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Meet Some of Our Flagship Alumni…

Hasani Arnold 杨洪杰

Class of 2019

English Literature & Chinese

My name is Hasani Arnold. Prior to entering Hunter, I self studied Mandarin for five years. I joined flagship just before the start of my freshman year in the 200-level course. Flagship made a prodigious impact on my Chinese language learning. I studied abroad at National Taiwan University during the summer of my freshman year and then studied abroad again in Nanjing and Shanghai for my capstone year. While in Shanghai, I interned at Shanghai Daily, the main newspaper publication in Shanghai, publishing articles about topical aspects of Chinese society. I currently work in immigration law as Chinese interpreter, assisting Chinese clients apply for asylum and gain citizenship in the United States. The role Flagship played in my linguistic achievements was invaluable, and I am very thankful for the amazing things I was fortunate to experience by being a member of the program.

Cara Chow 周嘉華

Class of 2017

Economics and Chinese

I grew up speaking Cantonese at home but never formally learned Chinese so when the opportunity to delve into my ancestral roots came by, I couldn't pass that up. Capstone year not only developed my Chinese language and cultural understanding to another level, but also opened up multiple paths that has led to me where I am today. During the internship phase of Capstone, I interned at the fitness platform formerly known as Guavapass in Shanghai. During the internship, I maintained and created amicable relationships with business partners, communicated with clients as the customer service associate, organized community events, created social media content, and scouted new upcoming fitness studios and wellness brands. Because of the opportunities that I was given during Capstone year, I’ve found my passion within the health and wellness industry as a fitness trainer and am now taking it a step further, pursuing a career in physical therapy.

Sean Coffey 贺忠祥

Class of 2015

Political Science and Chinese

double major in both political science with a concentration in international relations and Chinese at Hunter College. I had the opportunity to study abroad several times, completing a summer intensive program at National Taiwan University in Taipei, an 8-month Fulbright Group Fellowship in Xi’an, as well as my capstone year program. During my capstone year in China, I was able to directly enroll in graduate level courses at Nanjing University for a full semester before moving to Shanghai for the internship phase. I worked at ICW China, a boutique public relations firm that provided me the opportunity to work on assignment in Beijing as well as get my foot in the door in the world of client relations. Upon graduation, I returned to NYC and accepted a full time position as an advertising sales assistant at OUTFRONT Media, where I’ve since grown into the role of a National Sales Planner. In my current role, I’m responsible for responding and completing all requests for proposals originating from major media planning and buying agencies for campaigns across the US. I’m also tasked with managing a team of twelve as well as collaborating with in-house software developers and IT to provide usability and UI feedback during the development of proprietary sales systems.

Jacob Kessler 孔伯希

Class of 2018

Political Science & Chinese

Jacob joined the Chinese Flagship program as a sophomore. As a political science major interested in international affairs, he knew that studying Chinese would help him understand China’s increasing role on the world stage. While at Hunter, he studied in Beijing twice - through Princeton in Beijing and Flagship’s capstone program at Beijing Union University. Using Macaulay’s Opportunities Fund, he also studied abroad for a semester in Taiwan. After graduating, he interned at China Labor Watch, researching labor rights and translating Chinese reports into English. He also worked at Aaron Halegua, PLLC, where he worked on a case representing Chinese workers who were trafficked to the US.

Peter Li 李健华

Class of 2016

Economics and Chinese

My name is Peter Li and I am a former Hunter Chinese Flagship student. I majored in economics, attended capstone year as part of the Spring 2015 cohort, and graduated in 2016. After graduation, I worked at a small import company where I was engaged in global trade and import/export logistics. I worked there for two years. I am currently working as an analyst at a consulting firm. The firm primarily operates in the export and international project finance realms, and often in structured finance as well. I support the structuring, arrangement, and administration of export and structured finance loans. I also prepare loan application packages for export credit agency-guaranteed financings; work with borrowers, lenders, and other parties to obtain documents and data; and prepare financial models. Overall, I would say that I have not used Chinese often in my professional career, especially for the first job. However, at my current job, we are pivoting our business development efforts towards China, and hope to work with more organizations in that region, so having Chinese language skills did make a difference during the hiring process.

Sophronia Ma 马璇琪

Class of 2018

Media Studies and Chinese

With the help of the Chinese Language Flagship program, I was able to improve my Mandarin reading, writing, listening, and speaking comprehension skillsets beyond what I imagined. During my Capstone year in China, I interned at Oriental DreamWorks (now Pearl Studios) where I worked on the Creative Development team to help produce multiple in-production animations with top Hollywood directors, producers, and writers. Not only did I learn about the Chinese film industry, but also grasped a better understanding of the global entertainment market. Prior to the completion of my internship, I was even offered a full time position at the company’s New York office.

Currently, I work on a large network episodic television series. With my deep understanding of Chinese culture and language, I am able to connect with clients and secure deals that benefit both our contacts as well as production.

Without the constant encouragement and assistance from the Directors, teachers, tutors, and fellow classmates in Chinese Flagship, I would not have been able to advance and continue utilizing my dual language proficiency to assist in the telling of more Asian stories on the silver screen.

Gabrielle Newman 黎嘉蓓

Class of 2017

Psychology and Chinese

I was raised in a multi-cultural family. Being exposed to several different cultures resulted in a fascination with language and global affairs. Flagship gave me the opportunity to study abroad not just once but three times. Having the opportunity to go abroad that many times allowed me to really learn and understand another language and culture different from my own. Those experiences also shaped who I am as a professional in addition to as a person. While completing my capstone year in Shanghai, I was offered full-time employment based on my language skills. I can honestly say that applying to the Chinese Flagship was the best decision I made during my time at Hunter.

Anabella Tupaj 佟安娜

Class of 2017

Gender Studies and Chinese

I am from a rural town in Maine, born to Italian and Polish ancestry. I came to Hunter College with limited knowledge of the Chinese language. Now, because of Hunter College’s Chinese Flagship program, I have reached near-native fluency in Mandarin, and have held paid positions as a translator and interpreter in both New York City and in China.

As a freelance translator, I have worked with American and Chinese companies, and have translated documents, contracts, social media posts, and user manuals into both Chinese and English. My proudest accomplishment is the work I did on a CNN docu-series, where I provided English subtitles for dozens of interviews conducted in Mandarin.

I am currently pursuing my graduate degree in Chinese Translation and Interpretation at Hunter College.

The Flagship program has helped me grow both professionally and personally, and I recommend it to any student at Hunter College looking to unlock their potential!