Tessa Frederick is a recipient of the Academic Year 2016-2017 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship. The award provides undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students with financial support to develop fluency in less commonly taught languages (LCTLs) and expertise in the regions in which these languages are spoken. Every year the Center for Global Studies awards between 12-15 fellowships to UW students. Click here to learn more.
I am a first-year Master’s of China Studies student at the University of Washington, and am interested in studying the impact of globalization on identity development in China. I studied Mandarin as a concentration in my undergraduate degree in Global Security and Intelligence Studies at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, but knew that I wanted to maintain language study as an integral part of my Master’s degree so that I could continue to refine my skills. With the support of the FLAS, I am able to polish my language skills so that I may perform research and interact with others using Chinese at a higher level than I have before. This opportunity will aid me significantly in achieving my career and academic goals, and I look forward to the academic and professional opportunities ahead of me.