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Madeline Strandemo

Madeline Strandemo

My name is Madeline Strandemo and I am currently a junior at the University of Minnesota and entering my second year in the Chinese Flagship program. I am pursuing a dual-degree in marketing and Asian languages & literatures. Since entering the Flagship, I have gained a great deal of valuable language and cultural experience by studying abroad in Beijing, China through the CET program and in Taipei, Taiwan through the ICLP program. After graduation, I plan to use my Chinese by working at a multinational corporation in China or Taiwan.
Xander Jarnow

Xander Jarnow

I'm Xander Jarnow, a student at the University of Minnesota and a member of the Chinese Flagship program. As a linguistics major and ROTC cadet, the Chinese language has fascinated me from both a structural and political framework. I have taken four years of Chinese at the University of Minnesota, completed two research projects within Chinese linguistics, studied abroad in Taiwan and China, and slowly realized my interest in Chinese has turned into a lifelong passion. While it’s not an easy language, the phonology, morphology, and syntax are all very fascinating; and learning Chinese is most definitely a worthwhile endeavor!
Bradford Olson

Bradford Olson

My name is Bradford Olson. I am a 5th year student pursuing a BS in mathematics and a BA in music with an applied emphasis in percussion. Outside of class, I am heavily involved in Greek life. I am the current chapter president of the Minnesota Alpha chapter of Phi Delta Theta, the Treasurer of the Gamma Psi chapter of Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity, the chairman of the Grants Committee of the Interfraternity Council, and the previous vice president of Finance of the Interfraternity Council.

After graduation, I intend to pursue a career in public service balancing my interests in politics, foreign affairs, and Mandarin. However, I also plan to continue pursuing is passion for marimba. Due to my involvement in the University of Minnesota Chinese Flagship Program, I had the opportunity to study marimba with Seoul Philharmonic Percussionist Mi-youne Kim in Seoul, South Korea and Ju Percussion Group Principal Percussionist Pei-Ching Wu in Taipei, Taiwan. I plan to use this experience, the Flagship Capstone Year, and my degrees to open a marimba studio and teach at local universities and colleges in whatever city I land.
Cameron Carlson

Cameron Carlson

大家好! My name is Cameron Carlson and I study Mandarin Chinese at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities with Chinese Flagship. Aside from studying Chinese, I also study Arabic and linguistics. When I’m not busy with my head in a book, I enjoy traveling (to East Asia and otherwise,) trying my hand at photography, and being outdoors. In the future, I plan to use my Chinese skills to become an interpreter with a non-profit organization.
Eric Suter

Eric Suter

I decided to study Mandarin Chinese because of my own competitiveness. When I first began college in 2011 I saw a large number of Chinese students moving around in masses. I lowly began to realize that no matter what I said—given that I only speak English—they would be able to understand me. However, if they were to begin speaking Chinese then I would have no conceivable idea of what they were talking about. One moment in particular stands out, I was about to register for fall semester courses and six or seven Chinese students were in the line behind me, speaking Chinese of course. As soon as I reached the desk I registered for a Chinese course.

Later on I began to realize how much of a gap there was between the US and foreign countries, particularly the eastern countries. We as a nation constantly export our opinions, beliefs, and culture. However, in comparison to other countries, we rarely embrace other cultures, or if we do it is quite a slow uptake.

I want to slowly close this gap through my travel and studies, but also through business. The business world is monopolized by western business institutions and methods. By working in the business development department of a multinational technology corporation within China I hope to develop my cultural sensitivity and intelligence while strengthening my business acumen.
Michael Wendland

Michael Wendland

I'm Michael Wendland and my majors are: chemical engineering, chemistry, and Asian languages & literatures. Through my participation in the Chinese Flagship Program, I hope to successfully combine these three interests into a future career.
Mason Williams

Mason Williams

My name is Mason Williams and I am majoring in Finance and Mandarin Chinese. The business landscape in China has always interested me, so in the future I hope to enter the consulting business or investment banking in Mainland China.
Tee Chang

Tee Chang

I am a student of the College of Liberal Arts majoring in physiology and minoring in Chinese. I have been learning Mandarin Chinese for five years and hope to excel in the language through the Chinese Flagship program. After my undergraduate study, I will attend graduate school to further study physiology.
Melissa Deng

Melissa Deng

My name is Melissa and I am a sophomore studying management information systems. I am studying Chinese to be able to communicate effectively with native speakers and gain a deeper understanding of Chinese society and culture. Through the flagship program, I hope to become proficient in business Chinese and have more opportunities for professional and personal growth.
Madeline Stockton

Madeline Stockton

My name is Madeline Stockton. I am a junior at the University of Minnesota studying supply chain and operations and Chinese language. I have been passionate about intercultural understanding since my sophomore year of high school, when I studied abroad in Germany. I decided to study Chinese because I wanted to learn a more difficult language, but I quickly came to love the cultural background and the deeply-rooted history you can encounter in studying China. After graduation, I want to work in coordinating American and Chinese supply chains. I ultimately want to put my skills to work in greening worldwide supply chains and minimizing their impact on the environment.
Martin Miller

Martin Miller

My name is Martin Miller. I am a fifth year student, pursuing a BIS in mathematics, economics, and Chinese. I love language with a passion; I speak French and Spanish. My dream would be to work as an interpreter for the UN. I am in the Flagship program because I truly wish to master Chinese, and see this as the opportunity to do so.