“I walked on the Great Wall of China.”
That is just one of the many experiences Brandon S., a junior Criminal Justice major at the University of Delaware, had while studying abroad in China this winter.
Traveling to a country that speaks a different language pushes you out of your comfort zone. “Learning to communicate despite a language barrier,” Brandon explains, “could be very helpful in my career interest of becoming a police officer since I would be communicating regularly with people of many backgrounds that may not speak English.”
Now that Brandon’s back in the United States, we interviewed him all about his trip. From walking the Great Wall to eating unique Chinese cuisine, the time abroad allowed Brandon to not only experience a new culture, but also helped him prepare for any professional experience he will have in the future. How so? Read our interview with him below to find out more!
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Major: Criminal Justice
Minors: Psychology & Sociology
Expected year of graduation: 2015
Where did you study abroad? China
It was a criminal justice trip so the classes were perfect for my major and for my requirements, and there are so many historical places in the trip itinerary that I really wanted to see.
What was the coolest thing you did/experienced/saw during your trip?
I enjoyed the Great Wall the most, just because of its historical significance and now I can say that I walked on the Great Wall of China. Despite the physical strain, it was well worth it!
One thing that I’ve learned through this experience is to be able to communicate with others who may not entirely understand my language or culture and be able to work with others who have diverse backgrounds.
What is the most challenging thing about studying abroad? How could this help you in your classes at UD and/or when you graduate from college?
The most challenging part of studying abroad would definitely be the language barrier. Learning to communicate despite a language barrier could be very helpful in my career interest of becoming a police officer since I would be communicating regularly with people of many backgrounds that may not speak English.
Keep an open mind when trying new food! There are several things that I ate that in the United States would give people the creeps, but were very good. The food in China was amazing and I will miss it so much! Also, keep an open mind in general… There are so many differences within the cultures I observed and it is very helpful to not only try to understand others’ thought processes and actions based on their culture and beliefs, but to also imagine how others view you based on their different cultures.
Interested in reading all about Brandon’s experience in China? You’re in luck! Check out the group’s blog for more pictures, insights, and stories!
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