Fall 2016 Newsletter: 1st Mini-Semester

This semester’s cohort settled quickly into the rhythm of life in Chengdu, China.

Our students came to the Chengdu American Center for Study Abroad from Carroll University, Concordia University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Norwich University, and Denver University.

Here below, students are enjoying typical Chinese food.

Our students were able to discover Chengdu and life in China. From left to right: Yvonne Vides, Eli Jordan, Shannon Hardy, and Wasfie Hammad.

Above: Chengdu is a cosmopolitan city of about 15 million people.

Below, our students visit the Entrepreneurial and Innovation Center.

Above in foreground: Ericca Henderson and Seth Artero.

Above, our students consider an emerging innovation and entrepreneurship development, which is one focus for our session. This is a popular trend in China today and ecnouraged by the government. G-MEO is helping college students to connect with entrepreneurial trends. This is now a core experience of the study abroad session.

Below, our students attend classes at Sichuan University, on both the Wangjiang and Huaxiba campuses. Sichuan University is one of China’s Top-10 universities and has a picturesque setting.

Above: Wangjiang campus.  Below: the Clock Tower on Huaxiba campus.

Below, our students engage in various internships, which are paired with a course in “Professional Development and Internship,” accredited by American University in Washington DC.

Jasmine Cornett and Wasfie Hammad are interning at a top law firm in Chengdu: the Deheng Law Offices (above). Also, McKenna Booker interned at the newly-developed internship at the Mingju Law Firm (below).

We are also developing new full-time internships for the Summer Term, with a course paired with Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Above: Grant Wuerslin from Carroll University interning at a social media marketing company, EffectMobi, in the a new urban zone (shown below).

Above: Our new internship provider, Lansen Rehabilitation, is providing Emily Owens from Concordia University with an excellent professional experience.

Joseph Gappa from Carroll University, teaching English at the Open University.

Above and below: Joseph Gappa and Seth Artero visited the Glasgow Institute of the University of Electronics, Science and Technology of China. They spoke to local students about innovation, creative thinking and their experiences in China.

Yvonne Vides from Fairleigh Dickinson University, visiting a greenhouse at Open University. She is teaching English at this institution.

Above, the Center’s Director, Dr. Jingyu Wang, leading a Special Event.

These next photos illustrate Eli Jordan at our “Elevator Pitch” event, with Chinese Buddies. Our Center developed a new Buddy Program with the West China School of Medicine, West China Hospital, at Sichuan University.

Below, our students make moonocakes for the mid-Autumn Festival.

This is a traditional Chinese festival, and our students immersed themselves in the tradition.

Above and below: Visiting the historic Wenshu Monastery, a Buddhist temple that goes back centuries.

Above, Shannon Hardy with Mandy, our Student Life Coordinator.

Danica is our new Office Assistant who graduated from the City University of Hong Kong with a Master’s degree in International Studies. For the undergraduate degree, she studied in the University of Nottingham Ningbo China, majored in International Studies with Spanish.

Above: Senior Counselor, Dr. Andrew Bosworth, with Connor McMahon, who joined the Panda rugby team and played in a tournament against other cities in West China.

Above, our Fall 2016 cohort on the steps of the Center.

Thank you!



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Shannon Hardy: My Time in China

Shannon Hardy (on left)

An Experience of a Lifetime: Discovering Chengdu

The first time I stepped off of the plane at Shuangliu Airport, I knew at that very moment that my experience in Chengdu would become a life changing event. Fast forwarding five weeks later, I feel a strange sense of familiarity in being in Chengdu. From taking short walks to wowo, visiting Raffle City to get Happy Lemon lemonade, I soon assimilated to being in Chengdu. Even my Mandarin has progressively become better, and can engage in simplistic conversation. I never thought in a million years that I would be China learning Chinese and learning about and understanding the Chinese way of living. The best aspect about being here is meeting new Chinese friends, going to hotpot and also going on trips. Just last Saturday, we visited Wenshu Monastery.

From the Metro, it’s only four stops up from Huaxiba station and a five minute walk. Alongside the students from g-meo program, the Chinese students came along. Out of the mini trips we have taken, I can honestly say that Wenshu Monastery has been my favorite. Being there was definitely an eye opening experience, especially walking amongst Buddhist monks and seeing their way of life. There were so many different Buddhas to pray to and they even had a statue of the Indian goddess Shiva, who is the goddess of creation and destruction.

Afterwards, we walked the streets on the Monastery and bought souvenirs.I bought a bracelet, a necklace and also a fan.  The weather was really pleasant, I can’t wait to discover more of Chengdu and what it has in store for me.

Thank you!

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Emily Owens: Life and Internship

I am second person from the right, in the tank top – making moon cakes for the Moon Cake Festival.

I’m Emily Owens and I am studying Sports Management at Concordia University Chicago. I am Chinese, but I was brought to America and now live in the Chicago area.

Above, some of the Sichuan food.

The idea of studying abroad had always appealed to me as I was growing up. It became even more important as my other friends were starting to study abroad during college. I had always wanted to study in China because the culture is fascinating and that I was born there.

I did not know if I was able to study in China because my university did not originally advertise studying abroad in China. Luckily I was able to talk to my university and they set me up with G-MEO. It has been such a great experience so far.

In on the left above, with my fellow classmates at Wenshu Monastery.

Below, I include photos of my internship with Lansen Rehabilitation.

Lansen is a health care provider specializing in occupational therapy, post-surgery recovery, and general wellness. They even have yoga. I was able to assist in a wide variety of therapeutic procedures, tutoring English, and supervising the children’s room.

This was a great opportunity.



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Grant Wuerslin in Chengdu

Grant Wuerslin: Carroll Univerity / Chengdu American Center for Study Abroad

The culture of Chengdu is vibrant and incredible. Throughout the national holiday, art festivals and street parties abound – the city never sleeps and rarely slows down. However, it doesn’t feel crazy or dizzying. Everything moves at a constant speed that’s easy to jump in to.

People are friendly and relaxed – it’s a city that knows what needs to be done, and knows there’s time enough to do so. Attached are a few pictures from the art festival from over the holiday.

Above: The music scene is happening in Chengdu.

Below, I was also able to pursue a marketing internship in Chengdu, with EffectMobi, a company in the high-tech zone.






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Nhi Luc: Chengdu American Center

Here I am in the Southern Sea Bamboo Forest with my GMEO T-Shirt!

I appreciate GMEO for supporting me this amazing study abroad opportunity in Chengdu. I am a Communications Major at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Vancouver, British Columbia. My family is from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.

From now on, seeing any Panda bears will recall my beautiful memories of Chengdu. Like the Pandas, I appreciate bamboo.

This picture was also taken in the Southern Sea Bamboo Forest. I love the peaceful atmosphere at this lake in early morning. I wish I had more time to stay here. I guess one month is really short… I need more time in China!

This is me and my “da ge” (big brother) classmate in the field trip for Silk Road class. In that class, I made a presentation on the spread of musical instruments along the Silk Roads.

We went to Jinsha Museum which shows the history of Jinsha civilization founded in Sichuan province thousands years ago.

This is me playing “dan tranh” (Vietnamese zither or Yue Nan guzheng) on my teacher’s birthday. I love learning and exchanging cultures. My teacher was really happy to receive this gift from me (hehe!).

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Sangyub Lee: My Summer in Chengdu

My Intermediate Chinese class, with classmates and teacher. I’m making progress!

My name is Sangyub, and I’m originally from South Korea, near Busan.

I’m a student at Fairleigh Dickinson University, at the Vancouver campus (Canada). I am a Business Major, and of course it is important to know China first hand. I now have a much better understanding!

I came to Chengdu with G-MEO’s program at the Chengdu American Center.

On the bus, after going to the Yoga festival.

My first time eating Chinese style Jiajangmian. It was totally different from Korea’s style.

I’ve made friends here from around the world.

Exploring Chengdu, with my Silk Road class mates. My Summer in Chengdu was an outstanding experience!

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Alexander Jarencio: G-MEO in Chengdu

My name is Alex, and I am a nursing major at Carroll University in Wisconsin. My family originally came from the Philippines, and is now based in Chicago.

In all honesty, China wasn’t my first pick when I thought of a study abroad, but after some convincing I am so humbled by the amazing experience I have had here. Honestly I would not have picked anything better, the people are friendly, and the memories are timeless.

I have met so many people and experienced so many different things. It has opened my eyes not only to culture, but to different lifestyles and new opinions. I have also realized that there is so much more to learn about yourself when you travel. I have learned to let things go and to move on, and to appreciate things that come into my life. Everything is fleeting, and should be appreciated while it lasts.

Here I am on the subway with new friends that I have made!

This is me levitating at the Wenshu Monastery!

This is near the Giant Buddha.  I just thought this was a cool pic.

Water wars with friends and the locals :)


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Stephanie DiLoreto: Unilever Internship in China

My internship at Unilever was one of my favorite experiences with G-MEO and its American Center for Study Abroad, in Chengdu, China.

I  didn’t expect to be so welcomed and included at such a prestigious company, but everyone treated me with respect and kindness.

I worked closely with two people named Ian and Wendy, and Ian took me to various places including paying a visit to some customers and examining their displays. We then determined which customers had strong displays versus weak ones, and I was able to put together a presentation about it on PowerPoint.

I also went to visit chefs with one of Unilever’s saleswomen named Sabrina. We visited two hotels and met with four executive chefs and they let me listen to their conversations and I was able to understand bits and pieces of what they were saying and when I didn’t understand something, Sabrina translated for me. I also learned some useful skills on Excel. I was given a little quiz on my previous Excel abilities, and then learned important  skills that the company’s employees need to know.

Overall, I learned so much about marketing and sales and I gained hands on experience while working with an amazing team.

I am so thankful for the opportunity to have been an intern at Unilever in China!

I know I will use what I learned in my future career.

Thank you!

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Teach in China! Andrew’s Experience

When I first came to the Chengdu American Center for Study Abroad, in the Spring of 2014, I was pleasantly surprised.

Most of the classes are small – about 5 to 15 people – and there is a great sense of team spirit. The academic atmosphere is enhanced by being at the Huaxiba Campus of Sichuan University (SCU), one of the top-10 universities in China.

With students (above).

The famous Clock Tower near to our Center, with staff and visitors from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

A Public Speaking class (above)

Our Center students with an SCU student.

Also, our Center provides faculty and students with opprtunities to travel within China. For several semesters in a row, we have been given the opportunity to go to Xi’an the ancient capital city.

The Muslim quarter of Xi’an (above).

Also, there is always a new opportunity around the corner – an opportunity for learning more about China, for professional development, and for making a positive contribution on relations between the two countries.

With a Center student and staff member at the Chengdu Sports University.

Being with the Chengdu American Center, faculty are periodically invited to judge English speaking contests in high schools (above), and be a guest lecturer with programs at Sichuan University (below).

Extra-curricular and sporting options are many in Chengdu. Touch rugby is a lot of fun, and so too is tackle rugby.

The Chengdu Pandas, with some Kunming Flying Tigers (above).

Some of us Pandas organized touch rugby day at Sichuan University.

There is a lot happening in China, especially in Chengdu, with 15 million people.

My curiosity drew me to this construction site (above), and I was given a tour (below).

For the curious person, who likes to explore the world, China is a must.

Thank you!




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Austin Returns to China: Alumni Update

Austin Harris, from Carroll University in Wisconsin, came to China in the Spring of 2015. He became a g-MEO campus Ambassarod upon his return to the United States.

Estella Fu (from g-MEO in New York) and Austin Harris, alumnus.

Austin’s experience with the Chengdu American Center changed his life. Now he has immediate plans. In his own words:

First, I will be participating in a month-long retreat at a Buddhist monastery inTaiwan, composed of courses, meditation, and a cultural tour of the island.

After that, I will be heading to Hong Kong to start a full-time position at the Lingnan University, as a Visiting English Tutor in the English Language Support Centre.

The bright lights and big city of Hoong Kong.

Practicing teaching English in Chengdu.

Indeed – Austin Harris completed a successful Spring 2015 semester in Chengdu, and he now finds himself living and working in Hong Kong. Congratulations!


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