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SPOTLIGHT on Alumni: Daniel Loebell ’15

Mr. Daniel Loebell, BA 2015 | UB Asian Studies Program | Written by: Daniel Loebell

loebell-3Daniel Loebell is from New Britain, Connecticut. He graduated summa cum laude from the University at Buffalo in 2015 with his Bachelor of Arts degree in Asian Studies. He spent the 2016-17 academic year in Nanjing, China as a certificate student of the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies (HNC). In the program, he lived in the Center’s dormitory with his Chinese roommate. He took graduate-level courses in Chinese taught by Nanjing University faculty alongside Chinese classmates taking courses in English taught by international faculty. *

loebell-4He also had the chance to perform violin with the Nanjing University Symphony Orchestra as well as represent HNC in the China International Economic Trade and Arbitration Commission’s International Moot Competition. He cherishes the time spent working with his Chinese and American classmates as they completed assignments and held open discussions on political, social, legal, and economics issues. He also admires HNC’s international and domestic professors. They come from various backgrounds and bring their global experiences to the classroom. He also commends the Center’s Chinese and American co-directors as well as HNC’s career services counselor for their support throughout the year.

During the week-long vacations throughout the semester, Daniel traveled to other cities in China such as Beijing, Yantai, Shanghai, and Wuhan. He is now looking for consulting opportunities in both the United States and China to help people negotiate the cultural, economic, and political differences between the two world powers. He also loves swimming, reading about law, and debating politics with his classmates.

*Students can also take courses in their native language along with the required target language courses.