Christine Heidelberg

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Hometown: Golden Valley, Minnesota, USA


Hopkins High School


Chinese (Mandarin)
After arriving at Penn, I knew I had made the right decision. I was instantly part of a small community that helped me find a place in such a large school.

Why Huntsman?

Born and raised in Minnesota, Christine (Christie) did not have exposure to other languages at home, but she began studying Chinese and French in middle school. She also studied in both China and France during high school. As a junior preparing to apply to colleges, she knew that she wanted to continue language study, but she also wanted to learn practical business skills.

When Christie found out about the Huntsman program, she knew it was a perfect fit. Not only would she get a world class business education with an international focus, but she would be surrounded by 40+ other people who shared the same interest in learning about the world. 

Exploring Diverse Interests

Christie has found that her favorite classes span many disciplines, and she's thankful to the Huntsman Program for giving her the opportunity to take such a variety of classes. Some of the highlights have been Finance 100 and Intro to Human Evolution. In general, she has found the quantitative classes to be the most interesting, and she is pursuing a math minor. As of now, she doesn't know where her degree will take her, but she is eager to continue exploring different fields to discover which career path best suits her.

Beyond the Classroom

Outside of academics, Christie is a member of Arts House Dance Company and has served on the board for a year.  As a participant in this completely student-run, student-choreographed group, she has also choreographed two of her own pieces.  In January, Christie was one of the co-chairs of the annual Emily Sachs Dance Benefit, which brings together the 13 Dance Arts Council groups in one show dedicated to the memory of a deceased Penn student. Christie is also a member of Penn International Business Volunteers, and is traveling to Beijing this summer to volunteer with Wokai, a microfinance organization based in China.