University of Maryland - College Park
Director of Development
Baltimore, MD, United States
您好! You can call me Emily Oursler or 歐美靈. I am a third year student at the University of Maryland where I am majoring in Chinese and minoring in Business Analytics. I am also greatly looking forward to studying at National Taiwan University this upcoming spring semester (2015) as an exchange student. Washington D.C. is my official birthplace, but I have spent most of my life outside of Baltimore, Maryland.
My interest in East Asia began after abandoning my French studies after the 8th grade due to poor performance and attitudes towards foreign language. However, studying Chinese had the ability to teach me discipline, which was once a foreign concept. My first trip to China with my high-school class in 2011 changed my life in that I realized how much the United States unjustly mystifies the East. Since then, I have dedicated myself to mastering the language with the ultimate goal of improving US-China-Taiwan relations through mutual understanding and sustainable business ventures. At the University of Maryland I have served as Finance Chair and founder of Delta Sigma Pi Business fraternity, founder and leadership-board member of Project Pengyou, volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, and leadership-board member of Enactus. In my free time I like to cook, longboard, play both electric/classical guitar, and listen to tunes of all kinds.
Being a delegate at the first ever Taiwan America Student Conference allowed me the opportunity to add direction and meaning to my studies. A Chinese professor recommended I apply to TASC in the winter after a one-month language program in Taipei. After studying Chinese for five years, I always thought that I would spend my time abroad in China. However, the independent and positive spirit of the Taiwanese culture truly inspired me. Meeting others with shared interests and purpose was incredibly refreshing due to the fact that studying Chinese, and more specifically Taiwan, is so rare in the United States. When such passionate and like-minded individuals come together, the power that is created through friendship and shared-experiences is truly enough to make an impact. Initiatives like TASC that seek to build cross-cultural collaboration through understanding are our generation’s avenue to make our world a more peaceful one. Anyone that joins the TASC network has accepted the accountability to face a daunting conflict and work towards a change. I encourage you to apply if you’re up to the TASC!