Critical Language Scholarship Program | Omar Albert
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Omar Albert

Omar Albert is an alum­nus of the 2016 CLS Chi­nese pro­gram in Changchun, Chi­na. He is cur­rent­ly a senior at the City Uni­ver­si­ty of New York, Hunter Col­lege major­ing in eco­nom­ics and Chi­nese. He is active on his cam­pus, serv­ing on Hunter’s sen­ate and the exec­u­tive board of mul­ti­ple clubs. Next year he will par­tic­i­pate in the Over­seas Chi­nese Flag­ship Pro­gram at Nan­jing Uni­ver­si­ty. A native of Queens, New York, you can often find Omar at the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Muse­um of Art dur­ing breaks from class­es. Omar also enjoys prac­tic­ing yoga, study­ing lan­guages, and vis­it­ing the count­less oth­er muse­ums around New York City.

Why Chi­nese?

Short­ly after begin­ning my under­grad­u­ate career I fell in love with Chi­nese. I found it more dif­fi­cult and reward­ing than some of my oth­er class­es and I enjoyed the chal­lenge. I also felt that learn­ing Chi­nese would help me in my future career, as I hope to become a leader in improv­ing Sino-Amer­i­can eco­nom­ic rela­tions. Learn­ing Chi­nese has been one of the best deci­sions I have ever made. It has brought an entire new world of ideas into my own per­spec­tive. Through my Chi­nese stud­ies, I have been able to make new friends around the world, expe­ri­ence life in dif­fer­ent cities, and get a com­pet­i­tive edge for intern­ships and scholarships. 

Bond­ing Moments

My most reward­ing expe­ri­ence dur­ing the CLS Pro­gram was com­fort­ing my room­mate in Man­darin after he got into an argu­ment with his girl­friend. I felt grat­i­fied because I had nev­er been able to use anoth­er lan­guage to help com­fort some­one before. I talked him out of mak­ing rash deci­sions and he thanked me for it lat­er. This not only brought us clos­er as friends but also proved to me that my Man­darin pro­fi­cien­cy had dra­mat­i­cal­ly increased. 

Step­ping Up as a Leader

Being an orphan, I am used to liv­ing on my own. How­ev­er, many of the oth­er stu­dents on the pro­gram had dif­fi­cul­ty adjust­ing to being on their own in anoth­er coun­try. Dur­ing the pro­gram I spoke to mul­ti­ple stu­dents about the frus­tra­tions of being on your own and helped them through these rough patches. 

In a Word…

One of my favorite Chi­nese say­ings is“有一利必有一弊”, which means every good thing has its faults.” It reminds me that obsta­cles are found every­where, even in the good parts of life, so it is impor­tant to stay resilient and persevere. 


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Omar Albert
Omar Albert
Chinese 2016
Changchun, China

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Posted Date

March 28, 2017