Bowling Green native Andy Erickson spent nearly the entire last year of his life in a foreign country thousands of miles away; this accomplishment is something few ever get the opportunity to do. As a result of his time in China, Erickson developed his love for eastern Asia and its language, but also identified a passion of his that had gone undiscovered.
The Louis and Clark College student left for China the first of September last year, only to return last week. Throughout the normal academic year Erickson dedicated himself to studies. The rest of the year was spent completing internships and exploring the novel world around him.
“I feel like being from Missouri, especially a rural community, it’s easy to be shut off from the world,” Andy mentioned.
It was this belief that pushed him to broaden his horizons, immerse himself in a new culture and language, and gave him the courage to spend a 11 months on the other side of the Pacific ocean.
Erickson, who will graduate from Portland, Ore.’s Louis and Clark College in the spring of 2014 with a degree in East Asian Studies, found his interest in the Chinese language in Cindy William’s BGHS foreign language class. Studying the dialect during both his junior and senior years, the young man noticed the linguistics came naturally.
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