Natalia Simmons-Thomas is rising Senior at the George Washington University. She is double-majoring in Chinese Language and Literature & International Affairs with a concentration in Asia. She first became passionate about the Chinese language in middle school after the completion of her first Chinese class. Natalia has studied abroad through both the Critical Language Scholarship in Xi’an, China at Shaanxi Normal University and Associated Colleges in China at Minzu University in Beijing, China. At US-China Strong, She hopes to¬†contribute her creative ideas and energetic spirit to any task she’s given as well as¬†gain a better understanding of US-China relations.