Emily Conrad comes to Tsinghua University as a Chinese Government Scholarship recipient. She graduated from Wofford College in 2013 with Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude honors, triple majoring in economics, German, and Spanish. During undergraduate school, she studied at Humboldt-Universität in Berlin, Germany and Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain where she gained the prestigious distinction of Matrícula de Honor.
Upon graduation, Emily worked as Communications Manager for international textile machinery firm, Atkins Machinery, where she developed new customers amounting to over $3 million in sales in Latin America and South Asia. A South Carolina native, Emily is also highly involved in local and state politics. Last year, she served as Director of Communications for the American Party SC and is a frequent political columnist in South Carolina newspapers and blogs.
In her spare time, Emily sings opera. She began classical voice lessons at the age of seven and has studied independently with Metropolitan Opera star, Victoria Livengood, since 2010. Emily is also a voracious reader and writer, maintaining her own book blog, www.globalbookchallenge.com, since 2012 as she reads and reviews at least one non-fiction book about every country of the world.