Grad­u­ate: Stud­ies ‘most ful­fill­ing I ever had’

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - Wang Yongfu Wang Yongfu spoke with Zhao Xinying. FIRST PER­SON

Wang Yongfu, who was among the first co­hort grad­u­at­ing from Wen­zhou Kean Univer­sity in May, was ac­cepted by a com­puter science Mas­ter’s de­gree pro­gram at North­west­ern Univer­sity in the United States.

Ial­ways dreamed of study­ing in the US, but my fam­ily was un­able to sup­port my four-year un­der­grad­u­ate stud­ies there. So I com­pro­mised by at­tend­ing this co­op­er­a­tive Sino-US univer­sity in China.

My par­ents were wor­ried that, be­cause the first class of a univer­sity that hadn’t es­tab­lished its rep­u­ta­tion, I may en­counter dif­fi­culty in land­ing a job after grad­u­a­tion. But I de­cided to take the chance and give it a try.

I still re­mem­ber the first sev­eral days, when I couldn’t un­der­stand most of the lessons given by the pro­fes­sors all us­ing English. For­tu­nately, the lan­guage bar­rier was over­come after I was im­mersed in the all-English teach­ing en­vi­ron­ment for a semester.

Things be­came more fun after I could com­mu­ni­cate with my pro­fes­sors smoothly. The teach­ing meth­ods pro­fes­sors em­ployed are very prac­ti­cal, with a strong fo­cus on de­vel­op­ing our abil­ity to study and work in­de­pen­dently.

For ex­am­ple, in a class about com­puter games, the pro­fes­sor asked us to note our think­ing and feel­ings about the games. Then the pro­fes­sor di­vided us into sev­eral groups based on our an­swers and as­signed dif­fer­ent home­work to each group.

The home­work was in fact a project, andthe pro­fes­sor gave us the nec­es­sary guid­ance and as­sis­tance dur­ing the whole process to en­sure that the project could be com­pleted. It’s re­ally a re­ward­ing process.

The pro­fes­sor also en­cour­aged us to present our find­ings at aca­demic con­fer­ences, in­clud­ing at some in­ter­na­tional ones. Such ex­pe­ri­ences made my aca­demic back­ground look stronger and con­trib­uted to my suc­cess­ful ap­pli­ca­tion for grad­u­ate stud­ies in the US.

I re­mem­ber that I came to Wen­zhou-Kean with doubts and con­cerns four years ago. Now look­ing back, it was the most ful­fill­ing and cre­ative pe­riod I ever had.

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