Tara Long ’17 has called Japan home since she was 3 and has traveled to more than a dozen countries. Her full passport led to an interest in language and culture, but her time in China is what stays with her.
“It’s a fascinating country,” says Long, a Chinese major. “I went there for the first time when I was 8 and I left thinking that I want to be a tour guide and explore more of the country.”
Long’s passion for China was a factor even when she decided she wanted to attend college in the United States. She only toured one university.
“I just loved Bryant’s commitment to China,” she says. Events like Chinese New Year and STARTALK "are a really big deal here.” Long has worked with the STARTALK program, a two-week language learning and culture experience for middle school and high school students that Bryant hosts each summer, as well as Bryant’s U.S.-China Institute and Confucius Institute.
During her junior year, Long studied at East China Normal University in Shanghai where "the process of adapting to a new culture was incredible.”
As an intern at the John H. Chafee Center for International Business at Bryant, Long conducted market research and provides translation services. “Tara’s knowledge of Japanese and Chinese are vital to us,” says Chafee Center Director Raymond Fogarty ’79.
Long will return to Shanghai to pursue a graduate degree in political science at East China Normal University with the help of a Chinese government scholarship.
After four years at Bryant, Long says, “I’m more driven now. I’ve gained a lot of confidence and I’m much more aware of how business operates internationally.”
• Assisted with Bryant’s highly regarded two-week language learning and culture experience for high school and middle school students
Studied at East China Normal University, one of the most prestigious in China
John H. Chafee Center for International Business
• Conducted market research and provided translation services
• Provided Japanese translations for the company as it built its presence in Japan
World Wrestling Entertainment
• Translated interviews of WWE wrestler Asuka
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