Study Experiences of American Students in Chengdu

Authors: Arianna Lara Rivera & Onyx Flores


The reasons for studying abroad can be many and vary from person to person. Some people want to know more about a culture, learn a new language or simply want to become independent and learn how to live alone. Whatever your motive is, the reality is that traveling far from your home country and your family brings many teachings, but at the same time fears.
At the beginning of an adventure, we all have fears and those questions like, what will it be like in Chengdu? Will I be fine? Is it worth it? At the end of our travel, all these questions are answered with a "It's one of the best experiences I've had in my life" because that's what traveling is all about.
Today, I want to introduce you to Onyx! She is a student at the g-MEO Chengdu American Center for Study Abroad. The major of Onyx is Criminal Justice and she is currently a junior at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. As I have been telling you guys, this semester we have a mix of multicultural students. The parents of Onyx are from San Salvador, Central America. Therefore, like many of our students, she can also speak two languages, Spanish and English. Onyx will share with us some of her fears, thoughts and first impressions of Chengdu and its culture.
Onyx Flores
I have to say that I never thought I would ever come to China, and even less to study in Chengdu. When I first started the process of applying to study in China, I thought it was a crazy idea, that I was going to back out or once I got here I was going to hate it and be depressed. However, it has been a great experience so far and very rewarding. Adapting to the culture, lifestyle, food and time in Chengdu has obviously been a bit of a struggle. I am not used to air drying my clothes, or eating spicy food, but living and learning is something that we all have to go through at some point in our lives.
Meeting Chinese students, "buddies" and people has been very interesting. They are very welcoming to foreign people and are eager to know about you and show you around. On our first day we met them, they wanted to have lunch with us, make plans with us and even help us get around the city. In addition, the idea of obtaining an internship in China scared me a little for the simple fact that I do not know the language. During the interview, the interviewer was really welcoming, he was very interactive and was glad that Gabby and I are going to be interning with him this fall semester.
Although the interview did not go as I expected, I am glad to be able to have this opportunity. I know that my main goal is not to become a lawyer, but interning at a law firm will give me an insight into what type of cases lawyers here deal with and what type of crimes are committed here to have a better idea. Chengdu has definitely turned out to be the opposite of what I thought, I actually love it here and cannot wait what else it has to show me for the rest of the semester.

City to Offer Internships to American Students

On May 31, a visiting delegation from the US Norwich University exchanged, in depth, views with the Chengdu Association of Social Workers (CASW) on an international internship program, by which American students can take internships in Chengdu in the remaining months of this year.

Jun 01, 2018

Art Exhibition: Record of Future

The art exhibition titled Record of Future is running at Chengdu Art Academy, displaying about 80 outstanding works selected from over 1000 entries by students from art institutions in Sichuan.

Jun 27, 2018

Overseas Students See the Creative Chengdu

18 oversea students from University of Electronic Science and Technology of China and Southwest Minzu University had a visit on July 17 to some famous hi-tech enterprises.

Jul 25, 2018

Chengdu Offers 8,000 Home, Overseas Students to Experience the City of Panda

On July 24, the opening ceremony for the 2018 Chinese and Foreign College Students’ Experience Tour in Sichuan, was launched in Chengdu.

Jul 26, 2018

Exhibition for Art Works by Han Tianheng and His Students

An exhibition showcasing the beauty of calligraphy, painting and seal cutting is underway at Chengdu Du Fu's Thatched Cottage Museum.

Oct 15, 2018

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