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CET: Beijing
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Nora Van Horn

Liberal Arts Major(s): Chinese, Philosophy
Hometown: Loretto, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

Talking with Beijing locals, like my roommate or taxi drivers -- these conversations illustrated my language growth and how, if I lacked a language ability, some connections would have been impossible.

This experience enabled me to not only increase my control of the language but also develop an awareness of the opportunities available for Americans capable of speaking Chinese

How did this experience impact you academically?

Being in China elicited a personal realization: I'd prefer to not be just a "书呆子" (bookworm, lacks street smarts), but rather someone who has a heightened ability to connect with others using Chinese due to an understanding of the colloquial language and Chinese culture.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience enabled me to not only increase my control of the language but also develop an awareness of the opportunities available for Americans capable of speaking Chinese. In the future, I would love to return to China -- especially if there's a job opportunity there.

How has the Paterno Fellows Program had an impact on this experience?

The Paterno Fellows Program's emphasis on the mastery of multiple fields transformed my China experience. I often found myself having conversations about topics that pertained to my other academic interests, particularly philosophy and environmental justice. These conversations allowed me to develop a deeper understanding of Chinese culture and society -- and learn some more niche vocabulary words!

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