Lucille Holmes-Anderson is a recipient of the Academic Year 2020-2021 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. Click here to learn more.
I am an undergraduate student majoring in International Studies with a focus on international human rights. After receiving my Associate degree in 2014 I chose to join the workforce rather than immediately pursue my Bachelor’s. I spent a year serving in AmeriCorps NCCC and until last year I was working as a partner relations manager in the gaming industry, where I frequently travelled internationally for my role. I chose to return to school with the goal of ultimately pursuing a law degree in order to channel my passions for law and policy into a career serving others, ideally via environmental or immigration law.
My previous jobs gave me first-hand experience as to why cultural humility and adaptability are so useful. Not only are these valuable skills to have professionally, but they also help you to better listen to, communicate with, and understand the people that you encounter in work and life in general. I’m passionate about developing these traits within myself, and the FLASfellowship is a major opportunity that’s enabling me to focus on these goals through my study of Mandarin Chinese. It has also given me the resources to pursue research opportunities through the UW, and I am currently preparing to work on a research project related to discrimination against immigrants in the US, which I will be carrying out during the coming year.
After graduating UW I plan to pursue my law degree and to continue studying Mandarin in my post-graduate life.