All of us who work for the Hopkins-Nanjing Center feel passionate about the mission of the HNC and the importance of the skills our students learn. However you may not know that five of the eleven American staff members who work for the HNC in either Nanjing or Washington are actually alumni of the Center, representing both the Certificate and MAIS programs and graduating between 1988 and 2013. A number of the Chinese faculty and staff are also alumni of the HNC. Katie Brooks (HNC ’09) is one such graduate. Now in her role as Assistant Director and Admissions Officer in the HNC Washington Support Office, she reflects on the first time she heard about the Hopkins-Nanjing Center:
|Katie and a classmate at HNC's 25th Anniversary|
I can still remember exactly where I was sitting the first time I heard about the Hopkins-Nanjing Center. It was 2004 and I was in my freshman year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Thanks to a few years of high school in Singapore, I had placed out of the beginner level and was in second year Chinese. While flipping through a list of vocabulary words in preparation for a quiz that fateful day, a stranger walked into our Chinese classroom. Zhou Laoshi quieted us down and said we would be hearing about an opportunity to further our Chinese after graduating from UNC. The visitor briefly explained the history of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, outlined the program, and mentioned that HNC students were able to write academic papers in Chinese.