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Cross-Cultural Connections

Turning a Hobby into a Career Avenue

Jennifer Welch ’19 is hoping to use her engineering degree to go into the medical device industry and is well on her way, currently co-oping at Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies. The more her career path takes shape, the more she realizes that her love of Chinese language and culture — something she long considered a hobby — could be a valuable asset in her profession.

“Mandarin is becoming more and more important as the Chinese economy grows, especially as an engineer,” she said. “Engineers in the U.S. do a lot of work with China. So, I’m hoping to be able to become fluent enough to use it in my engineering profession.”

Studying in China, thanks to the generosity of Bill and Janice Anderson, moves her closer to this goal — and gives her the opportunity to make her cross-cultural learnings a lifelong venture. “Being in China, you learn the language at three times the rate you would in the classroom. Just hearing it every day, seeing it on public advertisements on buses — it makes a difference when you’re immersed in it.”

Cross-Cultural Connections

Learn how Jennifer Welch was able to immerse herself in her studies and the Chinese culture at the China Institute.

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A Life of Remarkable Survival, Success and Impact

Learn more about the incredible life of emeritus trustee Bill Anderson.

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