One thing in particular relating to that, was internship credits. I'm currently working with the International Studies department (third major) to get 2 internship credits for my time abroad. It actually really complements the requirements from Flagship, because we need to have a confirmation letter, end of internship evaluation letter, and write a long report on the experience for both INTL and Flagship, so the only extra things to figure out are a faculty adviser and registering the credits. For once in my experience dealing with a University bureaucracy, it has been relatively smooth coordinating everything while abroad. There is a wonderful woman in the INTL office who has answered almost all of my questions, and those she didn't know, she just said it! No "I'll check on that, let me forward you to so and so", she just would say "I don't know that answer, you should check with the undergraduate adviser". Amazing! I'm definitely getting her a gift when I get back.
I'm really excited to start, especially because I've been plotting. I had to write a 4,000 character research paper for my writing class related to my major, and I chose to write on the difficulties of learning to write Chinese characters and teaching methods. So I'm hoping that once my internship gets in full swing and regular classes start, my teachers will be willing to let me sit in (probably ok) and observe students and how they learn characters (maybe ok). Hopefully from that I can expand my research paper into a thesis paper and possibly graduate with honors. I like plotting, it makes me do more with my time :p. I hope everything works out, I'd love to really make this free year worth it!
After new years it was straight back to work, preparing for our end of term papers and presentations. I did my media presentation on Tuesday and the writing one on Thursday. The media class presentations (14 students) took about 4 hours, and of course where I had wanted to go first, I was dead last. For writing I jumped and went first, spending the rest of the time working on other things and paying attention to some of the more interesting presentations.
Friday we had our last internship training and final banquet. During the afternoon portion two alumni came and talked to us about working in china (where they still work), and it turned out that one of the speakers was my roommate from four years ago in Qingdao! Her name is Susan and she's an Ol' Miss alum. It was nice to catch up with her and see what she's been up to. The training was very useful because the two speakers actually told us pertinent information relating to working in china, from Chinese manners to dress code to networking.
That night we had the banquet. It was large, with 30 flagship students, their roommates, and some guests (spouses and friends). It was a tasty dinner with some performances and goofy going away things, like little awards (I was miss sunshine, I wonder why??). We also got our flagship certificate for the study abroad and a group photo.
|Me and Lily!|