Andi Zhou, Yale University
I’m from the charming town of Windham, New Hampshire, just north of Boston. I love to play and write music, watch YouTube videos, and draw when I have the time.
I joined CSE because I believe positive cross-cultural exchange leads to positive political exchange. With more people than ever populating our ever-shrinking world, conflict can spark all too easily and it is our individual responsibility to turn conflicts into partnerships, to combat distrust and fear through cooperation and empathy.
Angela Shen, Princeton University
I’m a rising junior studying Economics and Political Economy at Princeton University in New Jersey. I was born and raised in Beijing, China. When I turned 8, my family moved to Canada; for the next ten years of my life, I lived in an igloo with no electricity or running water. In my free time, I enjoy lounging around, reading chick lit, and hanging out with my friends. On those rare days when I’m not feeling too lazy, I enjoy playing racket sports (tennis, badminton and ping pong), snowboarding, and horseback riding. I also have a passion for exotic foods and cheerleading.
Anne Bishop, Harvard University
I received my master’s degree in Mind, Brain and Education, at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. This past year I began a new business where I teach people about the brain. I grew up in northern California and began a Pilates studio in 2002. I came to Cambridge, MA last year and had an amazing experience with a great group of professors and students. I enjoy connecting with new cultures, traveling, and how to join ideas and people together. I first came to China last summer and taught Entrepreneurship to Chinese youth. One thing I liked best about China was the food and the excitement of seeing new people and places.
Crimson Summer Exchange is well aligned with my interests of cultural exchange and bringing different people together. I am most excited about meeting and learning from new students and sharing my educational and entrepreneurial experiences.
Anuhya Ghorakavi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
My name is Anuhya Ghorakavi and I am currently a second year student at MIT. I am studying Biology and Computer Science and am originally from Sacramento, California. In my free time I love spending time with my family and friends, taking walks, dancing, and watching movies. I love teaching, volunteering, and being a part of my local community. I decided to apply to be a CSE fellow because this program involves so many thrilling and enriching new experiences. I am so excited for this summer because my time teaching in China will expose me to many fresh opportunities and perspectives. I am thrilled to meet the students, experience the culture, and have a great time abroad while learning so much!
Ariella Kristal, Yale University
I am a rising junior at Yale University enrolled in the Ethics, Politics, and Economics program as well as studying Psychology. I was born and raised in a suburb of New York, about a half hour away from Manhattan. I love meeting people with different experiences and ideas than my own and continually learning from them. I also love to read, travel, and explore.
I’ve never been to China and CSE seemed like the perfect opportunity to have a meaningful experience abroad. Furthermore, I enjoy working with students and really value the model of informal education and I am playing around with the idea of going into education. I am most excited to meet new people and experience China for the first time.
Chloe Miller, University of Cambridge
I am an Undergraduate student at Cambridge University studying Education and Languages. I love learning languages, travelling and learning about other cultures and how people live in other parts of the world. I enjoy Yoga, cooking, painting, travelling and meeting people from other countries.
I have always wanted to experience life in China and I love teaching English as a foreign language, so this programme is a perfect opportunity for me. I am very excited to meet and work with students from world class universities in a programme which promotes teaching and learning English in an innovative and intellectually stimulating way.
Ernest Fok, Harvard University
Hey everyone! My name is Ernie and I am a California Bay Area native and a recent graduate from Harvard Graduate School of Education and the University of California Berkeley (go Bears!). I love learning about the brain and cognition, especially regarding learning, memory, and health. Other things I love include warm weather, eating out, meeting new people, going for a run, and playing tennis.
I joined the CSE program because I believe it provides a wonderful opportunity to immerse myself in an exciting new learning environment where I get to experience Chinese culture firsthand. Coming into this program, I am most excited to meet new people, see new sights, and apply what I have learned these past few years.
Gabriel Quirós Rubio, University of Cambridge
I am a first year undergraduate student reading History. I am Spanish and, before joining Cambridge University, I have been living in Germany for eight years. I feel myself European and a world citizen. I enjoy literature, to travel, tennis, to participate in debating, and hanging around with friends.
I am joining this excellent program because I am fascinated with the immense progress is taking place in China as well as the exiting prospect of meeting Chinese people. I am really looking forward to learn from and hopefully to coach and support my younger Chinese students.
Helen Wang, Yale University
Hello! My name is Helen and I hail from the San Francisco Bay Area. I love playing Ultimate Frisbee, cooking, hiking, and playing charades.
I feel so lucky to have had a teacher or mentor every year of my life (that I can remember, at least) that has made an incredible impact on my education and molded my thought process. I’m incredibly excited to be part of the Crimson Summer Exchange this summer with the chance to connect with my students in the same way, while in some of the greatest cities in the world I have yet to visit. This will be such a great teaching and learning process, as I expect to learn so much from my students about culture and more!
James Rothwell, University of Oxford
I am an English and French student from Dorset. I’m also very interested in journalism and spend much of my free time writing for the University’s student newspaper.
I am most excited about enjoying the atmosphere from Hong Kong. I am sure the program will be a fantastic experience, and we will learn a huge amount together.
Kate Browning, University of Cambridge
Hello! Although I was born in South Africa and my parents are South African, I have lived in England for most of my life and am now in my second year studying Law at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. I love sport and captain the Fitzwilliam College Ladies Hockey and Tennis teams and play squash for the college. I also enjoy mooting (a form of legal debating) and love to draw and paint in my spare time. I couldn’t live without music although don’t have enough time these days to keep up with playing the cornet and bass as I used to.
Katharine Booth, University of Cambridge
Hi! My name is Katharine, but I’m known to everyone as Katie. I’m a first year student studying Geography at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. In my spare time I love playing sport. I’ve enjoyed representing the university playing tennis, but I also find Lacrosse, Badminton and Squash a lot of fun. I’m quite an outdoor-sy person; if I’m not playing sport, my parents like taking me on long walks! In my college, I am the Vice President of our Winter Ball and I’m really excited to see the end product of the hard work done by the committee. I love listening to music when I’m working or just with friends. I have played the flute for many years now and I am currently working towards the challenge of my Diploma qualification.
Megan Smith, University of Cambridge
I’m Megan. I am an English student graduating this summer and enjoy rowing, classical music, dance and generally being creative! Having been a fellow during CSE 2011, I couldn’t wait to apply again in the hope of returning to enjoy another summer on this amazing scheme.
Nina Hemmings, University of Cambridge
I’m 19 years old and live in the beautiful city of Norwich, in England. I’m in my first year studying Archaeology and Anthropology at Fitzwilliam College. In my spare time I row for the college women’s rowing team, play badminton and go to live drawing classes. I also love reading and spending time with my friends and family. My grandparents live in Beijing, so I am particularly keen to develop my mandarin to improve our telephone conversations!
Richard Hine, University of Cambridge
My name is Richard Hine, I attend the University of Cambridge and I live in Lancashire. I love screenplay writing, film production and filmmaking. I write for other formats and occasionally perform 5-20 minute standup comedy routines. I’m a media addict and am passionate about film and television. I also enjoy reading both fiction and non-fiction (I mostly read philosophy, but partially because it’s my degree subject!)
I joined CSE because I enjoy working with children/teens, I’m fascinated with the educational process and because I have a long-standing interest in Chinese culture and have always wanted to experience it for myself.
Sandy Chan, Harvard University
Hello! My name is Sandy Chan, born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. I’m a rising sophomore at Harvard College, planning to pursue a concentration in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology and aspiring to become a pediatrician. On campus, I am involved with the Chinese Students Association, Asian American Dance Troupe, and the American Red Cross. I also love to play tennis, sing karaoke, and take long walks on a sunny day! I am excited to join this program because it encompasses all that I love: youth, teaching, and China! This will be my first time in China and I can’t wait to share this experience with the students I will be teaching and learning from!
Sarah Pine, Oxford University
I’m a second year from Oxford, currently studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics. I’m from London, where I live with my mother and sister. My passions in life are poetry, philosophy and the study of gender. I particularly like modern writers like Sylvia Plath and Adrienne Rich.
I was really excited when I heard about the CSE programme; Hong Kong and China have always amazed me. The opportunity to appreciate such a rich, successful culture appealed. It was definitely something I wanted to be a part of.
Shachi Nathdwarawala, Oxford University
Hi! I’m Shachi and I recently finished my law degree at Wadham College, Oxford University. I’m 22 years old and live in a small town in Wales, although I was born in India. I love to read, cook, travel and run.
I’m very excited to be returning to both Hong Kong and China, where I spent time as a CSE Fellow last year. This past year I’ve spent time living in Berlin and travelling in India so I’m looking forward to immersing myself in another culture again and meeting new students and Fellows.
Shivani Jethwa, University of Oxford
I am a recent graduate and have read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at University. I have been a Londoner all my life, but am of Indian origins, with a mother born in India, a father born in Kenya and family all over the world! I absolutely love travelling and discovering the differences (and similarities!) between countries. I am also pretty intrigued by different languages. My interests are quite varied, including politics, dance and food.
Victoria Glascock, University of Cambridge
My name’s Victoria and I’m currently studying English Literature at Cambridge, with a little bit of Norse and Anglo-Saxon thrown in for fun! When I’m not busy reading, you’re most likely to find me writing poetry, singing in choir, or at dance class – I’ve trained in Ballet since I was three years old, but I’m also learning Ballroom and Latin.
My other big passion is travel, and I want to see as much of the world as I can! I’m incredibly excited to be part of this exchange, as I love to learn more about different cultures – and I hope I can share some of my experiences with my students in return!
Winston Preece, University of Cambridge
I’m Winston, and currently a third year finalist at Cambridge. I’m half English, half Mauritian Chinese, and I grew up in Scotland and southern Spain. I enjoy travelling, and I’m interested in Buddhism and meditation.
Being a 21 year old going through an existential crisis, I’ve become attracted to teaching as a great way to be of some real use to society. Having my own ideas questioned and challenged also provides an excellent opportunity to learn and grow from others - I’m sure teaching in China will be fulfilling on that basis!