A Reflection of My Time in China

Ethical Issues in Engineering: Engineers are always trying to solve problems to improve people’s lives. As a result, a major ethical issue that arises is the question of, “Is this solution the doing the most good for the most amount of people?” Of course there are innumerable factors that make a solution helpful or detrimental to…

Day 12: A Bittersweet Last Day

It was hard to believe that today was the last of our two weeks in China. Our trip to the Yu Garden was bittersweet, it was a perfect way to wrap our packed schedule of events but also reminded me that it was one of the last times I would see many of the new friends…

Day 11: From Connectors to Nylon

Today’s adventure featured two company visits: TE Connectivity and DuPont. TE Connectivity’s international headquarters are 15 minutes from my house, so it was interesting visiting a branch of the company in a foreign country. Once we arrived at the company, our large group squeezed into a conference room where the head manufacturing engineer discussed the…

Day 10: Holy Port!

Today we took a trip to the second largest port in the world: Yangshan Port. Since the port was a two hour drive from our hotel, a guest speaker, Mac Sullivan, gave us a crash course on the port and logistics. Sullivan is an American living and working abroad in Shanghai because of the opportunities the city presents…

Day 9: University in China Part 2

Today we visited our second university in China: Donghua University. This particular college specializes in fashion design, international trade, material science, and information technology. A professor of economics gave us a lecture that focused mainly on the e-commerse business in China. As mentioned in our first lecture, the number of smartphone users is rapid; more…

Day 8: A Day of Travel, Anticipation, and Excitement

Today we left for Xi’an for Shanghai, which is the Chinese city I am most looking forward to visiting. On our 6 hour train ride, I took the time to reflect on my experiences so far. Compared to Beijing, Xi’an seemed much more traditional. To me, this was most obvious in the behavior of the…

Day 7: Terracotta Overdose

Today, our six day lucky streak of beautiful weather was broken. Our trip to see the Terracotta Warriors started off rainy and cold, and I as well as most of my peers were rain jacket-less and shivering. Luckily the museum was inside and the pits where archeologists were excavating were covered with large dome-like tents….

Day 6: A Day Filled with Compassion

Today we went to a Children’s Village in the rural outskirts of Xi’an. Children in this village are not orphans but rather their parent(s) are in jail. This non-governmental charity organization was founded to foster them until they get reunited with their families. Kids from ages are from 4 to 18 live and attend school in…

Day 5: Reflections and New Adventures

Today at 6 a.m. we left for the train station where we weaved our way through to our gate. When we finally boarded the high speed train for a 4 hour ride to Xi’an. On the train I reflected on some of my experiences thus far. Beijing was not as crowded as I was expecting….

Day 4: A Perfect Blend of Past and Present

Today we visited some famous cultural spots in Beijing. Our day began early with a trip to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Our tour guide told us that they only let 80,000 people in the square each day so it was important that we get there early to secure our spots. The city square…

Day 3: Silicon Valley or Beijing?

Today featured a visit to two companies: Cheetah Mobile and Microsoft. When we first arrived at Cheetah Mobile were ushered into a large meeting room where the CEO introduced the company and answered any questions we had. Cheetah Mobile is an app development company and is self-described as “the most Silicon Valley company in the East.” The…

Day 2: An Introduction to College in China

Today’s activity involved traveling to the Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE). The university is about an hour and a half away from central Beijing and is the 12th best business school in the country. Here we got the opportunity to meet and speak with current college students enrolled at CUFE. The Chinese students were…

Day 1: Wall, Great

My first day in a foreign country began at 7 a.m. With my brain fogged by the effects of jet lag, I got ready for the day and walked down to breakfast in the hotel loby. The foods I had to choose from were a mix of typical western breakfast foods, like bacon, scrambled eggs,…

My Pre-Departure Thoughts

My international experience to date is: I do not have any experience traveling to another country. However, I have gained a substantial amount of knowledge of Chinese culture from the elective I am taking this semester: Religion and Culture in East Asia. From this class I have learned about Chinese government, culture, religious beliefs, traditions, and…

Meet Plus3 China 2017!

Welcome to the China Plus3 Study Abroad Program! Each year, a group of freshman engineering and business students will conduct a 2-week field study in several cities China. The field study includes company visits, sightseeing, and lectures in China, and the students will learn about international dimensions of engineering, business, and culture. Each student will…