Hello Everyone! (大家好! ) Welcome to my study abroad blog! Here I will do my best to let you know what life is like for your everyday college student in China. First off, a little about me…
As I worry about packing a year’s worth of clothing into one suitcase and missing my friends and family, I think to myself, why am I going to China? So to help me remember and so you understand me a little better, I’ll try explain.
Andrew, why do you want to study in China? Terrific question! First of all, I have taken Chinese Language (Mandarin) since high school and I have loved every one of my Chinese classes. At this point, I have learned enough to have most conversations in Mandarin, but there’s still a lot more I can learn. My primary goal in going to China is to become fluent in the language.
In addition to becoming fluent in Mandarin, I hope to get a good understanding of Chinese culture and customs. Last summer I had the amazing opportunity to intern at a law firm in Washington D.C. While I worked there, I asked one of the firms’ policy advisors about what he believed was most important in doing business with international clients. Surprisingly, he replied that it was not knowing the language, but having a solid understanding of foreign cultures and customs that was most important. I believe that only by studying and living in China, will I be able to really understand Chinese ways of life.
So… yeah I think I’ve left you all with enough about me to start out with. (Sorry it’s a little long). Back to packing! Oh yes, before I forget, I want to encourage anyone reading this blog to comment or ask me questions you may have about China. If there is something you are curious about, I will do my best to find out about it. Anything from “Do Shaolin temples really exist and are they as cool as those in the movies?” to “Please try fried scorpion and tell me what it tastes like.”