If you are an international Chinese student who decided to visit the campus or finally get to study in the USF, typically, all you know about the USF is that it has a beautiful backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge. But, in fact, it’s a place that is like no other in the state of California where you will love spending time and learning new things that will have an impact on you for the rest of your life.
But what you do not know are the things that really make the experience what it is. The USF’s students explain and advise on things that they learned during their time and what you are really in for at this prestigious place of learning.
The best thing about the campus is that it is located right in the middle of San Francisco. Being at the heart of the city, one has convenient access to the top amenities. If this is going to be your first experience living away from home, Golden Gate University is a great place to start off, sure to have an impactful impression on your experiences as an independent adult.
Here is a sneak peek of what’s in store for you at the campus, by the students of the City College of San Francisco. All the things that international candidates, especially Chinese students look for in a home away from their country are provided here. Don’t take our word for it, the current students tell all you need to know to choose the City College for your studies abroad.
Imagine yourself in a classroom to learn the English language; you have probably envisioned this before when you decided that you might need classes to be able to speak the universal language fluently and correctly.
Studying abroad is everyone’s dream. It is a chance to freedom and independence, as well as an opportunity to live in a completely different country and get to know about its culture and norms.
Education in Сhina has been a leading factor in attaining cultural standards and being an important figure in the society. The education system though has always had something up their sleeve to qualify a candidate for an entrance to a college known as the GAOKAO.The meanest kind of examination all high school students have to go through to win a spot in college. It has been known for some time now that students go for insane miles to pass this particular exam.
American colleges and universities have formed associations for Chinese-American students, offering them a place to celebrate Chinese culture as well as meet new people. For most schools their purpose being to promote a better understanding and identification with the (Chinese-American) culture and heritage. This is a non-profit organization and serves the growing Chinese-American community to promote interest and awareness in Chinese-American culture.
Joining your university’s Chinese American Student Association (CASA) as with any organization has its own advantages and disadvantages. Generally CASA’s help students adjust to campus life including providing an easy-going environment helping students make friends and have fun. CASA’s help promote cultural diversity as the association is usually involved with other cultural associations such as Taiwanese Student Association (TASA), Hong Kong Student Association (HKSA), Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA), ThaiSA, and others. The largest and official organization for overseas Chinese students and Scholars registered in most tertiary institutions is the Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA). Continue reading
Chinese pride has been deeply influenced by the 5,000 years of culture, technology and history in China. A lot of technology was invented by the ancient Chinese, some of which has changed the world greatly making it what it is today. Some great contributions include the invention of paper, gunpowder and the seismograph, which are recognized worldwide and still used to this day.
Below are just a few facts about China the Chinese are proud of:
The Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China is the longest wall in the world, it is over 10,000 miles in length and was built over 2,000 years ago. The Great Wall’s main purpose at the time was defense, and as such it was built a fortification-type wall. Other purposes of the wall included border controls, today the Great Wall is a major tourist attraction in China, visited by both Chinese and foreign nationals. Among the Chinese it stands for power, an unbeatable power despite bitter conditions, known as The Great Wall Spirit. Chinese today are tremendously proud of the wall as it is seen as a crystallization of ancient Chinese people’s wisdom and hard work. The Great Wall is greatly respected and viewed as the symbol of the Chinese nation. Continue reading
The Dragon Boat Festival, also known as the Tuen Ng or Duanwu （端午节 – duanwujie）Festival, is a traditional and statutory holiday originating in southern China. The festival commemorates the death of poet and Minister Qu Yuan during the Zhou Dynasty, and a large part of that celebration includes racing dragon boats. Dragon boat racing has emerged in modern times as an international sport and this festival is celebrated outside China as well, including in the US.
The festival held in San Francisco, California is currently the largest one held in the US, it was also the first state in the western hemisphere to host the Duanwu in 1983. The Duanwu celebration in California is currently organized by the California Dragon Boat Association (CDBA), a volunteer nonprofit organization. It occurs on the 5th day of the month of the traditional lunar calendar annually. Since the Chinese calendar is lunisolar the date varies from year to year, this year the festival falls on June 20. However, it will be celebrated on different dates throughout California. The food traditionally eaten at the celebration include zongzi (sticky rice treats), drinking Realgar wine, however treats like cupcakes and other Asian cuisine is available. Continue reading