Two high school counselors from Luodingbang High School in Foshan, China, will be visiting Wake Forest through August 2. Maggie Yang and Ann Ho are here to learn more about the University so they can better recruit Chinese students to study at Wake Forest. Under the care of Linda McKinnish Bridges, (pictured at left) who is leading Wake Forest’s China initiative, the two counselors will visit with faculty, meet prospective students and parents, engage with current students and participate in the University’s new LENS program—a residential study experience for high schoolers.
Bridges, who speaks Mandarin, traveled to China in April and visited eight high schools to talk about Wake Forest. She says Wake Forest is intent on making the role of higher education compatible with what’s happening in the world. “We are in a global economy, and Wake Forest thinks of itself not only as a regional and national university but as a global educator,” she says. “Chinese students want to come to the U.S. to study because we have the best colleges and universities in the world.” For some Chinese teens, those who are a good match academically and socially, Wake Forest is a great fit. The Chinese students benefit, but so do Wake Forest students.
International study goes both ways. We encourage Chinese students to study at Wake Forest while creating opportunities for our students to study there. During her time at Wake Forest, Monica Kitt (’10) spent more summers in China than in the U.S. And after graduating in May, because she missed being in China, she returned to Shanghai to study Mandarin in an intensive language program.