I chose NYIT because it provided me with the bilingual mode of education. By learning my major courses in English and Chinese simultaneously, I can easily communicate with professionals in the field, integrate information both from home and abroad, and make my future career more selective. Besides, I love animations very much, since my childhood. For instance, DreamWorks Studios, Pixar Animation Studios and Hayao Miyazaki, they build the world in my imagination and realize things with magic.
During my college life in NYIT, I found it fascinating to organize a team to shoot a film. We had to prepare the stuff needed during the shooting, write scripts, and invite actors to join with us. Then, when we shot the film, we had different opinions. After argument and discussion, we sought common ground while shelving our differences. Finally, the complete production of our film came into the world, after several weeks of endeavor and perspiration. We all felt delighted and contented.
NYIT’s practical value
I expect to use my language advantage to find a job in an international company, because my language proficiency is approximately equal to the students in the English major in Chinese universities. NYIT helped me learn English better and more accurately, especially on the facets of pronunciation and vocabulary. In addition, NYIT includes disciplines such as critical thinking and philosophy, which enable me to analyze subjects in multiple aspects using a wide and global perspective.
NYIT also sponsored job interviews by inviting international companies to our campus, which really helped us to find internships and jobs.
I was hoping to find . . .
To be honest, when I came to NYIT, the first thing that came across my mind was that I could learn directly from foreign teachers without going abroad. After studying here, I found that my experiences matched my expectations quite well. As far as I am concerned, I have no difficulty in listening to the native English. I can keep up with my American professors very well and adapt to their ways of thinking. The difference I discovered along the way is that the awareness and values between our two nations still differ and depend on diverse conditions.
Adapting to an American university
The most impressive challenge I have had during my study was to find materials and finish reading them before class, as well as handing in the papers before the due date. The due date, the deadline, is of unique significance; it is not common in a Chinese university.
On the bright side, I have learned local English-speaking cultures by listening to the native professors. I could show my opinions while interacting with my American professors. Also, my professors do not judge me on my point of view; instead, they give me suggestions to make my points more complete and accurate.
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