FEA Alumnus, 2013-2014 and Alumni Council Co-Chair
Sarahann Yeh is an 2013-2014 FEA alum and recipient of a $5,000 scholarship to study in Shanghai, China with CIEE’s Accelerated Chinese Language program. As a biology major, Sarahann was excited to study a foreign language and learn more about her Chinese heritage. Her first few weeks in Shanghai were full of stark confusion as Sarahann adjusted to living with a Chinese student, navigating the craziness of the big city, and studying language for five hours each day. But she soon fell in love with the steamed breakfast buns and elegant Chinese characters. By the end, she didn’t want to leave!
Studying in China was Sarahann’s launching point into international affairs. Upon returning to the University of Maryland, she joined the Global Fellows program and created an individualized program of study to blend her interests in biology and global affairs. She interned with the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC and in Lilongwe, Malawi, and won a Fulbright English Teaching Grant to Indonesia in 2016. Now, Sarahann is a Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellow enrolled at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She will be joining the U.S. Foreign Service as a Public Diplomacy Officer upon conferment of her graduate degree.
Sarahann attributes much of her professional development to FEA. FEA not only gave Sarahann access to study abroad, but taught her to think big and to think global. She is a sincere believer in international education, and hopes to continue carrying FEA’s mission and vision with her into her professional life.