Meet Our Students
Madeline StrandemoMy 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 JarnowI'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 OlsonMy 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 SuterI 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.