Let me introduce myself – my name is Amy Krill, a UW-Madison (soon to be) super-senior majoring in Communication Arts, and this summer I will be studying second-year Chinese in Tianjin, China!
The program is a 12-credit intensive language program covering 2 semesters of Chinese language in a short 11-weeks. This being said, I am embracing the idea that I may be completely overwhelmed this summer… I know that no matter how difficult it is at the time, the summer will just fly by!
So, why China, you ask?
Well, unlike many students who choose to study abroad because of their cultural heritage or family connection to the place, I have no direct connection to China… only my curiosity to learn more and experience a place that is exotic in so many ways!
Although learning Chinese has been one of my biggest struggles, (as learning a language takes extreme perseverance and dedication), I want to go all out with the experience and become immersed in Chinese culture, and see what happens! I love taking on a challenge, and I am SO EXCITED to open my eyes to the unfamiliar and grow in my understanding of people and culture. One year ago, I never would have thought I would be going to China this summer, so it is my hope to inspire others to take the leap and go experience the world, especially my younger sisters who I believe can accomplish their many dreams. My biggest wish is to be a great role model for them and show everyone that “if Amy can do it, so can I!”
So prepare yourselves for an adventure… (Drum-roll, please!)… China here I come!