Becca Thorpe

Becca is a sophomore International Relations major with a Marketing minor. She loves to plan future international adventures in her free time and also enjoys Becca Thorpeexploring campus with her camera. Becca spends most of her time outside of class researching Chinese international development projects through AidData, participating in Model United Nations, and leading a study group through InterVarsity. After college, Becca hopes to use her skills to help people around the world and to learn as many languages as possible.

The Future of Confucius Institutes in the U.S.

Honor Leahy stood in front of the lecture hall, looking at her audience and taking a deep breath to calm her nerves as she waited for silence. Leahy was about to compete in the 2014 Chinese Language Competition at the College of William & Mary in Virginia.

The Tennessee native was only a freshman at the time and was still in her first year of learning Chinese. She had spent the last few weeks preparing a short phone conversation for the April competition. She was ready - but still nervous.

“It was like baking a cake for someone else using their own recipe,” Leahy said. “You’re giving something to them that’s already theirs, so you hope it’s good enough and you hope it’s authentic.”

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