IMBA Study Abroad: Last week in China!

This is our last week in China! We went back to the Jimo market to do some last-minute souvenir shopping. There was a man at the exit who sold watches and also happened to carve seals. I picked a beautiful white seal, wrote down my Chinese name, and watched as he drew it on, carved, tested it, carved some more, tested it again, and so on until it was perfect. The work ethic here amazes me. People really seem to take pride in their work and enjoy it. They are very dedicated. Construction sites are open 24 hours a day! You can see the buildings rise before your eyes . . . it’s pretty impressive.
Getting a seal made with my Chinese name
Getting a seal made with my Chinese name
Testing the seal
Testing the seal
Buying blackberries
Buying blackberries outside Jimo market

I returned to the restaurant where we had our first Chinese meal, Daqinghua Dumplings. This time I went with my MSU friend Lauren and two Chinese friends we met in Qingdao, Julie and Nancy. The dumplings were just as delicious as the first time, and they even let us wear the hostesses’ hats! 🙂

Daqinghua Dumplings hostesses!
Daqinghua Dumplings hostesses!

This week we also had our last Taiji class,

Last Taiji class
Last Taiji class

and our last Mandarin classes. We all aced our exams, which made our teachers very happy. And we gave them thank-you gifts, which made them even happier! Giant teddy bears, red carved lacquer boxes and jade charms. They loved them.

Gifts for our LaoShis - Teachers
Gifts for our Laoshis (teachers)
Last Chinese language class
Last Chinese language class

Later that night, we had our closing ceremony and dinner. We went to a very nice hotel where a private room was set up for us. The dinner was lovely, and we had great conversations with the school faculty. We each said a few words in Mandarin about our time in Qingdao and experience at the university. It was great practice and our teachers were very encouraging. We made a lot of progress from our first day here!

Closing ceremony and dinner
Closing ceremony and dinner

After dinner they set up Karaoke in the same room and we spent hours and hours singing and dancing.

Closing ceremony and dinner karaoke!
Closing ceremony and dinner karaoke!

After the ceremony we went back to LPG, one of the bars we frequent, and played some pool. The Mandarin teachers came with us and stayed for a couple of hours. They even joined in on the pool game!

Playing pool with the Laoshis!
Playing pool with the Laoshis!

Afterward, we said goodbye to our teachers with lots of hugs and kind words. They truly helped us immensely with our Mandarin proficiency. They were patient and understanding the entire way. We will always remember them and our amazing experience as Qingdao University students.

Saying goodbye to Wu Laoshi
Saying goodbye to Wu Laoshi
Saying goodbye to Wang Laoshi
Saying goodbye to Wang Laoshi

Future International MBA (IMBA) students, I cannot say enough wonderful things about this experience. I highly recommend selecting Mandarin as your foreign language to learn during your IMBA studies, and taking advantage of the amazing opportunity that is the China Track. You will be glad you did!

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@Jeffrey – This is great news and indeed calls for a round. Given the job losses with the pandemic and increased focus on enhancing skills and remote learning, online MBA is the best investment from ROI standpoint for 2021… Go Panthers !!

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