Originally from LA, I graduated from Harvard with a degree in American History and Literature. My longstanding passion has been traveling and China in particular. I had an intense fascination with China since I was little, and I began studying Mandarin in ninth grade. I spent my freshman summer at Harvard’s Beijing Academy, and the following summer I worked for NBC as a guide and translator at the Olympics. Last summer I researched climate change at the United Nations World Food Programme in Uganda, and it was then that I decided to pursue the MPhil in Development Studies.