Samuel Dong

Sam graduated from the University of Chicago in just three years with a major in Economics and a minor in South Asian Languages and Civilizations. Since then, he’s had a hand in social science research at institutions ranging from Yale Law School to the World Bank.

Sam grew up in the U.S. and China, an experience that nurtured an enduring passion for languages and cross-cultural communication. In addition to being a native speaker of Mandarin Chinese and English, he’s studied Spanish, Hindi, French, Arabic, and Swahili to various degrees of fluency (before losing much of that fluency to lack of practice). Bringing an inter-lingual perspective to his mentorship, Sam knows that the strongest stories come from not just “translating” an applicant’s experience into a language the admissions committees can understand, but also from providing the context that only a considered application plan can provide.

When he’s not busy helping his mentees conquer the world, Sam can be found cooking Indian food, running, and exploring abandoned buildings.

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