Chinese Business Major Finds Home in Philadelphia
By Bruce E. Beans
Rui Ling, a freshman business management major from Nanning, China, wanted to attend college in the United States in order to experience a very different educational concept and culture. “I wanted to expand my horizons,” he says.
So he chose Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania—one of the United States’ largest and most historic cities, located on the East Coast between Washington, D.C., the nation’s capital, and New York City.
“Temple University’s Fox School of Business has a great reputation,” he explains, “Its high-quality education, elite alumni and abundant opportunities for networking with them were all attractive to me. “I am having a great time. I’ve met so many nice, friendly, patient and approachable people that I’m not homesick at all.”
Understanding American culture and concepts is Ling’s greatest challenge, but both his classmates and professors have helped greatly. “One of my classmates helped me out with analyzing articles, proofreading and helping me prepare a team presentation on Chinese art,” he says, “and Temple professors are very good at teaching international students because they know they have to slow down the pace sometimes for us.”
Two hours after Ling told his history professor that he was having a difficult time understanding the country’s two-party political system, his professor met him at a food court to patiently explain it. He has also taken advantage of free tutoring and group workshops—and living in a dormitory with other students has improved his English skills.
Through such activities as the Martin Luther King Day of Service, during which Ling cleared a trail in a city park, and chances to network with alumni, such as during the alumni homecoming weekend, Ling feels Temple is helping him “explore my career direction and enrich my professional skill sets.”
Ling spent America’s traditional Thanksgiving Day enjoying an “epic” turkey dinner at the New Jersey beach home of his host family—both parents are Temple graduates. The avid athlete also has enjoyed attending both pro basketball games and Temple football, basketball and volleyball games. Of Temple’s student body, Ling says: “There is an energy, a spirit, an attitude I have never felt before.”
This past January he even helped new international students get settled on campus. “Temple encourages students to dream hard, to work hard, to challenge yourself and to look for the value of yourself,” he says. “Come here, explore your potential and get ready to embrace your fantastic journey.”