School of Social Sciences and International Studies

Emma Peterson, '19

Department of Modern Languages Outstanding Senior, Chinese
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Emma Peterson grew up in Maine before moving to Ohio to finish the last two years of high school in Centerville. She graduates from Wright State with a double major in Spanish and International Studies, a minor in French, and a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Certificate. She has studied Mandarin Chinese for the past two years.

Emma has studied abroad four times during her undergraduate years--a summer in Costa Rica; a semester in Santiago, Chile; a semester in Lyon, France; and a summer in Chengdu, China. She believes that international education is extremely valuable to increase global understanding, connect with communities, learn culture firsthand, practice language, and gain a global mindset. Emma serves as a co-president of the College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Student Advisory Board, a member of the President’s Ambassadors, and as an officer for TESOL Club. She also works at the University Center for International Education (UCIE) and often volunteers with the LEAP (Learning English for Academic and Professional Purposes) Program. She has worked as a Spanish Supplemental Instruction leader as well. Additionally, she is a member of the Honor's Program, the French Honors Society Pi Delta Phi, the Spanish National Honor Society Sigma Delta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society, and is on the Dean's List. When not traveling, spending time outdoors, or learning languages, she enjoys reading and writing. She additionally spends time studying Chinese characters and watching TV shows in Chinese. 

Emma is exceedingly excited, grateful, and honored to receive a Fulbright grant to teach English in Taiwan after graduation. She will be placed in an elementary or middle school and will additionally complete a community engagement project while in Taiwan. She is looking forward to experiencing Taiwanese culture and continuing to study Mandarin. After, she plans on attending graduate school for a Masters or PhD related to international and global studies. She is grateful to Du laoshi for inspiring and encouraging her to study Chinese, to study abroad in China, and to continue to learn about Chinese culture. Emma would like to thank the faculty and staff of the Department of Modern Languages for their support and guidance throughout her journey at Wright State.


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