The program was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. I was able to experience a culture that was quite different from how I perceived it to be, based on my classroom education and how the media portrays China. The Chinese culture is incredible – from the language to the country’s proud traditions.
The people I met broadened my mind, especially with regards to our global community. I not only learned from professors, professionals and students from China, but I learned a great deal from my peers. I was able to learn from people – who I now refer to as close friends – from every corner of the world.
I learned about China’s society, government and international relations with the United States and the rest of the world. I was able to take part in the country’s traditions, including a great Peking duck dinner and meeting with Chinese professionals, professors, and students. We were able to attend lectures and delegate with Chinese Foreign Affairs members, as well as profound scholars like Zhang Zhexin, who referred to himself as “Tiger.”
Finally, I was able to visit places that I will remember for the rest of my life. I was able to see one of the Nine Wonders of the World, the Great Wall of China. The higher you go and the farther you walk along the wall, the more breathtaking it gets. The Forbidden City was another place that is was not like any other attraction I have seen. You were able to appreciate the beauty of the architecture, as well as its history.