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A student practices working the fields with a water buffalo. Photo by Ming-Jiu-Li, China Summer Program.


Hello everyone.

My name is Vincent Noonan. I live in Chicago (the south side – so don’t ask me about the Cubs!) with my parents and three older brothers. I have a huge family and spend a lot of time hanging with my 26 first cousins.

I just graduated from high school, and I will be heading to the College of Wooster next year, where I will probably be studying Chinese or East Asian Studies. I love theater and have been in all the school plays and musicals and hope to stay involved in college as well. I also like gaming, Star Wars, and World Cup soccer. We drew our teams yesterday, and I ended up with Brazil, Peru, Switzerland, Iceland, and Egypt. I’m not optimistic.

I have been teaching myself Mandarin for the last year to get ready for this trip. This will be my first trip to Asia and I am extremely excited about exploring China.

Looking forward to meeting everyone,