Alex Rawitz, Stanford University
Hello! My name is Alex Rawitz. I’m a native New Yorker and rising junior at Stanford University majoring in English while minoring in Chinese. When I can find the time, my hobbies include fiction writing, playing/watching basketball (go Knicks!), reading, and trying new foods. I’m very excited to join CSE because it offers an incredible opportunity for cultural exchange, and a chance to teach and learn in one of the most amazing places on earth. I can’t wait to meet my students and explore Hong Kong!
EC Topic: How to Speak Like a Leader
Angela Shen, Princeton University
Hi everyone! I’m a 2014 graduate of Princeton, where I received a degree in Economics and a certificate in Political Economy. I’ve spent roughly 21 years of my life living between China, Canada and the United States, and the other year globetrotting. This is my third time participating the CSE Program (I was a fellow in 2011 and 2012), and I couldn’t be more excited to be back! The learning process truly never stops, and I am really keen to meet new people and gain new experiences this summer. I love puppies, rainbows, and a million other things--feel free to browse my bio from years past to find out more about my interests.
EC Topic: Ethical Living and Charitable Giving
Ben Szreter, University of Oxford
Hello, my name is Ben and I am a 2nd year student at Wadham College, Oxford. I am studying for a degree in History at Oxford. I was born and brought up in Cambridge, a city fairly similar to Oxford because of its famous university which has many beautiful buildings. I am a sporty person and play football for Oxford University as well as sports such as tennis in my leisure time. I also like writing and have been a section editor for one of the Oxford University student newspapers. I am really looking forward to my time with the Crimson Summer Exchange!
EC Topic: Roles in Society
Eileen Wong, Columbia University
Hello! I am a rising sophomore studying Political Science, Human Rights, and Business Management. I was born and raised in the beautiful city of Vancouver, Canada, then went to school in Exeter, New Hampshire, for two years, and now I live in New York City! At Columbia, I serve on the board of the Asian American Alliance, am a lead editor for the Undergraduate Law Review, and teach debate in public high schools around the city! In my free time, I love exploring New York, running outdoors, trying new ethnic foods, and filling up my scrapbook with drawings and photographs.
EC Topic: Formulating an Argument: Understanding the Basic Outline and Logic of Case Structure
Grace Carroll, University of Cambridge
Hi! I'm Grace, a third year Student at Cambridge University studying Sociology, International Relations and Politics. I’m from Manchester, a city in the north of England that is famous for football, which I also love to play for my college team in my spare time! I also like watching movies, reading and debating and have an interest in world affairs. I took part in the Crimson Exchange in Summer 2013 and really enjoyed my time there, meeting many great students and seeing some amazing sights, which drove me to re-apply this year. I'm excited to get to know my teaching group and see more of Asia this summer!
EC Topic: Aesop's Fables
Kaitlin Flavin, Harvard Graduate School of Education
I am from a coastal town in Massachusetts. I earned my Master’s degree in neuroscience and education at Harvard. As an undergraduate, I earned dual degrees in biology and psychology. During college, I did domestic exchange twice to the University of Hawai`i and fell in love with these unique islands and their culture. I enjoy meeting new friends and keeping in touch with old ones. I also like taking pictures, science, and the beach!
I wanted to join this program because I believe in its mission. Last year, I was a 2013 CSE Fellow, and my students and I each learned a lot from each other. I am most excited about meeting my students and making new friends.
EC Topic: Leadersship and Effective Communication
Kaitlin Griswold, Columbia University
Hello! My name is Kaitlin Griswold, and I’m currently a first-year graduate student at Teachers College, Columbia University, where I’m studying Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and Applied Linguistics. I was born and raised in San Diego, but I fell in love with the East Coast after living and studying in Washington, D.C.—while attending the George Washington University and basically living next to the Obamas for four years, I obtained my Bachelors degree in Political Science. When I’m not studying or student teaching, I work at a coffee house in New York City. I also love exploring museums, listening to podcasts, going to concerts, eating pizza, and getting lost in this slightly-daunting, mostly-crazy city. I am extremely excited to meet all of you and experience a bit of what China and Hong Kong have to offer!
EC Topic: Preventable Diseases
Laura Pugh, The University of Cambridge
Hi! I’m Laura. I live in Hertfordshire, on the outskirts of London. I’m studying English Literature at Cambridge and am now in my third and final year. In my free time, I sing in Cambridge Gospel Choir and write theatre reviews for the student newspapers. I am also involved in lots of schemes that aim to encourage higher education, which mainly means giving presentations about university life and chatting with prospective students. I love travelling, and am really looking forward to coming to Asia for the first time, seeing China and meeting people from all over the world!
EC Topic: The Gothic Genre: Spooky Settings!
Hi there! I am a rising junior at Columbia University in New York City, studying East Asian Languages and Cultures and Linguistics. I grew up all over the Northeastern United States, but right now I call Connecticut my home. I love performing (I am in a Shakespeare troupe at school), biking, learning languages and exploring new places.
I am so excited to be a part of CSE this summer! I can’t wait to share a part of my culture while exploring Hong Kong and China with my students.
EC Topic: Shakespeare and His Influences
My name is Lucy and I am from London. I am a student at Wadham College, Oxford University, where I study English Literature and Language and I am in my second year. I enjoy my course because to me, it is all about studying people and relationships, which I find extremely interesting. When I am not studying for my degree, I enjoy singing and performing in my acapella group or acting in various student plays. I am also heavily involved in Oxford University Student Union’s Women’s Campaign as the Women’s Campaign Officer. Finally, I love to read, cook, knit and travel.
EC Topic: Search For My Tongue: Blending Cluture and Language in Poetry
Mallory Massie, Columbia University
Hi! My name is Mallory and I am currently completing my MA at Teachers College, Columbia University where I’m studying TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Originally from San Francisco, California, I now live in busy and bustling New York City. My passion for education has taken me all over the world to teach in places like Vietnam, Argentina, and even the Peruvian Amazon. My interests include traveling, learning new languages, and exploring the outdoors. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, doing yoga, and writing poetry and short stories.
EC Topic: Defining Heroes Across Cultures
I'm a third-year student at Clare College, Cambridge, studying French and Spanish. My hometown is Manchester, in the North of England, but at the moment I live in Paris, working at the École Normale Supérieure. I love to read and write, and I'm sure CSE will be a fantastic experience.
Can't wait to meet you all!
EC Topic: Damming the Amazon
EC Topic: How Rap and Poetry Can Make You A Better Speaker
Neethu Mariam, University of Cambridge
Hello! I’m Neethu and I’m a second year medical student at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. I was born in India and since, have lived in tourist hot-spots close to Dubai before moving to the cooler lands of Birmingham, UK! In my spare time, I dance both competitively and recreationally. I also like to unwind by painting and sketching, eating out, going to the theatre and travelling.
CSE appealed to me as I have enjoyed tutoring in the past and it looked like a great way to meet new people and see new places!
EC Topic: The Cost of Fast Food
Priscilla Yeung, Princeton University
I am a rising sophomore majoring in Politics at Princeton University. I am originally from Hong Kong and was in fact a participant in CSE 2011. My academic interests range from computer science to literature (I am currently taking a class on fairy tales) but outside of the classroom, I sing for the Chapel Choir and translates for non-profits through the Princeton University Language Project. I also enjoy reading, traveling and eating (or missing Hong Kong food!) I could not be more thrilled about coming home, meeting this year’s CSE students and impacting them in the same way CSE 2011 impacted me.
EC Topic: International Development
Stephanie Richards, Cambridge University
Greetings from Blackpool in the United Kingdom! I have just graduated from Cambridge University studying Land Economy. I have a passion for both the natural and built environment and will be starting my masters in Urban Planning in 2015 after spending this coming year immersing myself in the culture of Japan.
This is my second year doing CSE, I had such an amazing experience last year debating with students, experiencing the culture and creating memories that will last a lifetime I just had to come back! I look forward to meeting you all and the memories we will create.
EC Topic: Cities by Design