Melodie Ha ('15)

Melodie Ha ('15)

1. Please tell us a little about yourself!

I am originally from New Jersey, and I graduated Wellesley in 2015 with double majors in Political Science and Chinese Language and Culture. 

2. Why did you decide to become a Chinese Language and Culture major? How did it shape your experience at Wellesley?

I am a heritage speaker, but I did not grow up officially learning the language. I decided to take Chinese to originally fulfill the language requirement, but the more I learned, the more I wanted to understand and connect with my family’s background and culture. 

3. What are you doing now?

I am finishing my master’s degree at Georgetown University at the School of Foreign Service. I work in the national security field, where my research focuses on Chinese military affairs and greater U.S.-China foreign policy issues. 

4. How has your Wellesley experience and your major influenced your life/career after college?

Wellesley has been instrumental in shaping my career and giving me the skills necessary to be successful. I was awarded the Boren Fellowship in 2016, where I was able to spend a year studying Chinese in Beijing, at Beijing Foreign Studies University. Following that experience, I was able to work at the U.S. State Department in Washington D.C. on U.S.-China policy. I’m excited to see where my experiences will take me next in the China studies field!