Senior Profiles

Sara Montez

BA, Political Science and Asian Languages & Cultures – East Asian Studies 

Interest: When I came to UW, I intended to study Korean to help support my goals in Political Science as I wanted to work in US-North Korean diplomacy. However, it only took a semester to find out that I loved learning about East Asian culture and history, leading me to branch out from only Korean language into the other offerings in our department.

Classes: The first class I took was Asian 225, Intro to East Asian Civilizations, which I loved so much that I easily decided to switch my second major from history to Asian Languages and Cultures. The most impactful class I took was Asian 600, Japanese Ghost Stories. Although my interests are more in Korea and China, this class really sparked my love for folklore and ghost stories, something I hope to carry on studying post-graduation.

Recommendations: Don’t limit yourself to classes you feel like you need to take for credit or requirements. Take what interests you, and really try to explore your interests and options within the department even if it’s outside your comfort zone!

Activities: On campus I was a member of the ALC Undergraduate council for 2 years and a peer mentor for 1. I also have spent the last 2 years tutoring students at Madison West High in Korean, which has been a fulfilling and enlightening experience!

Memories: I took our intensive second year Korean course the summer before sophomore year, and although it definitely was difficult at times, I was able to become close with some really great people. One of my best memories is going out to eat at a local Korean restaurant with some of classmates towards the end of the summer, and also the time our TA Jihye took our class to karaoke!

Future: In the future I hope to go to grad school, and will spend the summer researching and deciding on programs! As I have two very different majors that enjoy equally, I’m currently split between attending law school to pursue international law, or continuing with my ALC degree and studying Korean or Chinese folklore (specifically ghost stories/strange tales) and art history.

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Julia Nawa

BA, Asian Languages & Cultures and Japanese

Interest: I started taking Japanese classes to try and relearn Japanese so I could speak to my obaachan living in Japan. Over time, I was spending more and more time on Japanese over other classes, and I wasn’t able to take the classes I wanted to because of COVID, so I changed my major to focus on Japanese.

Classes: My first class that I took was 2nd Semester Elementary Japanese (ASIALANG 114) Though I spoke Japanese as a kid, I hadn’t spoke in about 10 year so getting a refresher in what I already knew was great! The most impactful class was Advanced Japanese: Audio/Visual Media (ASIALANG 452) because it connected my previous major, Communication Arts, and Japanese to be able to evaluate and talk about visual/audio media in an opinionated fashion!

Recommendations: Confidence is key when learning a language. It is still something I am learning, but being confident in your own skills and being an active participant in your learning is what is going to help you succeed! Believe in yourself because you’re doing great!

Activities: I’ve been a part of the Japanese Student Association’s executive board for three years! I was a part of the Communications and Social Media team before I became the External Co-President!

Memories: My biggest takeaway from being a part of the UW-Madison ALC and Japanese community is the people that I was able to meet. Being a part of JSA, I was able to outreach and connect even further with my community and I would like to think I made a difference in my time at UW. I am also extremely grateful for my senpai(s) for giving me tools and advice that really helped me to get to where I am today.

Future: As of right now, I don’t have any solid plans, but I am planning to either work in Japanese-English communication for a live entertainment company or go to graduate school to further my education to effectively be able to communicate globally!

Connect: LinkedIn

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Garrett Sprouse

BBA, Information Systems, International Business, and Risk Management & Insurance in the Business School, with certificate in Japanese Professional Communication

Interest: I originally took Japanese in high school to be in class with some friends and found that I really enjoyed it and wanted to continue studying it as well as getting my major in International Business

Classes: The first class I took in the department was E ASIAN 124 (Elementary Japanese). The most impactful class that I took was ASIALANG 376 (Japanese Conversation) even though it was online due to the pandemic I learned a lot of valuable lessons and got lots of practice to improve my Japanese speaking ability.

Recommendations: If you are at all interested in taking something within the ALC just go for it. Helping expand your perspective by taking a foreign language and learning about a new culture is an invaluable skill in our ever evolving world and all of the staff within the ALC are more than willing to help you with whatever you may come to them with.

Activities: I worked at Carson’s market for all four years here on campus. I began as a team member but I have been a student shift lead since fall 2020. I have also been an officer in the anime club for the last year and have been a regular member of the RMIS (Risk Management and Insurance Society) since I added it as a major.

Memories: Even when I would be stressed out about other classes, work, etc. I always enjoyed coming in to all of my Japanese classes. Taking a number of classes with the same people throughout my time in the program really helped to build a sense of community that I missed in some of my other larger programs.

Future: I am currently looking for jobs now and am planning to take some time off immediately after graduation. Once I get going again I am planning on getting into insurance underwriting of IT consulting and want to work for a global company so that I can eventually start working with a global team at some point and maybe get to travel.

Connect: LinkedIn

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Kelly Luu

BS, Nutritional Sciences in the College of Agriculture & Life Science, with an additional major in Asian Languages & Cultures, and certificates in Global Health and Chinese Professional Communication

Interest: I wanted to work on my Chinese skills and take classes that helped me learn about my cultural background.

Classes: Third Semester Chinese and Introduction to East Asian Studies. Most impactful: Southeast Asian Refugees of the Cold War.

Recommendations: The department has such a wide breadth of different courses you can take, so there is definitely something that will spark your interest! Take advantage of the opportunity to take classes in a whole department dedicated to Asian Studies, especially my education prior to college lacked representation about Asian countries and culture.

Activities: alpha Kappa Delta Phi, Vietnamese Student Association, Union of Vietnamese Student Associations – Midwest, Worked as a pharmacy technician

Memories: All of the Chinese classes I have taken

Future: I will be pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

Connect: LinkedIn

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Daryan Schultz

BA, Asian Languages & Cultures and Japanese, with certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language

Interest: My interest in Japan started when I was still in elementary school, which eventually led me to studying abroad in Japan for a year as a high schooler. After I studied abroad, I couldn’t see myself studying anything else so that’s what led me to my decision to major in Japanese, and then also East Asian Studies here at UW Madison.

Classes: My first semester I was in a FIG that dealt with Japan, and because of that my first semester here was full of classes in the ALC department and they all impacted onto me that is just how much is there is to learn about this area of study, and also the passion of those instructors. I didn’t grow up with many people enjoying the same things I did, so when I first got to UW Madison and took classes taught by people and with people who loved the same things I did it felt amazing.

Recommendations: Just try it out! There are thankfully so many classes that overlap with your gen eds, you can really get a feel for what you’re getting into before you commit.

Activities: I was in Nihongo House within International Learning Community my first two years of school, and also participated in many JSA events over my time here at UW Madison.

Memories: A memory I will take with me from being part of the UW-Madison ALC/Chinese/Japanese community is from the summer between my freshmen and sophomore year (summer 2019) when I took the intensive summer Japanese courses. Although the class schedule was tough, I made so many friends and acquaintances in those classes that I ran into again and again throughout the years in different ALC related classes. It really helped build a sense of community within the program for me, and we all suffered through those 8 weeks together which was super fun and challenging.

Future: I will be moving to Chiba, Japan this August to start my job as a ALT with the Wisconsin-Chiba ALT program. After teaching for a few years I hope to go back to grad school for TESOL or perhaps Library and Information Sciences.

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Amanda Goldstein

BSES, Education Studies, School of Education, with Global Health and Chinese Professional Communication certificates

Interest: I took Mandarin in high school and was always fascinated in learning another language and culture, so continuing to study Chinese in college seemed like an amazing choice! At first I was nervous the classes would be too difficult, so I didn’t sign up freshmen year. However, when sophomore year came around, I knew I needed to take Chinese and I am so glad I did! With the support of all of my classmates and professors, taking Chinese was definitely doable and not frightening at all!

Classes: The first class I took was first semester Chinese. I remember watching a video in Mandarin about making friends and the professor had our whole class sing along. It was super cute! This class was just good vibes all around, and every day in class I would be smiling and laughing along while studying and improving my Chinese communication skills.

Recommendations: You should 100% do it! Earning a certificate in the ALC department was one of the best college decisions I’ve ever made and made my college experience so much more fun! Asides from having an amazing time in all of these classes, they’ve truly came to benefit me in all of my graduate school/job searching endeavors. It’s usually one of the first things an employer will ask me about when they see on my resume. I would also be more than happy to talk about my experiences with any incoming freshmen who is considering 🙂

Activities: During my junior and senior year of college, I worked at Mansfield Hall, which is a residential building for diverse college students. I learned so much about different students needs in college, which then came to support my own academic experience!

Memories: I will take away the memory of forming strong friendships in the department with students and faculty alike!

Future: I am excited to share that I will be moving to Chicago in August to attend Rush University and receive my masters in Speech-Language Pathology!

Connect: LinkedIn

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Andrea Francesca

BBA, Marketing, School of Business with an additional major in Chinese

Interest: As an Indonesian of Chinese descent, I’ve always had an interest in Chinese. I enjoyed practicing Chinese with my grandma and I studied Chinese in middle and high school too. I never got to learn the foundation for Chinese very well during middle and high school, so I wanted to take the opportunity at UW to build the proper foundations.

Classes: Chinese 1 with Zhang Tianlu laoshi is the first class I remember in the department. It really set the tone for the rest of the Chinese classes at UW. I truly felt that the Chinese department is very welcoming and Chinese classes feel like home to me more than other classes of other departments. I think ASIALANG 378: Chinese Conversation was the most impactful class for me. I wasn’t a very strong Chinese speaker, but this class pushed me to be more confident in delivering presentations in Chinese and talk about various topics.

Recommendations: Take the opportunity to immerse yourself in the language beyond the classroom, you’ll find yourself learning more and enjoying the language you’re learning even more. I personally love watching Chinese dramas because I learn a lot of colloquial words and also understand how words I learned in class are used in the daily/media context. If you have another major aside from any language major, make sure each of your semesters have a mix of both your main major + the language major. It keeps things fun!

Activities: I have been working for Rachel Weiss these past two semesters as the ALC social media intern and I learned a lot through this internship by familiarizing myself with social media, design, and e-mail marketing. This helped me with my digital marketing courses.

Memories: In the start of the pandemic at summer 2020, I was stuck in Madison and couldn’t go back to Jakarta, my hometown. I spent that summer taking 3rd and 4th Chinese and a Chinese literature class. Those classes allowed me to meet my classmates everyday for a few hours for partner work, and I made meaningful conversations with different people that summer.

Future: I will be spending about a year or so in the US to find a job relating to my major in Marketing. Even if I will be mostly focusing on my career in business/marketing for these next few years, I hope to find time to study Chinese in China someday!

Connect: LinkedIn

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Dominic Ritacco

BS, Biochemistry, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, with an additional major in Chinese

Interest: I was fortunate enough that my school district began teaching foreign languages starting in sixth grade. I decided to learn Chinese since it was so different than English and I knew it would be a great skill to have. I was immediately enthralled with Chinese languages and cultures and continued to take classes throughout high school and into college.

Classes: I vividly remember that the first class of my college career was E Asian 201. Before class, I was nervous because I didn’t know anyone in the program; however, almost immediately my classmates introduced themselves and we all quickly became friends. Even into Senior year, I continue to talk to and take classes with some of the friends I met in that class.

Recommendations: I could not recommend taking Asian Languages and Cultures classes enough. The instructors are extremely nice and they all want you to succeed. Explore as much as you can!

Activities: I attended Chinese tables hosted by CLACC, and some of their other amazing events. I lived in the Biohouse learning community my Freshman year and was also involved with Badger Volunteers.

Memories: It is hard to narrow down one specific memory because I had so many within the ALC community. However, one thing I will never forget was that on Friday mornings in my conversational Chinese course, our whole class, including our TA would start off with Tai-chi or other Chinese mediations.

Future: Next year I will be attending Columbia University’s Microbiology and Immunology PhD program. I hope to pursue a career in research and utilize both my Biochemistry and Chinese majors!

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Reena Samuel

BA, Chinese and Economics major, College of Letters & Science

Interest: I’ve always wanted a career in international trade and taking Chinese Language seemed like the best option!

Classes: My first class was ASIALANG 101 with Tianlu Zhang!! I loved her energy and commitment to teaching us Chinese!! Seeing so many of my peers become excited to learn encouraged me to as well.

Recommendations: Learning a language is tough but so rewarding. You got this!

Memories: Participating in the Tianjin Summer Intensive Program was a blast. It felt like language immersion.

Future: I hope to continue my studies of Chinese and obtain a job in which I can communicate with Chinese people often.

Connect: LinkedIn

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Christy Zheng

BS, Asian Languages & Cultures – Honors in the major, Biology, Honors in the Liberal Science, with certificates in Chinese Professional Communication, Asian American Studies, Biocore Curriculum Honors, College of Letters & Science

Interest: I was interested in studying an Asian Languages & Culture in college because I was never given the opportunity to do so prior to coming to Madison. I wanted to learn more about my own language and culture in a classroom with professors who were expert in this field.

Classes: The first class I remember was learning Chinese in ASIALANG 101 with Zhang Laoshi. It was the most impactful experience I had because it taught me that learning a language can be hard but so enjoyable when you’re learning with your peers and friends. Zhang Laoshi and my classmates inspired me to continue learning and practicing Chinese.

Recommendations: Try anything! Rather you have some or a lot of interest in studying Asian Languages and Cultures, you’ll be surprised how much you’ll learn and love about a major or certificate in the ALC department.

Activities: Chinese Language and Culture Club

Memories: All of the memories, happy tears, and laughs about learning Chinese in this community with friends, peers, and instructors.

Future: In the future, I hope to continue practicing Chinese and using my knowledge in anything I pursue.

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Ben Krongard

BS, Education Studies, School of Education with additional majors in Chinese and History

Interest: I studied Mandarin in high school and figured I would take the placement test and try out at least one class in college. I really enjoyed my experience in that class and decided to keep studying it throughout college.

Classes: Second semester Chinese, just getting the chance to learn the language every day and being in such a small class with people that all cared about learning made it a really fulfilling and enjoyable experience.

Recommendations: Take a class and see if you like it! While I have no plans to use my Chinese language skills directly next year, I have zero regrets about studying the language and the culture. I have met so many great people, have felt challenged by the language, and at times overwhelmed, but ultimately it has been so satisfying to slowly make progress and learn so much about Chinese language and culture.

Activities: I played on the men’s soccer team and worked for a little bit at Four Lakes dining hall.

Memories: I remember my sophomore year my whole 3rd semester Chinese class went to taste of Sichuan together, it introduced me to a restaurant I’ve come to love and I had so much fun seeing my teachers and classmates outside of our normal classroom setting.

Future: I would like to teach history in the future, but if it is possible I would love to teach Chinese also!

Connect: LinkedIn

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Genevieve Connell

BA, Chinese, French, International Studies, with certificates in Development Economics, East Asian Studies, and European Studies, College of Letters & Science

Interest: I first started learning Chinese when I was in high school and was immediately fascinated with the language and the culture. I wanted to know more, and I was very moved my my high school teacher who majored in Chinese at UW.

Classes: First semester Chinese was one of the very first classes I took in college and the staff and faculty was the absolute best. The teaching staff was wonderful!

Recommendations: Chinese is an extremely important language to learn. Although it’s very difficult to reach fluency in it, it is a lifelong path to go down, and it never gets boring. It also looks really good on a résumé.

Activities: I worked as well as participated in a variety of school sports and academic clubs including Chinese table each Friday. That was a great way to become closer with my classmates and friends within the department.

Memories: Big Zhang laoshi’s hearty laugh that would shake his shoulders. He recently retired after a long and meaningful 20 years running the department. Evening Chinese lectures were long and sometimes hard to endure especially during a rough week, but Zhang Laoshi never failed to make us laugh.

Future: I would really like to teach English abroad in China and in the future work in the Foreign Service to improve diplomatic relations between China and the US.

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Elaina Radden

BA, Asian Languages & Cultures – East Asian Studies, with certificate in Japanese Professional Communication, College of Letters & Science

Interest: I studied Japanese language in high school and taught myself Korean during that time as well and really fell in love with both languages. As I learned more about those cultures, I became enamored with East Asian cinema and music in particular and wanted to pursue some kind of East Asian focused major in college. So once I got into UW I enrolled in as many culture, history, art history, literature, and other associated classes as I could. Studying at UW has deepened a love for East Asia that was only blossoming when I first came to Madison.

Classes: Japanese 124, I think. It was an elementary Japanese class where I ended up meeting one of my closest friends and got to know a lot of people in the same major.

Recommendations: Don’t be afraid to ask questions or talk to your professors or TAs. The faculty in the ALC department are by far some of the easiest people to talk to in any department in my opinion. Your love of all things Asian culture, language, etc. are shared if not lived and breathed by your professors and TAs. Rachel Weiss is a super chill advisor, too.

Activities: I wasn’t a part of many organizations or clubs, but I worked and interned a lot. Over these last 4 years I spent a good portion of my time working at the Chazen Museum of Art as a Visitor Services Assistant. While there I made lots of friends, learned so much about art, history, and the community, and came to realize that I am obsessed with Japanese Ukiyo-e. I even got to momentarily work on translating some Ukiyo-e prints that came to the museum; the Suikoden series by Yoshitoshi. Aside from working, I interned at 2 Japanese companies: Asterism Healthcare and JR Central. I did also land an internship with ANA but it was canceled due to COVID. The internships that I did end up doing were both virtual and had me doing everything from translation, communications, marketing, and PR. It was a great way to experience Japanese business culture and apply my skills gained in the classroom.

Memories: In my first 2 years I lived in the Japanese language house, which is one of the many language houses in the Adam’s dormitory. While there I met so many friends who were in the same major and/or classes as me. We went to events together, spoke Japanese together, and supported one another. I remember when I was a freshman I entered the Japanese speech contest and lots of my friends from the Japanese house came to support me. While I didn’t win, I received so much support from the professors and TA’s who were there, as well as my friends. It’s an embarrassing but great memory.

Future: My dream is to live and work in either Japan or Korea. For now, I am planning to go to Japan after graduation. I want to keep studying for another year or so, and then apply for jobs in both Japan and Korea. I am really interested in administration and am eyeing some jobs in the government sector as well.

Connect: LinkedIn

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Nils Peterson

BA, Chinese and History, College of Letters & Science

Interest: I became fascinated with Chinese history and the language classes naturally followed.

Classes: When it was my turn to speak in virtual first semester Chinese, my building’s fire alarm went off and I had to evacuate.

Recommendations: I made some of my closest friends through taking Chinese classes and studying East Asia. It is a lot of work but well worth studying such as fascinating part of the world!

Activities: I served as an editor for the Wisconsin International Review and wrote several articles for the publication. In addition, I interned at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, focusing on Chinese foreign policy.

Memories: I will always remember seeing my classmates faces for the first time without a mask. The sense of community in the ALC over the pandemic will be a lasting memory.

Future: I hope to work on United States foreign policy, with a focus on China. After the pandemic abates, it would be great to spend time studying in China and Taiwan.

Connect: LinkedIn

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Xinya Wang

BS, Asian Languages & Cultures – East Asian Studies and Economics, College of Letters & Science

Interest: Love K-pop.

Classes: ASIALANG 105, and was determined to declare the major.

Recommendations: It’s worth a try!

Activities: UNICEF.

Memories: Patient professors, and nice classmates.

Future: Graduate School.

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Margaret Hope

BA, Asian Languages & Cultures, with French certificate, College of Letters & Science

Interest: I have always loved learning about other cultures and other languages more than anything. I have loved East Asian culture since I was incredibly young and have always enjoyed learning about the music, history, and pop culture of these countries.

Classes: My first class that I remembered was definitely my 3rd Semester Korean course (ASIALANG 205) and the most impactful class was definitely my ASIAN 300 Class on Korean Pop Culture.

Recommendations: I would say that East Asian Languages are hard, so you have to work extremely hard to progress.

Activities: Despite being in the Korean Flagship program for only one year, it was extremely helpful in my college experience because it gave me a chance to form stronger relationships with the professors in my department.

Memories: I will definitely cherish the friends that I have been able to meet and bond with over our mutual stress and triumphs in our classes.

Future: I hope to teach in Korea after I graduate and after that, I hope to get a job helping global companies communicate with each other or maybe someday work for the Olympic committee.

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Josie Anderson

BA, Japanese and International Studies, College of Letters & Science

Interest: I was able to take Japanese language classes at my high school and briefly travel to Japan to stay with a host family, which further encouraged my growing interest in learning Japanese before I started college. Once I discovered that UW-Madison offers a Japanese program, I knew that I wanted to keep studying Japanese in college here. I realized that I wanted to pursue Japanese language learning on a deeper level and major in Japanese soon after I began taking Japanese classes here at UW-Madison. 🙂

Classes: The first ALC class that I took was First Semester Japanese. I felt that it added to my previous beginner Japanese knowledge from high school and solidified my foundational Japanese skills. The class included a mini speech contest near the end of the semester, which was a very new experience for me since I had never written and presented a speech in Japanese before.

Recommendations: I would strongly recommend taking at least one of the many amazing classes offered in the department – you can’t go wrong! All of the faculty are so wonderful and supportive, and I have learned a lot of valuable knowledge and skills from all of the classes I have been able to take as a Japanese major.

Activities: This year I volunteered as an ALC Peer Mentor, and also tutored a Madison-area middle school student and high school student online in Japanese. This year and last year, I participated in a few different Japanese/English conversation time events that were held both online and in person. Last summer, I completed an internship through the International Internship Program and worked as a virtual Japanese translation intern for a Japanese nutraceutical company. I worked at Union South during the 2020-21 school year, and the year before that I worked at the Babcock Hall Dairy Store. I have also participated in a handful of events hosted by JSA (the Japanese Student Association). All of these various activities have greatly enriched my undergraduate student experience.

Memories: I have gained a lot of special memories that I will always cherish, and one of these memories that I will take with me is of going to the Schuster’s Haunted Forest JSA event last October and having a great time getting spooked with friends.

Future: My first step in my post-graduation plan is to teach English in a high school in Chiba Prefecture, Japan as an Assistant Language Teacher starting later this summer. After at least one year of working as an ALT in Japan through the Chiba-WI ALT Program, I plan on pursuing Japanese translation work.

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Nathaniel English

BA, Japanese and History, with certificates in Studio Art and Game Design, College of Letters & Science

Interest: Before coming to Madison, I knew that I wanted to try and study a language at the university. After considering the available options, I decided to try out an entry level Japanese course since I wanted to challenge myself with something new and believed that it fit well within my interests.

Classes: My first class with the ALC was First Semester Japanese. Despite the fact there were a great number of students in my lecture hour, I still felt like my professor and the course’s assistant instructors gave me an excellent amount of attention and help.

Recommendations: Personally, I would want to recommend trying a language course. I believe that the programs available at UW-Madison are stellar, and offer a great number of opportunities to become more interested in the outside world.

Activities: I lived in the International Learning Community for two years, and the ILC’s Japanese House for one. Aside from just deciding on where I lived on-campus, participating in the ILC allowed me to take exclusive classes and participate in special events, which I greatly appreciated.

Memories: I specifically remember one of my classmates from my first semester language course volunteering me to participate in a special video project that was not being graded. Since we were the only two students working on this assignment, I felt like I was stepping out of my comfort zone in a good way, even though I did not have much Japanese experience at the time.

Future: At the end of this summer I will be going to Chiba Prefecture to work as an Assistant Language Teacher in a Japanese high-school. I am excited by the idea of being able to help students in a similar way that my TAs have helped me over the past few years.

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Vivienne Wooldridge

BSE, Elementary Education, School of Education, with an additional major in Chinese, and East Asian Studies certificate

Interest: I’ve been taking Chinese classes since I was in elementary school, and wanted to continue growing my Chinese skills at UW. I’m hoping to use my skills to become a Chinese teacher and/or live abroad!

Classes: My first class in the ALC department was 5th semester Chinese, and my most impactful class was Introduction to East Asian Civilizations, because I learned so much valuable and contextual information about East Asian history. I also loved the class Queer Asia!

Recommendations: Go for it! The ALC has tons of amazing classes to choose from with lots of super interesting topics. And if you’re interested in languages, the ALC language classes are amazing! I have learned and grown so much through these classes.

Activities: This past year, I have been the ALC Chinese peer tutor, which has helped me keep up with my Chinese even after I’ve already finished taking classes for my Chinese major. I was also an intern for Guangwai-Pacelli High School in Guangzhou, where I advised Chinese high schoolers on going to college abroad. I found this opportunity through UW’s International Internship Program! In my freshman year, I also participated in the annual Midwest University Chinese Speech Contest, which helped me grow so much as a Chinese learner. One program that has also supported me in my studies is the Wisconsin International Scholars Program, which has pushed me to be a more globally-minded person.

Memories: Tianlu Zhang and Rachel Weiss have both been so supportive during my time at UW. Zhang Laoshi was so thoughtful and caring as a professor, especially as we have gone through the pandemic. She is an amazing professor! Rachel has shown and given me so many opportunities at UW and beyond, and I am so thankful for her guidance and support.

Future: After graduation, I will be going to Taiwan for a year to teach English through the Fulbright program. Once I come back from Taiwan, I would love to teach at a Chinese immersion school somewhere in the US!

Connect: LinkedIn

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Add Your Profile

Congratulations to the graduating class of 2022! We are extremely proud of our graduates. As you can see from their profiles, the future looks bright for these Badgers, and the world.

On, Wisconsin!

We asked all our seniors to reflect on these questions to create their senior profiles:

  1. How did you get interested in studying an Asian Language & Culture in college?
  2. What was your first class that you remember in our department, and what was most impactful?
  3. What would you say to an incoming freshman exploring a major or certificate in the ALC department?
  4. What activities were you involved with on campus that supported your academic experiences in the classroom (ie student orgs, clubs, internships, volunteering, jobs)?
  5. What is a memory that you will take with you from being a part of the UW-Madison ALC / Chinese / Japanese community?
  6. What are your hopes, plans, and dreams for the future?

Are you graduating? Want to add your profile? Please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/TXdn5S2auqbd1JXg8

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