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The 2010 CSB/SJU Students
|Ellis, Samuel||Computer Science|
|Fraser, Redmond||Modern/Class Language|
Your long term plans
|Backes, Grant||I am currently in my third year of undergraduate education as Physics major at Saint John�s University. I have a strong interest in theoretical physics and particle physics. I plan to attend graduate school for a PhD in Physics and would enjoy a career conducting research.|
I am a double major in the fields of economics and mathematics. I intend to work in China for one or two years after I graduate, and then return to America to study my Ph.D in Economics. My long run goal is to become a professor of Economics, and to research behavioral economics. I am especially interested in comparing the behavior of Chinese people to that of Americans.
I am a Computer Science major and a History minor. I am planning to go to graduate school after graduation next year. I hope to get a degree, preferably a doctorate, in Robotics, Computer Engineering, or Software Engineering. In the long term future, I hope to either be a researcher in one of those fields, or I would also like to be a college professor in the field of Computer Science or Robotics. I am hoping to get a research position during graduate school and I believe this exchange program will be a great experience no mater what I decide to do.
I am a sophomore resident assistant, majoring in Chemistry with an Asian Studies minor here at St. John�s University. I am also taking the pre-medicine courses. After graduating, I plan to go to medical school then specialize in Anesthesiology. After getting my medical degrees, I would like to work in China for a few years before doing some volunteer work at home.
|Freeman, Michael||I am currently a junior biochemistry major here at Saint John�s University. I am also a teaching assistant and tutor for the introductory biology students. As for my future goals, I plan on going to graduate school for cancer research. I am strongly interesting in the areas of signal transduction pathways and gene expression. Then if all goes well I hope to obtain a job in private industry doing research|
I am currently a Junior at Saint John's University. I plan on graduating in the spring of 2011 with a major in Applied Physics and a minor in Mathematics. After I graduate from Saint John's, I hope to attend the University of Minnesota to earn my master's degree in mechanical engineering. After that, I plan on working as a mechanical engineer.
|Kerrigan, Jill||I am an American Chemical Society Chemistry Major. I am currently a sophomore at St. Benedict. After graduation, I want to spend a few years working for a volunteer program such as the Peace Corps or the AmeriCorps. I plan on attending a graduate school and becoming a government researcher that travels around the world collecting data and performing experiments.|
|Klein, Billie||I am currently studying psychology and Spanish at the College of Saint Benedict. The spring semester of 2010 I am spending in Guatemala with a study abroad program. There am I attempting to solidify my Spanish skills. After graduating from Saint Benedicts I plan to attend graduate school to receive a Ph. D in psychology. For at least part of my graduate experience I plan to study in a Latin American country and hope to complete an intercultural thesis. In the future I hope to work with Latino youths in the United States as a psychologist. I feel many communities fail to reach out to Latino youths with compassion and cultural understanding, and as in most cultures psychological aspects are most often ignored. It is my wish to change these norms and work from an enlightened perspective to aid this extremely at risk group in the United States.|
|Noel, Elena||I am currently a student in my third year at the College of Saint Benedict. I plan to graduate in the Spring of 2011 with a major in Biology and a minor in Hispanic Studies. I especially have an interest in medical sciences and I am part of the Pre-medicine program at CSB. After graduation I hope to enter into a MD-PhD dual degree program where I can pursue my interest in both research and patient care|
Events and Dates
Important Documents. Complete and return to Dr J immediately after spring break (requires passport number) Need to update these forms for the 2010 group!
Follow the sample form when you fill out the SWU form. Instead of 1 semester, put down Summer Research May 15-June 30.
Likewise use the sample form when you fill our the Visa application with the following changes:
For # entries: Single Entry
Date of 1st entrance: Say May 12 to be on the safe side
For Counties, Cities and Provinces, say: Beijing, Chongqing, Beibei, Chengdu
Longest Stay: 55 days
�Before You Go�- a great place for information about Financing Study Abroad, Scholarships, Passport & Visa, Health and Safety, What to Take & How to Pack, ISIC �etc) .
International Student ID Card (ISIC): Get one through the Education Abroad Office
Study Abroad Student Handbook for 2009-10
Orientation Session 1: February 18, 2010, 7:00 PM, CSB. Room: ASC 104
Orientation Session 2: March 30, ASC 104, 7:15 pm. ASC, CSB.
Orientation Session 3: April 12, ASC 104, CSB
Predeparture: May 4, ASC 104, 1:00-2:00
Information from students: Few have filled out these forms. You MUST.
- Health and Emergency Contact Form.This is an on-line form the students complete. https://www.csbsju.edu/internationaleducation/mayjune/HealthandLiability.aspx Students should log on (using their CSB|SJU information) and complete the necessary information.
- Waiver of Liabilityform for short-term study abroad can be found at: http://www.csbsju.edu/internationaleducation/mayjune/Short-TermInternationalWaiver.htm The students should print the cover page to be signed by them and their parents. (They should read the PDF�s which are attached to the forms.) If they have any questions they can feel free to contact you or I. Please collect all of the waiver forms from the students and submit them to OEA.
May 12: (Wed) Departure for China
May 17: (Monday) Departure from Beijing to Chongqing (see schedule below)
June 26: (Saturday) Return to USA
August 6: End of research at CSB/SJU; Chinese students return to China on ??.
Internal Flight Information: For internal flights, go to the airport in time, find an Air China counter, show your passports and you'll be checked in.
Remember to bring
Health items to bring
Tums, Pepto-Bismol tablets
Imodium (very important)
Cipro and any other prescription drugs
Sunscreen (not much)
Baggage InfoNorthwest Airlines
Checked Baggage Weight and Measurement:Baggage is measured by adding length, width and height to determine the total number of linear inches/centimeters.
Lab Expections at SWU
I would like everyone to write a blog describing their general experiences (in and out of the lab) in China. This will be available to all through the CSB/SJU Center for International Education Weblog and Chatroom Page. Use good judgment in your posts. Here are the important links to get you blogging. Tell your family and friends about it.
General Travel from the State Department: Travel and Business
Link to the CSB/SJU CHIN 111 site. This may or may not be useful.
Weather in China
General China Information
Books About China
Coming Home Crazy by Bill Holm - Hilarious and well-written, a series of essays on life in China in 1987 by a Minnesotan English professor.
River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze by Peter Hessler-- The account of an American Peace Corps volunteer of his life in a city just downstream from Chongqing. Very interesting and insightful, and perhaps more relevant to our experience of China.
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang- A biography of three generations of women spanning the time before World War II to the current era of reform and opening. Fascinating.
Colors of the Mountain by Da Chen - A memoir of a boyhood in rural China during the Cultural Revolution. The second book -- The Sound of the River - is now out.
Fiction by Ha Jin, including Under the Red Flag and The Bridegroom (collections of short stories) and In the Pond (a short novel). Most of these stories are set in or directly after the Cultural Revolution, and give a glimpse of Chinese ways of thinking.
Heart of the Dragon (12 part series on China)
The Chinese: Adapting the Past, Building the Future -
A Great Wall--A Chinese American family visits relatives in China--full of cultural misunderstandings and cultural connections
Iron and Silk (the book is better, but the movie does have lots of examples of cultural adjustment and learning)
The Mystery of Chi -part of the Healing and the Mind series with Bill Moyers--fascinating
To Live - A family's trials though more than three decades in China, from before the revolution, to the Great Leap Forward, the Cultural Revolution and beyond. A great film.
The King of Masks - A bit lighter, this movie takes place in Sichuan province in the 50's. An old man adopts (buys) a son to carry on his trade as a street performer, but gets a surprise. A good story with a happy ending, and you get to see some places we'll go.
The Emperor and the Assassin � A historical drama of the unification of China by the first Qin emperor.
Farwell my Concubine - An epic spanning a half century of modern Chinese history, and a melodrama about life backstage at the famed Peking Opera (Ebert)