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    Student Profile: Zach Anderson

    April 21, 2017

    Growing up in Thermopolis, Wyo., Zach Anderson never thought he’d end up dancing on Chinese television. But when you dive into every experience the way he has, you never know where your adventures may take you.

    “It was an amazing nine weeks in the northern Heilongjiang province of

    Zach Anderson, junior, mechanical engineering with a minor in Chinese, studied in Shanghai, China. (Courtesy Photo)

    China,” Anderson says of his summer program at Harbin Institute of Technology with UW Chinese Study Abroad Program Director Yan Zhang. “It was an intensive language study course, but we had a very balanced mixture of activities—from learning martial arts and local artistic styles like Chinese knot tying to community service. We also did homestays and had Chinese roommates. It was the whole experience.”

    That experience included an internship with the province’s largest TV station. That’s where the singing and dancing came in. “At the Harbin Institute of Technology campus, we had performed an American medley,” he says, noting that dance numbers included Taylor Swift. “We revamped our performance, and they broadcast it on television. It was weird to have reached celebrity status for a week or two.”

    Anderson chose to learn Chinese, one of the most widely spoken languages, as part of his career preparation, but the study-abroad experience provided more than just language immersion. “It made me feel like a more globally aware citizen,” he says. “I feel like I’ve taken steps to set myself up to enter this global stage and become part of our global community.”

    Anderson hopes to work in research and development or the automotive industry after graduation, as well as travel and use his Chinese language skills.

    He believes the study-abroad opportunities UW offers rise above what his family and friends have at universities in other states. “I would say that anybody who wants to study abroad and have not only an in-depth experience but also one that won’t break the bank should definitely come to UW,” he says.

    He notes other opportunities that also set UW apart: “I partially chose UW because of the active lifestyle I want to live,” Anderson says. “I love skiing, hiking, backpacking and riding my dirt bikes and motorcycles. The ability to have this nice town full of cultural experiences, great shops and restaurants and to go just a little ways a way and have awesome vistas for hiking and backpacking and a great ski range—it’s the best of every world. It’s the center of the Venn diagram, where it’s super cost effective, and the opportunities are on par if not better than almost every major university in the area.” 


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