Hometown:  Boston, Massachusetts

Major: International politics and economics; Chinese

Main extracurricular activities: A cappella, RISE (Research and Investment in Sustainable Equity), club tennis

Why did you choose to attend Middlebury? I chose Middlebury for its academics. I knew I wanted to study international affairs in college and felt that Middlebury’s combination of rigorous small classes and fantastic resources beyond the classroom were unparalleled in my college search process. I also completely fell in love with the campus when I visited and love Middlebury’s culture of enjoying the outdoors here in Vermont.

What did you do with your Febmester? During my Febmester I worked at a cancer research institute in Boston for two months, lived and worked in Bangkok, Thailand for 3 months and then came home to cap it off with 2 months as a barista at a coffeeshop.

Is there a J-term experience that stands out as especially memorable, or perhaps a course offering or research opportunity that jumps out? My favorite J-term class so far has been Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. However, my favorite J-term memory (and tradition) is hiking the Middlebury Snow Bowl at 5 a.m., watching the sunrise, skiing down, and then heading to class by 8 a.m.

Favorite Vermont spot? Just about any river that you can swim in in the area is irresistible to me on a hot afternoon in the early fall. My favorites include jumping into the Bristol waterfall and the Middlebury Gorge.

One fun fact about you or unknown talent you have: I had a short but thrilling career as a baby model between the ages of three and four.