What interested you about the major?
I started Chinese since the first semester and went abroad to Beijing my Junior year. Chinese at Bowdoin had prepared me well for my semester abroad in Beijing and greatly assisted me with my HSK exam level 5. With better command of Chinese, I was able to read literature and watch Chinese TV programs and news; and with such opportunities I was able to better understand the politics, history, and the mindsets of my grandparents whom I had lived with throughout my childhood. To me, learning Chinese is not only something I do for the sake of comprehension of the language, but also for the understanding of my heritage.