China is a beautiful country. Rich with history, culture, food, and life, China is a must-see destination for everyone. This summer I had the privilege of participating in the Hobson Wildenthal Honors College Collaborative Exchange Program with Southeast University in Nanjing, China. For two weeks, I learned about Chinese history, Confucius philosophy, traditional Chinese opera, and more. I was able to visit extraordinary places, such as the Ming Tomb, the Confucius Temple, and the Nanjing Museum, and meet incredible people whom I have since formed great friendships with. I have learned about the city’s tragic history, and I have learned about the need to build better relationships among ourselves, especially now. Although I am Chinese, I have learned a great deal more about my own culture and heritage from my experience in Nanjing. I have been to China in the past, but this was my first time in Nanjing. I have grown to love the city of Nanjing in such a short amount of time. I love the night life, the transportation system, the food, and the history. But, most of all, I love the people.
Without the Chinese students or faculty, our stay would have been drastically different. They created an amazing environment for the exchange students to bond with each other and experience college life in China. I am so appreciative of my time with the Honors College in China. The Honors College designed this program with Southeast University in order for both Chinese and American students to experience the culture and life of each respective country. I find opportunities like this to be not only important but also impactful on every student’s life. Traveling abroad and experiencing different cultures are rare, and I hope that people will see its benefits and take advantage of future opportunities.
-Jordan Chen, Faculty-led in China, Summer 2019