College Preparatory School for Girls Grades 3-12

Sophomore Shares Chinese Summer Program Experience with Middle School

Sophomore Shares Chinese Summer Program Experience with Middle School

Elena Laguna '24 visited eighth grade Chinese class to share how learning the language opened doors and discussed her U.S. State Department National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) virtual summer program in China.

The competitive program involves a homestay, daily language study, and excursions and service projects with fellow participants, all underwritten by the State Department. (Elena is the fourth Holton student to receive an NSLI-Y Scholarship.)

"Study as much Chinese as you can now while you're young because there's so much to learn," Laguna told students. But, she added, there are so many rewards. Studying Chinese language and culture has shaped her life and helped her build relationships, she said.

While virtual, Laguna's experience was still robust. Classes included language instruction and culture/history class. Activities included virtual tours of Shangai, Beijing, and Xiamen, and Laguna's final project explored the influence of Taoism to Chinese medicine.