1. Independent Studies at Bates College: Blake Shafer '13

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    Shafer, a double major in Chinese and economics, and his classmate Tyler White created an independent study to enhance their Chinese-language skills in business settings. Their adviser was Li-ping Miao, visiting lecturer in Chinese, and they worked with the textbook "Business Chinese For Success." Shafer learned his first Chinese from an aunt who worked for the State Department, but his interest in Chinese languages and culture really ignited when he visited China through a Bates Fall Semester Abroad program.

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