Theo Carney is a neuroscience major with strong Chinese and Spanish language skills. He spent six months in China his Junior year, teaching English over the summer to elementary students in Xi’an, and continuing into the fall studying Mandarin in CET’s Beijing Language Intensive. Theo has extensive teaching and community service experience as a Bonner Scholar, from team-teaching Chinese at Oberlin’s Prospect Elementary School, to being a baker and kitchen assistant at the Oberlin Early Childhood Center. As a neuroscience major, Theo has interned in medical settings during the summers of 2011 and 2013, but he is also deeply interested in Chinese culture and is inspired by the travel writing of Peter Hessler. While in Taigu, Theo plans to record his experiences, and share his passion for cooking with the friends he makes there.