Lauren Sprott, Level 2
BA, International Studies, Spelman College
Institute for International Public Policy Fellow
Before arriving at Middlebury, Lauren Sprott had already studied abroad in China. But she’s found that the intense focus provided by the Language Pledge has accelerated her Chinese dramatically. “In China, with other Americans, I always had English as a backup,” Lauren says. “At Middlebury, if I don’t know how to say it, I look it up.”
When Lauren leaves Middlebury, she’ll go back to Shanghai to intern with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. After that, she plans to work for either the Congressional Commission on China or the State Department Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs before attending graduate school to study U.S.-China relations.
Adam Goodberg, Level 1
Kathryn Davis Peace Fellow
MA, Urban Planning, University of Wisconsin
A former School of Russian student, Adam Goodberg knew that a summer in the Chinese School would quickly prepare him to live in China. "Nothing compares to the challenge and effectiveness of Middlebury. After one summer of hard work, I'm ready to move to China—what could be better than that?"
As a Kathryn Davis Peace Fellow, Adam also knows that language can open doors to meaningful, world-changing work. "After serving in the Peace Corps, I wanted badly to keep traveling and learning languages. Now that I know Russian, Chinese, and Tibetan, I plan to continue working in Eastern Europe, and now in China and the Himalayas, too. There is so much to be done, and I can't wait to get out there again."