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Welcome FLTA Mengsu Kong

— by on October 26th, 2016

How to say “Welcome” in Chinese: Huān yíng

Mengsu Kong
2016 Foreign Language Teaching Assistant

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Tell us about yourself.

I grew up in Shanghai, China. I received my bachelor’s degree from East China Normal University, and majored in teaching Chinese as a foreign language. After graduation, I moved to Philadelphia to pursue my master’s degree at University of Pennsylvania. I was in the program of intercultural communication at the department of educational linguistics. In 2015, I graduated and then worked as a lecturer in Chinese at Penn State University Abington for one year.

What made you come to Washington and Lee as an FLTA?

W&L is a college with a very good reputation, and the Chinese program is great.

What is your favorite part about the area so far?

The beautiful weather, peaceful life and nice people.

Is there anything in particular that you are looking forward to doing while you are in the USA?

I have been living in the U.S. for about three years, but there are still lots of things that I want to do, like traveling to more places and making more friends!

What are your plans when you return home?

I went back to China for one to three months during each summer vocation over the last three years. The plan is definitely to have authentic Chinese food as much as I can, and to spend time with family and friends.

I will keep teaching Chinese in college.

 What do you like to do for enjoyment?

I like traveling, watching movies, drawing, playing board games and puzzles.

Reach out to Mengsu at kongm@wlu.edu.