Q and A: Julian Richardson, 2014 Global Scholar
Julian Richardson is one of the 14 undergraduate students who participated in the 2014 Global Scholars Program: Contemporary Cities of Eurasia—Berlin, Moscow, Ulan Bator, and Beijing. The program is a summer research workshop run by Columbia faculty and designed to introduce undergraduates to field work methods overseas using both sociological and anthropological approaches. The program is a collaboration with the Harriman Institute, the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, the Office of Global Programs, and Columbia Global Centers | East Asia.
What prompted you to seek the GSP program?
I didn't have the chance to study abroad when I was at Columbia and this seemed like the best way to complete my Columbia experience by participating in a program that would take me to multiple countries.
What was the major attraction for you?
Being able to visit China and contextualize my East Asian Studies.
How did your experience meet or exceed your expectations?
Definitely met my expectations with regards to rigor and number of meetings.
What were the one or two highlights for you from the program?
Meeting with the German Ambassador and the CCTV anchor. Both of them were extremely intelligent and their insights into how the world works led to fruitful discussions after we had finished the talk.
What tips do you suggest to students embarking on this program in the future?
Pack as little as possible and take time to reflect on your experiences. Also do not take the course just for a letter grade - truly invest your time into the process because that is how you will get the most out of the experience.
What is your career goal?
My career goals are international business with a focus on international institutions and government relations. I am starting at J.P. Morgan in the fall to work towards this goal.
How did this experience have an impact on that goal, if at all?
It has given me the international background needed to show my competencies and vested interest in international public policy.
What do you think it means to be a truly global scholar in the context of globalization?
Globalization is making the world smaller and the internet makes us instantaneously aware of events around the world. Yet we must be honest with regards to the physical distances and the fact that a program like GSP gives us the opportunity to compare and contrast cultures around the world that you never would otherwise.
- Julian documented the entire GSP trip in his blog here: http://julianrichardson.blogspot.de/
Hometown: Princeton, NJ
Major: East Asian languages and Cultures
Degree and completion date: BA May 2014
"Globalization is making the world smaller and the internet makes us instantaneously aware of events around the world. Yet we must be honest with regards to the physical distances and the fact that a program like GSP gives us the opportunity to compare and contrast cultures around the world that you never would otherwise. "