Welcome Week

The new academic year began with Welcome Week. I don’t know other students’ feelings, but to me, Welcome Week is more like a party.

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Actually, Welcome Week did start with a party-Global Buckeye Celebration. With food, games, and dancing, the celebration provided a good opportunity for new students to meet each other. I want to mention the dancer who led the dance that night. At first, not so many students danced with her (International students, especially Chinese students, are too shy to dance in front of a crowd). But slowly, maybe influenced by this brilliant dancer and the atmosphere she created, more and more students joined her. However, I did not join the dancing at last (Yes, I am shy 🙂 ), but I tried some games and the pizza tasted great!

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Another important event during Welcome Week is the Involvement Fair. Hundreds of organizations exhibited themselves on the Oval. In China, our university students also have an Involvement Fair but on a much smaller scale. Besides, the main aim of the Chinese Involvement Fair is to attract new members for university association, while the Involvement Fair at OSU was just like a university-wide celebration!

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Finally, a concert pushed Welcome Week to an exciting climax. I was shocked because I had never seen so many people on campus before. In front of the Union was a huge crowd of people, on the street was a huge crowd of people…Some of my classmates were trapped on the street as the buses had to changed their routes.

In China, students are not allowed to have so many activities in their first week: people believe that students should calm down and get prepared for a new semester. Party? No way. But I do love Welcome Week in the Ohio State University, it gave me a wonderful beginning to my new academic year.

My First Day at Fisher

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I am a first year full time MHRM student. As an international student from China, I experienced a lot of “first times” at the Fisher College of Business. I still remembered the day when I first saw our college: I stood opposite the street and looked at Fisher Hall. It was hard to describe my feeling. Everything was just like a dream as it was 2 months ago. I was in China celebrating my graduation with classmates, but now I am standing in front of a world-top business school! I was also excited because I knew that I would pursue my dreams here.

During orientation, I had a chance to take a close look at the college. In Chinese, we have an expression called “Gao Da Shang,” which means “marvelous, gorgeous, splendid and posh.” I think nothing is more suitable than this word to describe my impression of Fisher. Led by second-year students, I visited our school. I found the atmosphere here is a prefect mixture of business and academy. I love this atmosphere.

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The last thing I want to mention is the clothing code at Fisher. We are required to wear business causal on the first day of our orientation. Chinese students (including business school students) do not usually wear business suits in the university, so “business casual” is not a familiar word to us. Therefore, my Chinese classmates and I spent a lot of time the day before the orientation discussing what to wear the next day. I have to say, it was the first time I wore a business suit. The influence was amazing: suddenly I felt I am not a student but a professional business woman.

I know some Chinese students might meet difficulty in adapting to American life. They may become homesick or even upset. Here is my advice: be open to new experiences and challenges, and enjoy your new life.