Dajia hao! My name is Linnea Johnson and I’m from Northfield, Minnesota. I just finished my sophomore year at MHC, where I am majoring in Asian studies and geography. I’ll be spending the summer studying Mandarin Chinese in Shanghai at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics with the Critical Language Scholarship. I am beyond excited! My adventure begins June 9 at an orientation in Washington, D.C., where I will be addressed by Department of State officials and sign away my right to speak English for the next nine weeks (i.e., I will sign a 24-hour language pledge). But don’t worry—I’ll still be able to blog in English!