will be taking 20+ hours of Chinese language class at Shaanxi Normal University in Xi’an, China, living with a local roommate, and exploring the local culture and community.

How did W&L prepare you for this opportunity? The East Asian Languages and Literature department has given me a solid foundation in Chinese. The rigorous academics at W&L has prepared me for the challenges I will face participating in the CLS program. Spending Spring Term abroad my sophomore year was a great experience that has prepped me to spend a summer abroad.

Why did you apply for this opportunity? I applied for this opportunity because of the language and culture immersion it offers. I hope to be fluent in Chinese and CLS offered a wonderful opportunity to immerse myself in the Chinese language and culture.

Post-graduation Plans: Before attending medical school, I hope to spend a gap year in China to further my language skills.

How will this opportunity help you achieve your goals? It is my goal to work with programs similar to Doctors Without Boarders, specifically in China. CLS will introduce me to Chinese culture and help me obtain the language skills that will be required to work with medical relief programs in China.

Extracurricular Involvement:

Varsity Swim Team

Off-campus Experience:

Spring Term 2019 in The Netherlands taking an Art History course taught by Dr. Uffelman

Research Experience:

W&L Summer Research Scholar in the Biochemistry Department

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