Pursue Your Dream.
Faith Bogue ’12
Traveling abroad helped me academically because I experienced the real-world application of what I learned in my International Studies courses. It also helped me to realize my own capabilities, the adventures involved with traveling, and how much there is left in the world for me to see, work for and experience.
I decided to study in China because of the sudden spotlight on the country in American media following the financial crisis. I studied at the Beijing Language and Culture University, where I took 15 hours of intensive Chinese every week to strengthen my knowledge of both the culture and the language. The experience was designed in a way that made it academically rigorous, language intensive, and challenging. At the same time, it provided opportunities for exciting travel around Asia, making it a well-rounded experience.
The most challenging part about learning Chinese and living in China is gaining the confidence to begin using your language skills. I went as a beginner and finally started speaking to shop owners and waitresses toward the end of the semester. I had finally gained the confidence to venture out on my own and actually initiate conversations with people. It felt great.