4886a威尼斯城官网 ， (17) What is your plan? What will you do after graduation?
What do you plan to do when you go back? I will come back and seek a teaching and research position in a leading busi ness school in China。
101. What difficulties do you think you'll encounter in your studies in Britain/Canada/Australia?
(18) Give me three reasons that you will come back to China?
Well, besides initial language difficulties, I'll have to adjust to a different system of education and research. I've heard that students are usually quite active in the classroom and often ask questions of their professors. We don't do that at all in China, but I do think it's a good way to learn. In China, we aren't taught to question the professor nor the textbook. But in Britain, I know that it's important to not just accept what you hear or read without trying to truly understand it. On a minor note, I'll be a bit confused at first about using the library, and I won't know exactly what to do when I want to buy a meal in the cafeteria.
The first reason is I’ll take care of my parents。* They will one day become old。I can not leave them alone。The second reason is, I think it is much easier to find an academic position in China than in the States。* I believe I will have a bright future in China。The third reason is I would like to contribute what I have learned to my country。
102. Can you imagine what life in Britain/Canada/Australia will be like?
(19) If you can not find such a position, what will you do?
I have seen many pictures of Canada. I'm looking forward to the fresh air and beautiful
If so, I will turn to my second choice。I would like to find a research position in our government。You know, there are some research centers in our government。
scenery. In some ways I can just picture me there. But, I've never been to Canada before, so what I picture now, I'm sure, is not even close to what it will actually be like. Even though some of my friends have already immigrated to Canada or they're studying, I can only get a partial glimpse of what it will be like. I'm looking forward to the adventure!
(20) What will your salary be then?
103. How do you think you'll feel being so far away from your family?
About 10 thousand RMB yuan per month。
Of course I will miss them deeply, but we plan to email each other a lot. I know that my family will be alright in China, and probably they will be more worried about me than I will be about them.There's no doubt that it will be a sacrifice for us to be apart during my time in Australia, but as the old saying goes, "No pains, no gains."
104. What do you want/intend to study?
I plan to study Business. Hopefully at the master's degree level. I've heard that if I can get an MBA from a university in the West, my chances of getting a good job in a joint-venture company is very good. If I can't get into Business, then I hope to study Computers. Business is really my first choice, though.
105. Which university are you going to study at?
It's a small university in eastern Canada called Mount Allison University. It has a very beautiful campus, but it's quite remote. The nearest town is at least an hour's drive away. It'll be quite a change from living in a big city, but I'm looking forward to the peace and quiet.
106. Why did you choose this university? Could you tell me why you chose to study at (name of university)?
a. The London School of Economics is especially famous for Business and Economics. I have been in contact with some professors at the university, and Professor Duncan will be my supervisor for my research project. His work is right along the same lines as my research work in China. We're quite excited about the chance to work together, because we both feel that we can learn from each other, and also bring the best of the East and the West in Economic research.
b. (Name of university) is famous for my major. I have been in contact with some professors at the university, and Professor (last name) will be my supervisor for my research project.
107. Where are you going to study in Britain/Canada/Australia, and why?
In Toronto. There are three reasons for this: Firstly, it's in the south of Canada, where the climate is suitable for Chinese. Another reason is that there are many Chinese in Toronto. Finally, the University of Toronto, the biggest university in Canada, is located in this city. I was eager to study at this university after I visited their web site.
108. What are your plans in Britain/Canada/Australia?
a. I plan to study at Monash University under Professor Smitty. That should take me about 4 to 5 years to complete a doctorate. While I'm studying, I'll also be doing a lot of research in my field, and hopefully I'll be able to contribute to Professor Smitty's work. Besides the academic side, I do plan to travel all over Australia and see the sites. I want to really get a good sense of Australia and how people think and live there.
b. I've thought about this for a long time. As you know, I'm married, and my wife gave birth to our first child at the beginning of the year. So, though we applied for immigration as a family, I have to go to Canada first because my baby is too young. When I arrive in Canada, I must solve the accommodation problem by using my savings. Then, I'll try to find a job to provide for my family. Finally, I hope to study part time for a master's degree if I can find a job, or I'll have to apply for a loan to study full-time if I am unable to find a job. After a maximum of six months when everything is organized, my wife will bring our daughter to Canada. Then, as a family, we will build our life together in this new country.
109. What do you hope to gain most from your study abroad?
I hope to have a broader understanding of life in general. I know that I've lived a fairly
sheltered life from the outside world so far, and there is much to learn from living and studying abroad. I really want to improve my English to the point when it's second nature to me. Also, I want to be able to take the best from the two cultures (that of the East and the West) and live my life with the best of both.
110. What do you think your studies abroad will do for your career?
It will help me to get a good job when I return to China. I know that if I want to work in a
joint-venture company, I really must have fluent English, and preferably also a degree from a western university. Also, in order to work well with American or British colleagues at work, I think it's important to really understand where they are coming from. By studying abroad, I'll have first-hand knowledge of what people in America think and why they think this way. I'm sure this will help me relate better to my western counterparts.
111. What kind of differences in the cultures are you expecting between China and the UK?
I think the UK will be more religious than China, and I'm looking forward to visiting a church there. Also, business in the UK will be more formal — based on contracts, and a lot less on connections. I think that will be a bit hard to get used to. And, I think that life will move at a faster pace in Britain. I am not really looking forward to that, but I think I'll probably adjust after a while. I'm certain there are going to be other major differences that I'll encounter — perhaps in mindset or attitude, but I think I'll have to experience those things before I can really understand them.
112. What effect do you think your studies will have on your career when you get back to China?
If I can acquire some international management experience, I would have an opportunity to find a senior position with a Chinese company, because most companies now must cooperate with multinational corporations.
113. What do you intend to do after you graduate?
I plan to return to China and get a good job or if I have further opportunity, I hope to do some further study in my field once I complete this degree. It's hard to really say what I'll be doing after my studies, because I do think that many doors will be open to me once I complete a degree in Canada. I really do intend to return to China and working in some capacity here. But, it really depends where I can get a good job.
114. What will be some of your challenges you foresee when you come back to China?
I have heard that some people have a "reverse" culture shock when they return to China. I think that I might have that same feeling. It'll be another kind of adjustment to return to my homeland after having spent so much time studying abroad. I'll certainly see things with a new perspective. In terms of a job, I don't think I'll have a problem getting a good job, actually a better job, when I return to China.
115. Do you think you'll have any problems adjusting back to life in China?
Well, it may take me some time to get used to my culture again. I don't really know how big that adjustment will be though. Also, I'll have to look for a new job and probably a new placeto live. That won't really be a big problem, but it will take some time to settle back down. I've also heard that sometimes people don't really adjust at all back to their homeland. They've tasted life abroad and they feel kind of boxed in once they return. I might feel like that too, but I hope not.
116. What kind of changes will you have to make when you come back to China?
Yes. I'll have to look for a new job and another place to live. I have told my boss that I'm going to study abroad. He said he would hold my job for me, but I don't think I want to resume the same position at the same company when I return. I will definitely be looking for something bigger and better. And, because my housing is linked with my current company, if I don't continuethere, I'll have to find a new place to live.
117. Do you think there might be a gap between what you learned from your studies and the level of knowledge you will encounter on arrival?
a. I don't think there will be much gap because I read all the latest research that is being conducted in my field. I know that some people think we are all backwards in China, and we are just learning things that people in America learned ten or even twenty years ago. But, I have been reading everything I can find in my field and area of research. Certainly the Internet has closed much of that gap.
b. There will definitely be some gap because some of my subjects used older text books, and my professors in China didn't always keep at the forefront of their fields. I don't really know what the gaps will be, though. Some of my friends who went abroad said that it took them about a year to close the gap. They didn't elaborate on exactly what the gap was, but they said it was here and there. Not in any particular area. I'm expecting to encounter some gaps, but I believe through hard work, I will be able to handle them alright.
118. Are there any special places you want to see in Canada? What are they?
I want to see the Rocky Mountains in British Columbia and I also want to visit Quebec. I have heard so much about the beauty of the Rocky Mountains. Also, I heard that Quebec is quite different than the rest of Canada. Some of my friends told me that it's like visiting Europe. Even though I don't speak French, I think it will be a very interesting place to visit. Eventually, I hope that I can drive all across Canada and really spend time getting to see all the famous sites.
119. What kind of things do you particularly want to do in Canada that you can't do here?
I want to buy a car. In China it is so hard to buy a car. There are all kinds of restrictions. Even though I've had my driver's license for more than a year, I still haven't had much opportunity to drive. Many of my friends bought a car once they arrived in Canada. It's quite funny actually, because many Chinese are eager to buy their own car. Another thing I want to do is visit my former English teacher who lives in Vancouver now. I met her in 1992 when she taught me English at my university. We've kept intouch until now, so I hope I get a chance to meet up with her again.
120. How do you like your life in (name of university)?
a. I don't like it very much. The dormitory is very crowded, the food is tasteless and my
teachers aren't very inspiring. When I was a high school student, I was looking forward to university life so much. I'm quite disappointed, because it's really not what I expected. I know that I should probably make the best of the situation, but life is very boring for me right now and I have little motivation to look on the bright side of everything.
b. I like it alright. Sometimes it is a little sad to live in the university, but I have made many good friends and I enjoy my major. It was hard at first to live apart from my parents, but I think that it has been a good change for me. I am much more independent and more able to deal with troubles on my own. My courses are mostly interesting too, so I'm glad that I chose the major I did. I am kind of dreading the day when I graduate, because it'll mean that my university days are over.
121. What do you think of the training you got at the university?
a. I think most of my courses will be helpful in the future. My university has tried very hard to keep up to date with the latest developments in our field. Having said that, there are some compulsory classes which I have no interest in, like politics and history. But overall, I do think the university has provided me with a good education. I don't think it's possible to learn everything one would need for a job, but I am satisfied with my courses and know that they will give me a good start.
b. I don't think it's very good. There are some compulsory classes which I have no interest in. Also, our facilities are not very modern, sothere are many things we cannot do.
122. What aspect of English do you find the most difficult?