Mercedes Begley

“My time in China fueled my desire to live among other cultures and learn as much as possible from the world around me. I was also inspired to pursue a career in International Relations….Being that China and the United States are such different cultures, it is so important to keep an open mind and be willing to try new things. By taking a step back and taking your experience for what it is, you will be able to appreciate not only the differences, but the remarkable similarities between people across the globe as well.”

Name & Age: Mercedes Begley, 21

Hometown: Snohomish, WA

School in the United States: Pacific Lutheran University

Where and when studied in China: Sichuan University in Chengdu, fall 2011