For three and a half weeks in October and early November, I was in China representing Medaille College on behalf of Undergraduate Admissions. Following in the footsteps of Dr. Norm Muir, it was an honor to take on the role as this year’s Medaille representative on the annual CNA-USA University School Alliance admissions tour. I had the pleasure of traveling with four of the Asia-based CNA-USA staff/trip leaders and six International Admissions professionals from various American universities (Collectively, we represented all regions of the US). The CNA-USA trip was two weeks long and brought us to 14 high schools in 11 cities – Beijing, Shijiazhuang, Zhengzhou, Hangzhou, Changsha, Chongqing, Kunming, Guilin, Suzhou, Changzhou, and Shanghai. At each of these visits, I met with enthusiastic school administrators who share the same passion for internationalization at the university level in the US. I also had many great conversations with promising students who possess excellent English conversation skills, and I truly hope that we will be welcoming a handful of these students to Medaille next fall!
After completing the wonderful CNA-USA tour, I headed to three additional college fairs run by Xinquan Overseas Education in Taiyuan, Hefei and Nanjing. I also spent five days in Dalian, a city familiar to many Medaille administrators thanks to our partnership with Dalian Maritime University (DMU) and the amazing students we have hosted from there. It was great to see the DMU campus in person, and to meet with staff and students there.
This was my first international business trip for Medaille. Although I am no stranger to traveling and living abroad – My previous positions at The American University of Rome (Italy) and Nova Mova International Language School (Kiev, Ukraine), and, perhaps most importantly, my 9 months’ training here at Medaille – more than prepared me for a successful trip. As you can imagine, I was extremely busy making many great connections for Medaille! I also was lucky enough to have a few memorable experiences in my limited downtime. I arrived in Beijing a day before the official visits started, which allowed me the unique and unforgettable experience of visiting the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, Olympic Park and Forbidden City. I also had the pleasure of visiting The West Lake in Hangzhou and the mountains of Guilin (where I met tourists from Hamilton and Toronto, Ontario in an elevator!).
China is a fascinating culture I’d read a lot about, but there is nothing quite like visiting a country in person to better understand how it works. I am very thankful that Medaille allowed me to take on the important position of representing our fabulous institution abroad, and I am very much looking forward to all future international trips on behalf of the college. In the meantime, Undergraduate Admissions will be continuing to build and strengthen our relationships abroad in order to further support our mission of hosting more amazing international students at Medaille College!
- : Maria Sandone
Posted by: Maria Sandone