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Hey All!  I’m looking forward to learning more about everyone so I figured I’d leap into the breach and post an intro myself.

My name is Elly Beckerman and I hail from Washington, DC.  I’ll be headed to Bates College next Fall, but decided to defer matriculation for a year to participate in this program and WWOOF in Ireland in the Spring.  I am passionate about being outdoors, specifically rock climbing and backpacking (although I’ll do anything, be it raft guiding, canoeing, or sea kayaking).  Other things I enjoy include doing pen and ink drawings, spending time with my dogs, listening to NPR, and eating popsicles and pulled pork.  I’m also a firm believer in the oxford comma.

I took Chinese for the first two years of High School, but couldn’t fit into my schedule as an upperclassman.  I took Chinese 101 and 102 as a refresher last year through the Confucian Institute, but I would categorize the amount of Chinese I can speak as very minimal.  I’m looking forward to learning more and becoming a more confident speaker over the next three months.

I look forward to meeting you all in person soon!