Jessica Dipietro is a recipient of the Academic Year 2014-2015 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.
As an International Relations – China Studies MA student, the FLAS I received from the Center for Global Studies gave me the chance to travel abroad to Chengdu, China for a two and a half month immersion program. From this experience I have felt innumerable benefits relating to my language study, subject of specialization, and personal experience. Gaining a level of conversational proficiency in Chinese also allowed me to continue on to the next language level at UW with a degree of confidence and a renewed vigor. Because of this opportunity, I am able to better understand core concepts of Chinese culture that are so deeply intertwined in history and language. These concepts have become a part of my continued pursuit of Area Studies and will be integral in both academic and professional opportunities in the future.