Student Profile--Jessica Brumley
Jessica Brumley is an English for Secondary Education and Literature double major and is currently a sophomore at WKU. She began studying Chinese her first year in the at WKU, and went to China with the Confucius Institute in Summer 2012. She was most recently accepted into the Critical Language Scholarship program in Suzhou, China, for the summer of 2013. She became interested in the Flagship when she was actually applying for a scholarship to attend Western, and hasn't looked back since.
What is your favorite thing about being in the Flagship?
The people I get to work with, especially the freshmen this year. Now that I have a foundation in Chinese, being able to help them is so rewarding. I struggled so much my first semester, but now I can give them guidance and support as we all work towards proficiency together.
What keeps you motivated?
Chinese feels like a stop/start language. I feel like some days I make a lot of progress, and some days it's not very good. I keep the days that I make a lot of progress in my mind and focus on those. Also, when I was in China, being able to speak Chinese to them was validation for all the hard work.
What are your career goals and how do you plan on incorporating Chinese into those goals?
Teaching English in China is on the top of my list. When I come back to the States, I want to teach in a bigger city. Chinese is surprisingly useful, in a country where almost everyone learns Spanish in high school.
What are the most rewarding things about Flagship?
I don't feel like I've ever had to work this hard at anything before. Grasping the concept of characters alone. I have a friend that always says, "Are you studying your squiggles?" But being able to put sentences together and actually making sense is rewarding enough.