Class of 2020–2021
Abby Everding (WCAS '22)
Abby is a third-year undergraduate student from Chandler, Arizona, pursuing studies in anthropology and linguistics. She is passionate about learning foreign languages and has studied German, Korean, Turkish, and Japanese in high school and at Northwestern. In summer 2019, she participated in the Critical Language Scholarship Korean language immersion program in Gwangju, South Korea, where she developed fluency in Korean. As a recipient of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship and Summer Fellowships for Advanced Turkish Language Study at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Abby plans to participate in an immersive Turkish language program in summer 2021. In her free time, she enjoys making art, listening to music, reading, cooking, and bird watching around Evanston!
Sophie Jiang (SOC '21)
Born and raised in Chicago, Sophie has always had an affinity for the creative arts and exploring the world. At Northwestern, she majors in radio/TV/film and Asian languages and cultures, with a certificate in integrated marketing communications. With the support of numerous external awards, including the Freeman Award for Study in Asia and the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, Sophie has taught English abroad in Taipei, studied the contemporary political economy of China at Peking University, and studied film production at Prague Film School. In addition to working at the forefront of the East–West music industry through her internship at 5A LABEL, Sophie has also created visual content for several artists at Top Dawg Entertainment. This fall, she participated in the Warner Music Group Classroom Series, where she got an inside look at the company’s industry, labels, and operations through interactive lectures and leadership panels. Next year, she will head to Beijing for a master's degree in global affairs as a Schwarzman Scholar. Sophie aspires to become a creative director and cultural bridge that encourages East–West collaborations in music and entertainment.