Academic Background

I hold a B.A. degree in Chinese Language and Literature with a minor in Holistic Health from San Francisco State University.


Mandarin Chinese

Having never studied Chinese before college, I did everything I could to immerse myself in Chinese language, even in the United States. Some of the extracurricular programs I participated in during that time include:

  • Chinese Language Flagship
  • Confucius Institute
  • Interpreter for YMCA
  • Homestay with local Chinese family


In addition to regular Chinese Language and Literature coursework, I participated in the Chinese Language Flagship at SFSU. The Chinese Language Flagship is an intensive Chinese program that brings students’ language skill to a professional level and includes several opportunities to study abroad in China and Taiwan.

In order complete the program and receive the certification, students must reach certain testing benchmarks. Students must

  • pass the HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) at level 6
  • ACTFL Level 3+

I successfully completed the program in May 2014 and received the Chinese Language Flagship certification. 

Taiwan National University

My first excursion to China consisted of one summer abroad at Taiwan National University’s International Chinese Language Program. During this 12 week program, I attended 12 weeks of language focused study in Taiwan’s capital of Taipei.

Nanjing University Flagship Center

I went abroad a second time during my senior year in university in the spring of 2013. I attended one semester of classes at Nanjing University’s Chinese Flagship Center where I attended instruction on the Chinese language. At the same time, I was also taking elective classes at the Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine.

Yunnan Health and Development Research Association Intern

Another component of the Chinese Flagship Program is participation in a four month internship in Chinese organization. I interned at the Yunnan Health and Development Research Association, where I took on the role of Project Assistant. My work took place in the Environmental Health Center, where I:

  • participated in meetings to plan upcoming research events
  • functioned as an English editor of association publications
  • assisted with the association’s PR
  • participated in fundraising activities

Academic Awards

I have been honored to receive several awards during my studies:

  • Cum Laude, SFSU 2013
  • Chinese Flagship Scholarship
  • Paul Zee Lyons Memorial Scholarship
  • Confucius Institute Scholarship
  • California Chinese Teachers Association Chinese Speech Competition, Second Place


For your reference, please see Rachel Critelli’s resume, available in Chinese and English.