I was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, and attended New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, majoring in literature. During college, I read a translation of Cao Xueqin’s Dream of the Red Chamber, which began my interest in Chinese culture and language. This led me to study abroad at NYU Shanghai, where I stayed over a year. After graduation, I was inspired to become a U.S.-China Friendship Volunteer due to my interests in volunteer work, China, and education. In addition to my academic interests, I enjoy playing the bagpipes and classical piano, taking film photographs, reading novels, and spending time with my family.