Chwe is an Ambassador who studied abroad in China
Major: Global Business Leadership
Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you decide on this program?
I always knew I wanted to go to China,so picking the China study abroad program was not very difficult. I wanted to go to China because I wanted to get of of my comfort zone, take business course in order to complete my major requirements, and to learn more about Chinese culture.
Briefly describe a specific cultural experience you had on your trip that made a lasting impression.
One of the experience I had that left a lasting impression for me is when we volunteered to teach at a middle school in Sichuan province. The students were really excited to meet us. Upon reflecting from this experience, I learned that education was a lot harsher in China and I should work harder and take advantage of my education in the US.
Describe your overall study abroad experience.
Overall, my study abroad experience in China was awesome. Learning and using Chinese is a lot of fun because I get to do it almost everyday trying to converse with local or international students. My Chinese has become pretty good and this had made me want to further study Chinese language in the U.S.
Based on your experiences abroad, what are some of the benefits of spending a semester abroad? How has studying abroad contributed to your personal, academic, and professional development?
Spending a semester abroad in China has made me realize at how much I still got to learn and appreciate about the world. It has change my perspective on China not just seeing it as a communist country but a hard working society that is rapidly changing. Learning Chinese in China has encourage me to use the language and reach out to people. I have experience many uncomfortable situations and learned to respond both effectively and mindfully.
What advice can you offer for CSB/SJU students who are considering or planning to study abroad?
If plan to join a study abroad program make a resolution. You also need to embrace ambiguity especially the culture and environment. A lot of student go study abroad and comes back with nothing. I do not support this. So the best way I can put it is be reflective and think about what you can bring back to your community from your experience studying abroad.