Jeremy Chapnick

Class Year

’16

Hometown

Cary, Ill.

Major(s)

Chinese

Minor(s)

Asian Studies

If you had told 8-year-old Jeremy Chapnick that he would one day travel half way across the world to a foreign country, he wouldn’t have believed you. “I’m pretty sure I didn’t even know where China was when I was 8 years old, or even anything about it,” Jeremy says.

But throughout high school, Jeremy’s love for the country and its culture increased. When it came time to choose a college, Jeremy wanted a school that shared his passion for Asian Studies. He cites “Carthage’s awesome Chinese program” as the major reason he came here.

“Being able to major in Chinese and study abroad as a part of your major was a huge plus, and it’s awesome!”

Carthage’s study abroad programs have given Jeremey the chance to get a closer look at the fascinating culture. “When I got to visit China this summer, I felt like I was at home. China is so interesting, and [speaking] Chinese opens up parts of the world that are blanketed by mystery to many people.”

Jeremy sees an understanding of Chinese culture as integral, even for those who are not interested in Asian Studies as a potential major. “Many people don’t know Chinese, but China will become extremely important for Americans in the following years,” he comments.

“Carthage has provided me with the opportunity to live out my dream.”

Jeremy Chapnick, ’16

Career goal

“My goals for after college are to work in the embassy, doing translation, and teaching English in China.”

How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?

“That’s a really hard question. Many of the professors I’ve had were fantastic and they have helped me in so many ways. I do have to make a special shout-out to my academic advisor Mimi Yang and Prof. Ed Montanaro for helping me grow and mature here at Carthage. Both professors have helped me in so many ways, and I am glad that Carthage offers such supportive staff.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class I’ve taken since I’ve been at Carthage was the J-Term summer trip to Huairou. Getting to go to Huairou, China, and getting to see and experience China, the culture, and the language was one of the greatest experiences I’ve had. Getting to teach the little children English and being able to explore and experience China was too awesome to describe in words.”

Campus involvement

“I am part of a social fraternity, Tau Delta Psi buffs. I am also the Chinese fellow. In addition, I am a Chinese tutor at Carthage and I help the TLEs (Target Language Experts) here at Carthage with their experiences in America.”

Toughest class

“The toughest class I’ve ever taken was Biology. I know it’s a general-ed class and it’s supposed to be easy, but I am not a science person. I don’t find the study matter particularly interesting, so I have to grind through it to learn the information.”

Internships or on-campus employment

“I will have an office internship translating and helping a business ‘Westernize’ when I study abroad in Beijing this spring.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“Carthage has provided me with the opportunity to live out my dream. Being able to go to China, and experience the language and culture is something I’ve been working toward for almost seven years now. I look forward to being able to study abroad this spring.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“My favorite moment will be in the future: Being able to study abroad.”

Favorite spot on campus

 “My favorite spot on campus? I love my dorm! It’s where I can play video games.”

What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?

“My 8-year-old self wanted to be a marine biologist, so I’m not sure what he would think. I’m pretty sure I didn’t even know where China was when I was 8 years old, or even anything about it.”

Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?

“Don’t give up! At first Chinese might seem hard and a difficult task, but once you understand the logic behind Chinese, the language becomes super-easy to understand. I’m a language person, and out of the three languages I’ve taken (French, German, and Chinese), I believe that Chinese is the easiest to learn.”