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Kelly Ohlrich

Shanghai, China
East Asian Studies
Study Abroad:
Beijing, China (6 months)
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:
Moose tracks
Best Adjective to Describe You:
随便 (suíbiàn: casual, to do as you please)

In 10 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
China’s importance in the world is great and growing!

What initially drew you to this department?  What keeps you coming back?
I grew up in Shanghai, and once I got to K I realized I did not know much about China’s history, politics, or philosophy. Learning about China helped me to process how I became the person I am today.

What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
Take a culture class in the Japanese department if you haven’t, it will give you a broader perspective! And don’t underestimate how much language can help your culture classes.

How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
China is a very big part of who I am, and so it connects to almost everything I do.

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
Don’t be afraid if you find yourself deviating from your original plan- change is supposed to happen!

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
Modern Chinese Literature- it helped me to understand China and Chinese feminism in a way I was never able to before.

What is your SIP?
I’m doing a Health Sciences SIP on the role of PCSK9 inhibition in lowering cholesterol.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
I plan to go to Medical School and practice outside of the US.

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