Addressing a middle-school class can be a humbling experience. Addressing an entire middle school in rural China with only one fluent Chinese speaker in your group can be downright terrifying.
“At first, I think we were as intimidated as they were,” says Jonathan Lu ’16, one of six Paganucci Fellows taking part in an internship consulting for Beijing’s Dandelion School. “But then we remembered to appeal to their interests and sense of humor. So we made some small talk about things all kids like—wolves and spiders and scary things—and they warmed right up.”
Up to 40 percent of school-aged children in Beijing are denied access to quality education. The Paganucci Fellows worked to change that.