|The international student building where most of my classes are held.|
In the US, all of my classes are 3 hours per week, but those hours are spread out throughout the week. Here in China, it is the same 3 hour classes, but the hours are not spread out throughout the week. Monday I might have a 3 hour class, but I won't have that class again until the next week. Whereas in the US, I would have that 3 hour class for 1 hour Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
|View of the “beach” in Dalian, no sand in sight!|
|Sky high view of Dalian.|
Another huge difference is that when there are Chinese holidays that students don't have class, they are often forced to make up those classes on the weekends. In the US, students never have to take any classes on weekends, even if that means having less days for classes. Both the longer class times as well as weekend make up days have been harder to adjust to, but I am starting to adjust as we move further into the semester.
|“Asian Squatting” in Dalian.|
|Chinese snacks are so colorful and very yummy!|
This semester, I am taking 9 hours of Chinese language, which I hope will give me a leg up to work in China someday. I am also taking courses on Urbanization of China, Macroeconomics of China, as well as Issues in Society in China. My hope is that these classes will give me a well-rounded education on a lot of what is going on in China and how to best approach a career here.
Matthew M. is the Fall 2016 CEA MOJO in Shanghai, China. He is currently a junior studying Global Business and Finance at Cedarville University.