Rex Simmons ‘19 majored in East Asian studies and environmental studies. Throughout and before his time at Oberlin, Rex studied Mandarin as a second language, studying abroad in Taiwan and completing two winter terms in immersive language environments. In addition to academics, Rex has worked as an English tutor in Elyria City Public Schools, where he helped Chinese-speaking students with their homework and translated classroom instruction. He also worked as a student assistant to the Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment (LIASE) Oberlin Team, and as a garden intern and compost coordinator for the Oberlin Community Services food pantry. In the future, he hopes to go to graduate school to pursue study in resource conflicts and geography, with China as a potential location for future research.