Asian Studies Senior Profiles Spring 2021

Every spring, during the last week of class, the Department of World Languages and Cultures honors its graduating Asian Studies seniors at our awards ceremony.  This spring, we are sadly unable to gather in person, but we still wish to recognize our seniors and all of their accomplishments of these past four years. Congratulations to our graduating seniors!

Linnea Asplin is a computer science and Asian Studies double major with a minor in mathematics. Her focus in Asian Studies is on Chinese, and she is a four-year member of the Kantorei chapel choir. In the future, she plans to enter the workforce as a software or web designer, potentially helping translate between English and Chinese-speaking developer teams.

Monique Le Donne will graduate with majors in Biology and Asian Studies, and minors in Chemistry and Chinese language. In her time as an Asian Studies major, Monique focused on Chinese language and culture, and had special interest in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Monique’s interest in TCM stems from her other academic endeavors as a pre-medical student. While at Valpo, Monique was involved with forensic science research in Dr. Bugajski’s lab, a member of Christ College, teaching assistant for the Chemistry department, and language partner for Chinese. She also worked part-time as a CNA at Rittenhouse Village of Valparaiso. Monique enjoyed her experience as an Asian Studies major and is confident that her education will help her cultural competence with her future patients. She also hopes that her linguistic skills will make Chinese patients feel more comfortable in her care. After graduation, Monique will begin medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine to become an osteopathic physician.