Samuel Rasmussen

Undergraduate Student

Sam Rasmussen '19, of Salt Lake City, Utah, has yet to decide his major but is pursuing a certificate in East Asian Studies.  In high school, Sam was a selected as a National Security Language Initiative for Youth China Scholar, studying in Shanghai.  Prior to starting at Princeton, Sam took two years to serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) in Taiwan, where he learned Mandarin Chinese.  Immediately prior to the start of the Global Seminar, Sam spent six weeks backpacking through Vietnam and Cambodia.  Sam will be studying abroad at Tsinghua University in Beijing in the spring of 2017.  Passionate about Asia, Sam hopes to serve as a Foreign Service Officer working collaboratively with the region's emerging powers to meaningfully improve the lives of the under-served people Sam has had the opportunity of living among for the past several years. On campus, Sam is a volunteer tutor with the Petey Greene inmate tutoring program, works in the Paul and Marcia Wythes Center on Contemporary China, is an Outdoor Action leader, and is President of the Latter-day Students Association.