Newsletter: Summer II 2017

The Chengdu American Center for Study Abroad enjoyed a wonderful Summer.

These highlights of Summer Session II (academic, internships, and special events) are shown here.

ACADEMIC LIFE

This Summer II, the Center offered a wide variety of courses, taught by professors from American University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and the Univrsity of Miami. Also, Prof. John Dulmage of Norwich University remaining in Chengdu to establish new internships.

Above: Public Speaking students participate in animated debates.

Below: Prof. William Zimmerle, whose Philosophy course held debates, holds a special session at the English corner.

Our students visited Chengdu from Pennsylvania State University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, University of California Riverside, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and several local institutions.

Several local Chengdu students joined our summer program as part of the Diamond Scholarship Program for Outstanding High School Students. From left to right: Leo Liu, Eric Hu, Dr. Jingyu Wang, and Jason Xia.

The Center held a “Joint Class” with Sichuan University at the Wangjiang Campus. Students from both programs demonstrated their public speaking skills.

Above: A special instructional session on 3-D printing, a new technology to replicate items.

Above and below: Prof. Andrew Bosworth’s Silk Roads class visited Chengdu’s International Railway Port, accompanied by Professors Tanjim Hossain, William Zimmerle, Dr. Jingyu Wang, Prof. John Dulmage and Sara Luo.

INTERNSHIPS

Our Center provides students with internship opportunities. Among the providers this summer we included Unilever, Lansen Rehabilitation, DeHeng Law Offices, the Huamei Education Center, and LaoWai Here.

Above: Justin Myers on the left, with Lansen Rehabilitation supervisor, and Mike Salas on the right.

Above: Ericka Leynes at work at DeHeng Law Offices.

Above: Omar Sadek practices his teaching skills with the Huamei Education Center.

Above: Visiting a new internship provider, from left to right, with staff member Danica Sun, Prof. John Dulmage, a representative for the social workers, Dr. Jingyu Wang, and another worker representative.

CULTURAL TRIPS & SPECIAL EVENTS

Some of our students, with Professor Michele Barto and Tanjim Hossain, at Chengdu’s Global Center.

Above: Students visiting the Wenshu Monastery and neighborhood, led by staff member Sara Luo, center.

Above: Visiting Dujiangyan’s Panda Park, led by staff member Mandy Li.  Below, Amol Agarwal adding his good humor.

Above: Our intern, David Hampton, leads discussion for the new English Corner program. This non-profit program is an outreach activity, designed to introduce our Center to the wider community.

Above: Our Center’s dance class brought together both students and faculty.

Above: Wanye Jones poses in the Sun at the Ancient Town near Chengdu. Wanye’s home university is the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Student Ruby Krause makes some heartwarming statements at the Farewell Ceremony.

Overall, this was an outstanding summer, and we will cherish the memories.

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Mike Salas: My Internship in China

Mike Salas, on the right, at his internship with Lansen Rehabilitation in Chengdu, China. Mike came to the Chengdu American Center for Study Abroad from Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey.

My Summer 2017 Internship Experience at Chengdu LANSEN Rehabilitation Clinic Co., Ltd.

My 10-week internship at Lansen Rehabilitation Clinic allowed me to gain a lot of experience in different areas of the company, which I greatly appreciated as it tested how well-rounded of an employee I was in addition to just specifically learning more about the health field.

Some of my time was focused on teaching English to the 14 Chinese staff that consisted of receptionists, physical therapists, pediatric therapists, and yoga instructors. This involved making an 18-page assessment test for them to take to measure how proficient they were with the English language, by creating a reading and writing section with questions ranging from elementary to advanced-level English.

I also had exposure with their inclinometer, a device that was used to measure the angle of a patient’s spine to see if it was abnormally distorted. Then, the physical therapy division introduced me to the machines they used to perform a physical examination for their patients and test their bone density. One of the physical therapists there, Helen, also let me test two machines on myself that provided either magnet therapy or electron therapy.

In addition, I composed a draft for a contact that will be used to legally state the terms and conditions of the services that will be offered between Lansen and a division of the government. Additionally, I correctly translated documents describing Lansen’s services in child massage, sports injury, orthopedics, and physical therapy, and I had the opportunity to work at the front desk with the other receptionists as new and returning patients came in and left the clinic.

Overall, my summer internship has tested me on how well I can perform in the workplace when pushed outside of my comfort zone, especially with a culture and language that I still have much to learn from!

I’ve definitely learned a lot about myself while staying on top of values like communication, uncertainty, and trust so that I could stay on track with my co-workers at Lansen. I hope I can continue to push myself like this in the set of successes and failures I will encounter in my next work opportunity, whether in America or abroad!

 

 

 

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My Internship in China, by Ericka Leynes

Ericka Leynes, from St. Peters University, successfully completed an internship in Chengdu, China, with the DeHeng Law Offices.

Ericka’s summer internship and academic experience with a Professional Development class was organized by the Chengdu American Center for Study Abroad.

Below, Ericka relates her internship experience.

My Internship Experience

Being able to work in DeHeng Law Offices has been an amazing experience for me. At the beginning of my internship, I did not know what as I was going to expect. I thought I was going to be left out, since I was only a junior majoring in International Business and the rest of the Chinese interns had their Master Degrees in Law.

However, Ms. Zhu introduced to some of the lawyers, secretary, and office managers. After Ms. Zhu introduced me to the staff in the firm, she let me pick where my desk to work.  I felt relaxed and the firm felt pleasant to work in.

I did not get to meet Mr. Wu the first time I started to work in DeHeng because he was away for a business trip. The following week, I got to meet him and he was friendly and introduced me to all of the lawyers and staff in the office. The tasks that I worked on included editing and drafting legal documents; giving presentations on representing the firm to international students visiting the firm; and researching about international laws and intellectual property. In addition, I got to participate in daily meeting with the lawyers and attend meetings with potential clients.

I also got the opportunity to work with four other interns; two of them were from Korea, one was from France and then the other was from Hong Kong. It was nice that I got to work with other interns in the firm.

At first, I was working part-time because I had a class in the afternoon for four days of the week. In the second week of July, I began working full-time. I looked forward to coming into work to work with the other fellow interns and to greet the other lawyers in the office. There was always an assignment for me to do with the other interns, so there was not a day where I felt bored.

This internship has provided me knowledge about intellectual property in the People’s Republic of China, in the United States, and in other countries around the world. It has also provided me a glimpse of what the life of a lawyer is like and it made me realize that I enjoy the work and the type of environment.

Even though I am majoring in International Business, I have found a career that I can combine my love for the law, travel, and business. I have decided to that I want to become an International Business Lawyer that specializes in Intellectual Property.

I am grateful to be given this opportunity to work at DeHeng Law Offices because it has helped me grow as a person, pushed me out of my comfort zone, and discover what is my passion. Everyone in DeHeng Law Offices was friendly and they made me feel welcomed. I am delighted that I got to develop a close friendly relationship with my supervisor, Mr. Wu and one of my coworkers, Mr.Yan. I am also pleased to have befriended and become close with the interns that I worked with in the firm. I am excited to use my experience that I have gained in my future career.

 

 

 

 

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Omar Sadik’s Summer Internship in China

Omar Sadik, from the University of Rhode Island, arrived in Chengdu to participate in the Chengdu American Center for Sudy Abroad’s internship program.

Omar’s Chinese language ability has rapidly improved, and he is convinced that China is the right place for his future career in teaching and tutoring.

My Internship Experience, by Omar Sadik

This past summer I was blessed with the opportunity to learn from several different internships in Chengdu, China.

Over the past two and a half months, I have done full-time and part-time internships with Moss Alan Enterprise, the Huamei Teaching Center, and Laowai Here.

Prior to my internships, I had cabsolutely no teaching experience, not to mention teaching English as a second language to young Chinese people.  Now, I am extremely comfortable teaching English as a Second Language because of my internships. Also, I have found teaching to be an enriching experience.

My internship at the Huamei Teaching Center began Mid-July and lasted for a month.  At the teaching center, I was assigned as a private English tutor to a young intelligent girl named Laura who was 10 years old.

Being that it was my first experience as an English teacher, I was slightly anxious to see whether I was capable of being an effective teacher.  I also wondered whether I would be able to get along well with my student, as I know some children can be difficult.  Laura was a very smart girl with a full schedule, taking dance lessons, piano lessons and Chinese Lessons, so I knew that her family took her education very seriously.  I made it a priority to try and make her English Lessons as fun as possible, by allowing her to exercise her creative mind by talking with me about her friends and vacations, then allowing her to make up and write her own sentences.

After spending two hours with Laura every morning for one month, I am proud to say that her English level increased from Stage 6 to Stage 8.  It brought me satisfaction to see how much she had improved in such a short time-span, using more advanced vocabulary words in her sentences and being more confident when speaking in English.

When I first began teaching Laura, I needed to help her write her own sentences but by the time our month was over, she was capable of writing on her own which made me proud as a teacher.  We also played UNO card games and she would teach me colloquial Sichuanese words.  After a month of morning classes, Laura and I built a friendly Teacher-Student relationship and she has become like a little sister to me.  I am very proud to see the improvements she has made in her reading, writing and spoken English.

will use the skills and knowledge that I gained from each internship experience to improve myself professionally and personally, so I am very grateful for everything I have learned and am also grateful for the opportunities that GMEO has provided for me.

I would also like to thank the companies and schools that have welcomed me as an intern, teaching me the necessary skills to complete the required job tasks, treating me as if I was one of their own employees.

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Newsletter: Summer I 2017

The Chengdu American Center for Study Abroad enjoyed a wonderful Summer I session, with students and faculty from many institutions, including Penn State University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Carroll University, Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, Arizona State University, University of Colorado, Norwich University, Stevens Institute of Technology, St. Peter’s University, University of Michigan, Lafayette College, University of Rhode Island, Northeastern University, and Beloit College.

The International Yoga Festival in Dujiang Yan

Tristan Francis, bound for Harvard’s MBA program, provides a workshop on Public Speaking.

Liu Jiang Ancient Town

Tai Chi at the Center

Prof. Andrew Bosworth’s Public Speaking class

Calligraphy at the Center

Sports Day at Huaxi Campus

Above: Jinsha Site Museum

In class

Rugby Day

Tasting pineapple on Jinli Street

The Detective Game

Dr.Jingyu Wang with students and US Consulate representatives

Farewell Ceremony

 

 

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My Internship With DeHeng Law: A Summary

By: Iryna Chorniy (St. Peter’s University)

I am beyond pleased with my internship at DeHeng Law Firm. At first, when I started my internship at DeHung I was not sure what to expect. Unlike all the Chinese interns who had a Master Degree in Law, I was only a sophomore majoring in Political Science.

Before my interview, I was both intimidated to intern at one of the most successful law firms in China. However, after meeting Mr. Wu and later Mrs. Zhang, I felt at ease and could not wait to start my internship. From day one I realized that DeHeng Law Firm is a perfect match for me.

My coworkers and supervisors made sure that I feel welcomed by making me tea, letting me pick  my own desk, and introducing me to every single lawyer, secretary, and office manager. My internship has allowed me to actually learn about how to be a lawyer by watching my supervisor for two days per weeks. Just by closely observing the lawyers around me, I have attained many important skills that I would not have learned in law school, but which are needed in order to be a successful lawyer.

It was fascinating to see how my supervisor used different techniques to fit a particular situation. The lawyers were always willing to assist me with any questions that I had and would find time to talk to me and help me understand Chinese law and culture better.

Every single person whom I met at DeHeng has taught me something and contributed to my overall experience in China in a positive way. While I mainly focused on editing and drafting legal documents or researching present cases and legislations, I was never bored because every day I was challenged and learned something new. For example, drafting legal documents helped me acquire knowledge about the laws of the People’s Republic of China, while attending meetings with potential clients taught me how make good first impression to ensure future cooperation.

Soon Tuesdays and Fridays became my favorite days of the week and I could not wait to take on a new task. Also, to my surprise my supervisor valued my opinion and asked about my thoughts on different cases. I was treated more as an equal than a subordinate by the people around me and developed close friendship with my supervisor and legal advisers working near me. I felt truly appreciated, respected, and loved by my coworkers who are both accomplished lawyers and humble and kindhearted individuals. I feel very fortunate and grateful for this exceptional opportunity and for all the people I have met and for everything that I have learned at DeHeng Law Firm.

This internship has helped me to grow as a person, learn about the differences between American and Chinese law, push myself outside my comfort zone, and I cannot wait to use the experience that I gained in the future.

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Spring 2017: Second Mini-Semester Newsletter

Spring 2017 was a fun and exciting semester, and we finished out the Spring with high spirits. Above, Kaina Arias (Concordia University of Chicago) and Iryna Chorniy (St. Peter’s University) wear the traditional dress at the Sichuan Opera.

They are joined below by Alexa Pieragowski (Rose Hulman Institute) and Joseph Johnston (University of Colorado/ Boulder).

Kaina and some friends took the high-speed train to Chonching, a thriving industrial city famous for its hot pot and river boats.

Above, Karina Moreno (Fairleigh Dickinson University) shops for curiosity items on Jinli Street.

Above, Pro. Andrew Bosworth’s Professional Development class visits Decathlon for a manager’s tour, joined by Professor John Dulmage and intern Michelle.

Above, David Hampton (Norwich) returned to Chengdu for another semester, making great progress with his Chinese lanaguage skills.

Above, our cohort playing sports with the Amazing ILTS students. The students played touch rugby, ultimate frisbee, and badminton.

Who can spot our students? Karina M., Kaina, Iryna and David joined the event “Youth League Debate Challenge.”

 

Above, Karina Ramos (Norwich University) cooks up an Italian dinner for our food celebration, and she celebrates her birthday in the Mexican style, including having her face smeared with some frosting.

Above, Alexa and Kaina surrounded by panda bears at Jinli Street.

One of our 2014 students, Joseph Hope (Norwich) passes through Chengdu on his way to Tibet, after having visited dozens of countries in just two years. To his right, Dr. Jingyu Wang, our Center’s Director, and Professor John Dulmage.

Joseph, Iryna and Karina M. visit a music group of Chinese students associated with the Sichuan Conservatory.

Above, our cohort visits a Chengdu mental health community center, with Prof. John Dulmage and our Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Sherry Sun.

From Left to Right: Vice Chairman Zhu Yicheng of the Sichuan Overseas Chinese Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Jingyu Wang, Director of Chengdu American Center; Ms. Liu Yiqin of the Sichuan Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese; Dr. David Change, Chairman of GMEO; Dr. Sherry Sun, Chief Operating Officer; Prof. John Dulmage; Mrs. Cecilia Chang; Prof. Andy Guth; Ms. Diao Yuan Yuan, Vice President of Open University in Chengdu; student Joseph Hope; and student Joseph Johnston.

Above and below: Our magical farewell dinner, on the rooftop of a beautiful hotel, with singing in Chinese. The dinner included barbeque food, including oysters.

Our Center’s Director. Dr. Jingy Wang, entertains guests from the Foreign Affairs Office, and delivers our farewell speech.

 

 

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High-Tech Internship: Joseph Johnston

With my internship with Effect Mobi, I became friends my team and developed a good grasp of their strategies. The company is a Chinese digital advertising firm, composed of four teams, each  focusing on complementary tasks.

The first team is the legal team, responsible for any legal questions or issues. The second is the technical team, with the job of building and maintaining the necessary software.

The third team is the provider team, working with digital advertisement providers such as websites to fill their available advertising spaces.

The fourth and last  team is the seeker team, searching the web for companies or any organizations that would like to advertise their products or services but have difficulty finding an appropriate host for their advertisements. The provider and seeker teams work closely together to connect those who want to advertise with those who can advertise.

I was assigned to the seeker team. There were seven of us, and our primary source for finding organizations that would like to advertise themselves was the social networking site LinkedIn. We would pour through company listings, which would change by the hour, examining what we could about companies and whether they may be a candidate for our advertising providers. If we thought so, we would email the company and discuss further.

Though LinkedIn is used most the company, I am happy that I was able to introduce my team to another site called AlgelList that focuses on connecting investors with early stage companies and as such provides a lot of public information on these companies.

I think the best way I was able to assist my team was by helping them communicate with partners and clients in English over email. Since Effect Mobi focuses on customers around the globe, they communicate with them in English as an international language. Reading emails and understanding what the sender intended to say was often difficult for them, so knowing English well enabled me to help them communicate over email more efficiently.

For a total of ten weeks working at Effect Mobi, I had a lot of fun working closely with my team. Interacting with those from another country with another culture and another language, especially in the context of problem solving, has presented many humorous situations due to our different perspectives. For example, when we read emails together, we often had different ideas of what the sender was trying to communicate, and comparing our ideas and arguing over the sender’s intention was particularly funny and engaging for us.

I am grateful for having had this opportunity.

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G-MEO’s Spring 2017 Excursion: Xi’an

The G-MEO Chengdu American Center for Study Abroad recently led the Spring 2017 students on a trip to Xi’an, China’s historical city and former capital during the Tang Dynasty.

Here are some of the most memorable moments.

From left to right: Iryna Chorniy (St. Peter’s University), Joseph Johnston (U of Colorado/ Boulder, Alexa Pieragowski (Rose Hulman Institute), Kaina Arias (Concordia U of Chicago), Karina Ramos (Norwich U) Prof. John Dulmage (Norwich U), Prof. Andy Guth (American U), and Karina Moreno (Fairleigh Dickinson University) - with intern Michelle Wu taking the picture.

Enjoying the scenery rolling by.

Above and below, our students in the Shaanxi History Museum.

Above, the famous “Terracotta Warriors” that are being restored.

Above, posing in front of the enormous display for the warriors.

Above, Prof. John Dulmage is a terracotta warrior!

Above and below, visiting the HuaQing Palace.

Above, at the famous statue by HuaQing Palace.

Everyone was surprised at how large the terracotta warrior display was. Students were also impressed at the magnificence and long history of Xi’an.

Fortunately, the cohort enjoyed beautiful weather with clear blue skies. All in all, this trip created a memory to cherish.

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Spring 2017: First Mini-Semester Newsletter

This Spring 2017 semester has been busy and fun for the Chengdu American Center for Study Abroad, with G-MEO.

The Spring 2017 cohort enjoying a the Panda Center. From left to right: Karina Ramos (Norwich University), Iryna Chorniy (St. Peter’s University), Kaina Aria (Concordia University of Chicago), Joseph Johnston (University of Colorado/ Boulder), Alexa Pieragowski (Rose Hulman Institute), David Hampton (Norwich University), Karina Moreno (Fairleigh Dickinson University) and our staff member Mandy Li.

Students visiting the Wenshu Monastery with Chinese buddies from Sichuan university.

An SCU Buddy and Joseph lighting incense.

Here, students from the Sichuan Conservatory of Music playing traditional Chinese folk music.

Iryna and Karina wearing traditional Chinese dresses.

Wednesday mornings we play various sports: touch rugby, ultimate Frisbee, badminton and basketball.

Chasing down Michelle, who is our new intern.

Above: Playing cards with Chinese students at the English corner.

We also learned how to play Ma Jong this semester.

Above and below: Playing “Running Man” with students from the University of Electronics, Science and Technology of China. This game was adapted from a popular Chinese television show.

Joseph as a Running Man.

Students visiting the Chengdu International Sister Cities Exhibition Hall. The students are writing what they like about Chengdu.

Above: Students enjoying a family visit in Chengdu.

Our Spring 2017 semester is halfway over…

Goodbye for now! Another update coming soon!

 

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