Peer Mentor Match

Angela Glowacki (she/her)

Junior, Chinese and Community & Nonprofit Leadership (L&S)

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What I can share: I think I can be a great resource if someone has question regarding Chinese language courses or classes required for the Chinese major.

Fun fact about me: I was born in Jiangxi, China!

Reena Samuels (she/her)

Junior, Economics Major and Chinese Professional Communications Certificate (BA, L&S)

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Languages studied: Chinese

What I can share: I want to help!

Fun fact about me: I am in the UW Madison Women’s Chorus!

Ellie Scheirey (she/her)

Junior, Economics and Sociology Major, Chinese Professional Communication and Sports Communication Certificate (L&S)

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Languages studied: Chinese

What I can share: I feel I can give students guidance in choosing classes, balancing their schedules, and finding what they’re passionate about. I am going into my junior year still undecided and to many people this can be very stressful, so I would love to be able to listen to others and give advice. I keep a busy schedule, with two jobs and 3+ volunteer opportunities on top of my classes, so I believe I can share how I balance my schoolwork with my outside activities. I also have helpful tips on how to succeed in a language class, and how to study for challenging classes.

Fun fact about me: I love to travel. I have traveled to 3 different countries, and visited over half of the states in the US.

Thekla Ketcher (she/her)

Junior, Chinese and Psychology Major, Digital Studies Certificate (BA, Honors in L&S)

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Languages studied: Chinese and Ancient Greek and Latin in High School

What I can share: Having studied languages for awhile and experiencing the PSEO program at UMN -Twin Cities (college in high school), I understand what it is like as a high schooler to adapt to a college environment. I can provide detailed information on the Chinese program at UW-Madison (and UMN!) and provide guidance or suggestions if anyone needs it! In addition, I can give personal experience and information on scholarships or Chinese programs during the summer if students are curious or want to learn more about it.

Fun fact about me: I have received a shoutout by Pewdiepie and met the Barstool President!

Josie Anderson (she/her)

Junior, Japanese and International Studies Major (BA, L&S)

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Languages studied: Japanese (started taking classes at UW in high school)

What I can share: My experience within the UW Japanese program, particularly how I got started early during my senior year of high school/how I realized I wanted to major in Japanese/what I love about the language and the UW program.

Fun fact about me: The instruments I can play are the Bb clarinet, Eb clarinet, A clarinet, bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet, and the piano!

Emma Kempf (she/her)

Junior, Chinese and International Studies Major, Environmental Studies Certificate (BA, L&S)

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Languages studied: Spanish and Chinese. I studied in Beijing my senior year in high school.

What I can share: Anything about studying Chinese, the Chinese major, the ALC community, and IIP (International Internship Program).

Fun fact about me: I speak Spanish.

Ethan Rupp (he/his)

Junior, Finance (BBA, Business) and Chinese Professional Communication Certificate

Languages studied: Chinese

What I can share: As someone majoring in Finance and getting a certificate in Chinese I am a great resource to anyone in the business school that maybe thinking about adding a language. At SOAR my freshman year I was told that Finance ace and Chinese would be too much and I should just focus on one or the other; and although it is a big workload it is 100% possible and I encourage people to do it!

Fun fact about me: I lived in Abu Dhabi for 8 years and sadly I still don’t know Arabic.

Amanda Goldstein (she/her)

Senior, Education Studies (BS, School of Education); Chinese Professional Communication Certificate, Global Health Certificate, L&S Honors

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Languages studied: Chinese in high school and college!

What I can share: I have truly loved all of the Asian Language and Cultural Courses taken at UW Madison, and would be happy to share my experiences in these courses, as well as balancing taking a language with other schoolwork as a college student. I have conducted an independent study with a professor in this department, which was an incredible experience, enabling my Chinese communication to vastly improve. This summer I am taking the UW Intensive Chinese Language virtual study abroad program based in Tianjin, so I am also happy to share about this experience!

Fun fact about me: I lived on a ship for 3 months last spring while studying abroad with Semester at Sea!

Ariana Zins (she/her)

Sophomore, International Studies (Global Security Emphasis) and Chinese Major (L&S)

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Languages studied: Chinese

What I can share: I am a driven student who always has a hectic schedule. With this chaos, though, comes the need of being able to balance life, school, and relationships. As a person who has struggled and grown through the challenges of balancing those aspects, I believe that I can give insight to students on study tips, scheduling tips, & a listening ear as the importance of relationship with yourself & others is just as important as grades; I’d like to say even more important than grades. Additionally, I am on the track to becoming an officer in the Air Force through ROTC. Although times management can be tough, I want to show others that you can be driven, have a lots of goals, challenge yourself, be in clubs, and still be able to learn a new language while maintaining a lifestyle. I would love to help others while they also help me in growing to be better people at UW-Madison!

Fun fact about me: I have traveled to China and lived there for a year. While there, I got to see a lot of cool cities (Shanghai, Shen Zhen, Beijing, Tokyo, etc.), eat new foods, experience the culture and gone to some of the greatest tourist attractions such as The Great Wall of China & Tiananmen Square. These experiences has given me the passion & interest for the Asian Culture as well as being a native from China.

Kelly Luu (she/her)

Senior, Asian Languages & Cultures, Nutritional Sciences Major; Certificates in Chinese Professional Communications and Global Health

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Languages studied: Chinese and French

What I can share: I am able to share my experience being a double major with STEM and the ALC department, especially since I will be attending pharmacy school.

Fun fact about me: I have been trying to read more books recently!

Erika Kay-Tsumagari (she/her)

Sophomore, Biochemistry (pre- PharmTox) and Japanese Major (BS, L&S)

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Languages studied: Japanese and Spanish

What I can share: As a freshman, I learned how to navigate a pretty busy STEM schedule and still pursue my interests in Japanese language. I am also taking a summer language course over summer 2021 and have just completed my application to study abroad in Japan for spring 2022. These are experiences that I would love to share about and help other students participate in these programs.

Fun fact about me: I have a very cute dog named Archibald 🙂

Sara Montez

Senior, Political Science; Asian Languages & Cultures – East Asian Studies (BA, L&S)

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Languages studied: Korean

What I can share: I’ve taken and finished our first through eighth semester Korean language courses, so I can answer questions about what each level of language learning is like. Additionally, I’ve tutored high school students in first year Korean so I can definitely be of help to beginners who want to know more about Korean language learning and how best to go about it. I’ve also taken most of our courses about Korea offered by the ALC department, as well as some about East Asia in general and China, so I can share class recommendations, tips for success in our classes, and my experiences in East Asian focused courses. Lastly, if students have questions about balancing language learning or an ALC major with another major (especially one in social science like Poli Sci), I’d be happy to help.

Fun fact about me: I can play 3 types of flute, alto saxophone, bassoon, and ukulele. In the future, I would love to learn violin or guitar.

Oliva Adelman (she, her)

Senior, Chinese, International Studies, and Asian Languages & Cultures – East Asian Studies (BA, L&S)

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Languages studied: Chinese

What I can share: How to best engage with your Professors and Advisors to make sure you are taking advantage of every opportunity being an ALC major has to offer.

Fun fact about me: This summer I worked as a bubble tea barista at a Taiwanese Cafe!

Shrey Shah (he, him)

Junior, Computer Science, Business Certificate, Certificate in Japanese Professional Communication (BS, L&S)

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Languages studied: English, Hindi, Gujarati, Japanese, German, Sanskrit

What I can share: I understand that the Japanese courses offered are 4 credit and it may seem difficult to invest the time and effort into language courses that you may have taken just to meet the requirement by your major. But, I can help you with some study tips and how to maximize your learning in and out of the classroom so that you can be proficient without spending extra time which may be inefficient or unnecessary.

Fun fact about me: I love watching Anime and listening to J-Pop which is how I got into learning Japanese. Feel free to share your taste with me!

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