Emem Adjah, BA’09, will be heading to Hong Kong this August to teach Eng­lish on a Ful­bright schol­ar­ship, a job she says is an ideal step­ping­stone toward one of her dream careers: serving as a “cul­tural consultant.”

I’m hoping to be an entre­pre­neur one day, to create a niche as an adviser who can help busi­nesses abroad adapt to one another, to accli­mate to one another’s cul­tures,” Adjah explains.

China is a growing cos­mopolitan cul­ture, yet they need a bridge to better con­nect them to the rest of the world,” she says. “Many want to talk to for­eigners, but their Eng­lish is not up to par. I want to enhance their ability, to give them the tools to do it.”

The daughter of Nigerian immi­grants, Adjah grew up in Pis­cat­away, N.J., a cul­tur­ally rich area that helped shape her inter­na­tional career goals.

When she started at North­eastern, she hoped to work in France one day. But she quickly rec­og­nized that China is a bigger hub for busi­ness oppor­tu­nity. “It’s a better fit,” she says. “Every­body in busi­ness is going global,” making China a part of every business’s market plans.

In 2007, Adjah studied at Hong Kong Uni­ver­sity of Sci­ence and Tech­nology for four months, and later com­pleted a six-​​month co-​​op doing market research for the U.S. Embassy in Sin­ga­pore. In May, she grad­u­ated with an inter­na­tional busi­ness degree with an emphasis on China.

All her prepa­ra­tion primed her for what lies ahead.

In August, she will begin working as a teaching assis­tant in Eng­lish at the Hong Kong Insti­tute of Edu­ca­tion on the 11-​​month Ful­bright she received this April.

Then Adjah will return to the Hong Kong Uni­ver­sity of Sci­ence and Tech­nology to earn a master’s in social sci­ences, with an eye toward a career path in teaching or working as a cul­tural consultant.

Going to China is a tremen­dous oppor­tu­nity I had at North­eastern,” she says. “It has been a life-​​changing expe­ri­ence for me to be there, to learn about myself and to work in a very relaxed place.

China has a won­derful ambi­ence and envi­ron­ment, and I really want to go back to con­tribute somehow.”