During the conference, we talked about the focal topic that I chose about study abroad. Professor asked me a few questions for example, the audiences of my topic, how can I get to know what people think about study abroad and so on. In my opinion, I think high school students, graduate students and their parents will be my audiences. I am an international student from China to United States. That could be pretty much easier for me to use my own experiences. In addition, study abroad have both advantages and disadvantages for students. Our discussing did not change my topic. I have several ideas about this topic. Firstly, I will use my own experiences to write the feeling by myself. For example, the life and study. Later on, I prepare to ask some friends who stay in the university in China and make some comparison between Chinese universities and foreign universities. Finally, I want to make a comparison and make sure study in the original country better or study abroad.
The first source that I found called “Benefits of Studying Abroad”. https://www.studyabroad.com/resources/benefits-studying-abroad This article talk about several advantages for study abroad. For example, there have three points, the first one called Personal Growth. You can globalize yourself, broaden your experience, take the challenge, the second called Professional Growth. You can look great in an interview, discover a new career path and gain interpersonal skills. The third called take the next step.
The second source that I found called “disadvantages of studying abroad”. https://mariaabroad.com/disadvantages-of-studying-abroad/ This article talk about several disadvantages of study abroad. For example, you are not a genius, you are alone, reality can be disappointing, nothing is free and reverse culture shock.
The third source that I found called “College life in China vs. America”. https://international.uiowa.edu/news/college-life-china-vs-america This article written by a Chinese student. “Recently, I got a phone call from one of my best friends since high school. She lives in China and attends university in Beijing. After our chat, I started thinking about the differences between college life for a Chinese student here and in China.” In this article, the writer talk about the things before college, “My friend, Zhuo, represents a large number of traditional university students in China. They take the college-entrance exam (GAOKAO) at the end of the 12th grade. It is highly competitive and can be taken once a year. Only 75 percent of 9 million students can be enrolled in college. International students such as me usually take one “gap” year to study for the American SAT as well as the language exams TOFEL or IELTS. Then we apply for universities in the United States. Later on, the writer make comparison in different regions; studying, majors, life, transportation and living arrangements.