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Elif Yıldırımread bio
Elif Yıldırım completed a Master's degree in Asian Studies at Middle East Technical University (METU), Turkey. She graduated from Boston University (BU) with Bachelor's degree in Sociocultural Anthropology. At BU, she took courses on Chinese language, history, anthropology and archaeology. She also enrolled in BU's Study Abroad program at Fudan University in Shanghai. During her 5-month stay there, she improved her Chinese while interning at an NGO, which provides free English education to underprivileged children in China. Her volunteer experiences in China left a deep impression on her, and she developed an increasing interest in NGOs and social work. At Yenching Academy, she works to learn more about the Chinese society, economy, politics and policy-making in order to pursue her passion in social work, and improve her Chinese language skills to reach a level of fluency.