From“Hi” to “你好”


“Welcome to China” I was officially 7,350 miles away from anything I have known. In a new country, a new culture, and a new language. Inside of me, there was a mixture, of excitement and terrifying emotions, but there was no turning back. I knew whatever would come I knew my new home would be overall an adventure.

Throughout my courses, I was able to learn about business in China and also internationally. It was incredible learning how China’s business relations are important and how it works with different countries and companies. I was able to experience in person Multinational Corporations (MNC) global strategy such as McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, and Forever21. Looking at the bigger picture made me realize how connected we are a planet. For this past century, we have increased connectivity more than any era before not only in business but politics, negotiation, social media, art, and other essential ways.

Interacting with students around the world and from China, with professors, and local individuals in the country showed me despite the differences we may all have at the end of the day we are all humans and how connected we are. Building friendships and relationships with people of a different culture and language opened my mind that we have to stay together to have an impact on global issues.

This journey was a growing path, an adventure of a lifetime and one of the highlights of my college career. This opportunity exposed me to a different part of the world, and this exposure challenged me to know more about the world. A Chinese proverb says, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

– Jennifer Garcia, exchange at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Fall 2017