My Wonderful Life in the USA
My name is Yazhuo Wu; I was a student in International Finance College in 2004 and I came to American on September, 2006. My American life is better than my classmates’ because I was the only one who lived in the host family after we got here. Therefore, I’m closer to an American life.
I’m lucky because my American parents are really nice people. They always tell me American history and the situation of Today’s society. We also talk about the customs and economic between China and the United States. If possible, they will take me to the island house to play. We have our boat so we can go sailing and see the sun rising and seabirds. We also have fire at night; all are classical in American life.
America’s festivals are different from China. The big festivals here are Halloween, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. On Halloweens, her granddaughter dressed up as a witch, and she took us to ask for candies from neighbors at night. On Thanksgiving Day, they took me to their relatives, and I enjoyed a plentiful and traditional American dinner. Before the big dinner, we prayed to God and Jesus Christ, and then we talked about who and what we were thankful for. At that moment, I felt we needed to study Thanksgiving. On Christmas Day, which is the biggest festival in the United States, we made up the Christmas tree together at home. My host mother had a big box with lots of ornaments in it; every one has its own story. After the big dinner, Americans like to send gifts to one another. She gave me a woolen blanket and I gave her a cross stitch which I made myself with Chinese feeling. Those are the customs we don’t have in China right now, which make me feel American culture deeply.
A short time ago, my host parents’ daughter married, and I was honored to attend an American wedding in a church, and feel the solemn and exciting spectacle when the couple followed the minister’s words. What most moved me was the opera and concert, which I attended with my host mother. I can see the people with formal clothes and elegant actions, and the show was traditional and classical western music and dance. Those are not common in China, and that’s my first time to see those in my life.
I have been here for half a year; I feel the life level is much higher in the United States than in China. Their material life is so abundant that their spiritual life is plentiful. I’m so lucky I am a member of our college and that I have an opportunity to go abroad. I’m luckier that I came to America to study and live. Undoubtedly, this is the best choice for me, which will change my life and help me establish a firm foundation.
University in St. Louis圣路易斯华盛顿大学奥林商学院，现在已经被美国UIUC伊利诺大学香槟分校录取升读硕士学位学业。
我是北师大国际金融2+2专业、04级的学生张薇， 现在就读于美国华盛顿大学奥林商学院。 借北师大珠海分校建立华盛顿州教育培训中心之际，向母校北师大和合作院校美国绿河社区大学表示最诚挚的谢意。并且，向积极推广中美1+1+2 项目的老师们表示由衷的敬意。毫无疑问，我能取得今天的成绩，正是得益于这样一个融合中美教育的项目。下面，我想谈谈我是如何受益于1+1+2 项目的。
在美国绿河社区大学就读的第二年，让我对美国的社会，文化和教育状况有了更直接的了解。美国绿河社区大学国际事务处的老师们，精心筛选并推荐了一系列既能体现美国文化又能展现其人文气息的课程， 像社会学，心理学，人类学等。 通过这些课程的学习，使我对整个美国社会形态的形成，政治、经济、文化等有了更为深刻的认识，从而开阔了我看问题的视野，更好的适应在美国的学习生活。 为了使我们顺利进入心中理想的美国大学， 学校还开设了一些讲座，对我们申请美国的综合大学予以指导。国际事务处的老师更是全力支持并且配合我们的申请， 让我十分感动。
04 级 学生 张薇 3/15/07
Dear teachers and friends,
Hello, my name is Wei Zhang. I graduated from International
Finance College of Beijing Normal University Zhuhai
Campus in 2004. I am now a junior student studying in
Olin Business School of Washington University in St.
Louis. During this time of establishing Washington State
Education and Training Center, I want to show my sincere
appreciation to my home school Beijing Normal University
(BNU) and our cooperated school Green River Community
College (GRCC). I also want to thank the people who
are dedicated to the development of 1+1+2 program. Unquestionably,
all the accomplishment I achieve should be attributed
to this program which integrates both Chinese and American
education. Thus, I will talk about how I benefit from
the 1+1+2 program in the following parts.
During my freshmen year, the classes I learned from BNU/Zhuhai provide me the consolidated base for my abroad study. Everything the teachers from IFC prepared for me, no matter is the selection of teachers, the setting of class or the arrangement of our extracurricular activities,? gives me the most efficient and sufficient support. For example, in order to well-joined the domestic and abroad education together, IFC recruits a lot of experienced teachers and scholars who have received the higher education from British and America to teach us fundamental and professional classes, and all the classes are given in both English and Chinese. ?In addition, the course materials adopted are the most popular one that recommended by British and America higher education constitutions. These not only enhance my ability of listening, specking, reading and writing, what’s more important, all the professional knowledge I accumulated can better applicable to my future learning. Meanwhile, IFC invites plenty of famous economists and holds some finance seminars so as to let us know more about the world’s current economic situation. This undoubtedly provides us a microscopically understanding towards the economy issue of the world.
My sophomore year in GRCC, on the other hand, gives me the opportunity to have a more direct comprehension towards the society, culture and education of America. The advisors from International Program Office (IP) select elaborately and recommend a series of classes which can well represented the essence of American humanistic community. Such as sociology, psychology, humanity and so on. Through the learning of these classes, I now broaden my horizons towards the issue and have a profound understanding of the formation of social structure of American society, politics, economy and culture which helps me better assimilated into the study and life in America. In order to help us get into our dream school in America successfully, GRCC often holds some information secession and gives some guidelines on the application of the university. The advisors from IP, like Ross Jennings and Sarah also give me a lot of encouragement and support which I deeply appreciate.
With the basis of former two years’ Chinese and America
education, I can now successfully get into Olin Business
School and well adapted to the life here and continue
my last two years’ academic study. Although there will
be a lot of frustration on my path, I believe that,
with the support of BNU/Zhuhai and GRCC, I will be
more confident and firm with my future study. And I
will try my best to use my success to repay all the
hope and help that the teachers give to me.
A WAY TO SUCCESS
I am the second BNU group for studying in the United States. I am studying in Green River Community College (GRCC) and I was accepted by Indiana University. I am impressive about the education in the USA and I want to talk about “1+1+2” program and community college transfer system for sharing them with Chinese students who prefer to study in USA.
For the definition of community college, most Chinese are curious about it and think it is just like the technical and career training school or continue educational school. It is not true. Community college is an educational institution providing higher education and lower-level tertiary education, granting certificates, diplomas, and Associates' degrees. Under the protection of the US law, the credit which the students get in community college can be transferred to the 4-years universities. Comparing to study in the 4-years university directly, it is belt-tightening to go to community college and transfer to 4-years University. Further more, it is good for international students to accommodate the education and society in the USA. The tuition for GRCC is $8187 per year while the tuition for Public Universities like Indiana University is $21,379 per year, Ohio State University is $21,348 per year, and University of California in LA (UCLA) is $33,595 per year. The private university like Washington University in St. Louis is $34,500. Chinese culture and American culture is so different. Comparing to the 4-years university, the easier course setting is good for Chinese students understand American society and culture. In addition, Small-Size class teaching is good for Chinese students to accommodate the teaching style of the American professors, get the explanation from the professor in detail and increase the understanding for the students from different culture.
The transfer system has been shaped for a long time. Community College also can help some high school students finish their high school courses meanwhile they finish their college classes for transfer. It can help them save the money and time for entering the 4-years university earlier. Because they study the university class in the community college and can get the credit which can be transferred, they just need study another two years when they enter the university and get the bachelor degree finally.
“1+1+2” program is a good framework designed by Beijing Normal University (BNU) Zhuhai Campus International Finance College and Green River Community College (GRCC). It is good for some excellent Chinese students go aboard for study some advanced knowledge. It let students study in BNU one year transfer the credit to GRCC, and then, study in GRCC one year. At last, Students will be transferred to 4-years University and get the bachelor degree. Because students study in English including books and lectures, this program saves money and make students learn gradually. At present, BNU international finance college has 38 students in GRCC. 9 students have been transferred to well-known universities including USC in Los Angeles, Indiana University, Washington University in St. Louis and Arizona State University. Another 4 students have been accepted by Indiana University and Ohio State University. In USA, GPA above 3.5 can make a student go to a top university. BNU students who study in GRCC have created the 3.78 average GPA. It gets the attention of the governor in Washington state and the governor invite the president of BNU/Zhuhai Mr. Miao to come to Washington state to meet her. The governor also hope and USA embassy in China focus on “1+1+2” for the educational cooperation between China and USA.
In my opinion, as the first strongest county in the world, USA also holds the strongest educational resources and most advanced knowledge and information. It is better than Australia, New Zealand even British. It should be the first choice for Chinese students go abroad for the bright future. “1+1+2” is an opportunity for success.