Ambria Richardson

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University of Pittsburgh | Bradford

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Ambria Richardson is 19 years old and a current sophomore at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, majoring in English Education grades 7-12. She was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, and graduated from the Academy at Palumbo in 2019. She is working to become an inducted member of the National Society of Leadership and Success and is a certified lifeguard. In her spare time, Ambria likes to read, drink coffee and tea, and cook. She also enjoys swimming and was the captain of her high school team in her senior year. Right now, she is taking an introductory Japanese language course through the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia with the expectation that it will help to prepare her for her study abroad program in Japan.
International Experience Summary:

Ambria Richardson spent eight weeks studying Chinese in CET Virtual Language and Culture Intensive. During that time, she was able to participate in a group class, 1:1 experiences, tutoring, and language exchange opportunities with a native speaker in China. In addition to these experiences, she engaged in bi-weekly webinars that focused on the different parts of Chinese culture. All the while, Ambria was able to develop her Chinese language skills, as well as develop a deeper appreciation for Chinese culture.

Outside of the virtual classroom, Ambria was able to cultivate relationships with both her language partners and her tutor, which will last long after the end of the eight-week course. She also made frequent trips to Chinatown in her hometown of Philadelphia, where she practiced her Chinese while doing everyday tasks like shopping and eating at restaurants. By doing this, she was able to experience firsthand more of the Chinese culture, language, and cuisine that cannot be experienced through a screen. With these experiences, Ambria frequently reflected on how different her life in America was from those of her friends in China and often thinks about how she can integrate more Chinese culture and language into her daily life.