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The Experience Sharing of WAT

2019-06-18 08:20:40

Summary:

Source: International Affairs Department

Work and Travel (WAT), a program of undergraduates’ working holiday to the United States in summer vacation, is supervised by State Department. It has been successfully operated for more than 50 years worldwide, and over 100 thousand undergraduates applied every year.

Since cooperated in 2014, seven students from our university had successfully participated in the program and highly complimented the three-month tour in the US as of 2016.

With the launch of 2017 WAT program, the International Affairs Department invited two students, Qichao Wu and Yang Wang, to share all their experiences in the US, which was not only an adventurous but a fortune of life.

Reporter: Hello! How did you get the opportunity to visit the US and what prompted you to do so?

Wu: One day, I noticed the poster (of the program) in the campus occasionally, so I contacted to the program director and inquired. The salary was a temptation to offset the expenditure on traveling and processing fee of the program.

Wang: For my part, I registered as soon as I attended the lecture (of WAT).

Reporter: What about the handicaps you had transcended in the US?

Wu: Language was the most difficult. It was the second day I arrived in the US, and spoke to my boss the first time without any help but gestures and postures. It was really embarrassing and difficult to convey my ideas. The adjustment to life also took me a lot of time. I cannot get used to the tap water, which can be drunk directly, or ice water as there was no kettle or hot water in the US. Furthermore, the food was yucky. It was so regretful to bring only one bottle of pickle there.

Wang: I was not used to the distance from my apartment, a private restaurant, to the Wal-Mart, which took me at least 20 minutes to drive there for one-week consume.

Reporter: What do you think is the difference between the American and Chinese?

Wu: Most of the Americans I met in the Forest Park focused on the life quality. Americans advocate fitness nationwide so the elder prefer to play kayaking alone. Kids are more independent and polite. They can stand up without crying and help after falling down in front of their parents. Compared to the conventional and conservative Chinese just sitting in the corner, Americans enjoy and let themselves go in the dancing party.

Wang: First, they have a completely different ideology money. My boss was a chef in a five-star hotel earing hundreds of thousand dollars a year, but now he is simply the owner of a small restaurant. The husband of my neighbor was the best clown in a circus with high salary, but now just a fisherman in the small town for the reason that he loves the blue sky here. Americans enjoy the life, rather than money. Moreover, kids moving out after 18 years old and seldom back home is also unbelievable in China.

Reporter: What do you think of their attitude towards Chinese?

Both: They were nice. Indeed, our motherland is strong enough to prevent foreigners bullying us. I love my country.

Reporter: What was the working status in those three months?

Wu: It had three phases: I was enthusiastic and curious at everything at first and then became indifferent and lost the passion of life. But I had been trying to adjust to the new environment and seeking for fun by talking with people who I serviced for.

Reporter: What is the achievement of this journey?

Wu: I am familiar with the whole process from applying for the Visa to making a traveling schedule after working, which made me more responsible and independent. It is better to travel ten thousand miles than to read ten thousand books. There is a map of the US in my brain now, which broads my horizon and enrich my experiences. If I have the chance, I will go abroad and see the world.

Wang: I am able to endure hardships more than ever no matter what I encounter. In addition, we should get used to the loneliness. I had a deep sense of loneliness when working without any touch with the world, but the toleration of the loneliness made you progress.

Reporter: Do you have any suggestions to junior students?

Wu: The program provides an opportunity to the students who can afford the fees to feel the world, which means you can get your money back by working there. I recommend to those who want to improve their English proficiency.

Wang: It is a great program to make us grow up and more mature. If you want to enroll in, you’d better watch American TV series without subtitles and try to be independent in your life. Before departure, it will be a good choice to learn Chinese food, bring common medicine and two pairs of glasses.

In June 2017, six students from different faculties will set off to the US. Hope that this journey will leave them good memories, an international perspective and improvement of abilities.

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