SAF Spring Correspondent Zichen Lin from Ocean University of China is reporting from American University.
The afternoon I discovered American University's WSP program on the SAF website, I realized it was important for my future. As a graduate student of economics, it was a difficult decision to apply for an overseas study program, especially with only a little over a year until graduation. My parents told me that I should focus my energy into career planning and skill upgrading; however, I finally chose WSP because it felt right to me. Only through experiencing it myself will I be able to determine whether journalism and new media is the right direction for me.
During the preliminary preparation, I spent a lot of time and effort on the internship interview as well as packing my luggage. WSP requires students to choose an internship as their academic practice — this is a challenge for me. Although I have internship experience in China, internships are a little different in China compared to the U.S. For instance, resumes in China require an ID photo and your gender, but this is not required on an American resume. I have also been preparing for my video interview; having the interview in English still makes me a little nervous, and there’s a time difference I have to consider. I have to try to do my best.
Packing my luggage was also hard for me. This is the first time I've been away from home for an extended period of time. Fortunately, one of my teachers provided me with valuable suggestions. She advised me to bring my passport, admission notice, I-20 and other important documents; a small amount of clothing and daily necessities, such as medicine, my glasses and patch boards; and small gifts from my country to gift to my friends in the United States. I decided that my gift will be Chinese tea.
Although preparing to study abroad kept me really busy, it was very memorable, because I learned an important lesson in the process: rely on yourself and do not give up. Now, I sit in my dorm, excited about next week's courses. After waiting for so long, I start this new journey in my life feeling completely confident.
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