When Chinese students first arrive abroad, they are not used to the accents of professors from all over the world and think they speak very fast. If we do not understand something, or do not hear the relevant requirements of the professor for the class, homework, test, we must take the initiative to ask the professor and classmates, especially for the knowledge we do not understand to ask questions in time. Chinese students tend to be shy or reluctant to admit that they don’t understand, which can get us into a vicious circle where confusion builds up.
Jasmine Sun5月 24, 2021 1:31 下午 回复至： Should students apply to graduate schools on their own or find an intermediary?学生应该自己申请研究生院还是找留学中介？ #8226
As far as I know, due to the late emergence of sino-foreign cooperative universities and the smaller number of students, many agents do not know the characteristics, advantages and disadvantages of such schools, as well as the views of foreign universities on such schools. As a result, they are unable to take full advantage of the advantages of Sino-foreign cooperative universities, such as double enrollment, all-English teaching, students’ rich overseas experience and so on. Therefore, I would advise you to ask your alumni directly, especially those who have successfully applied to the school you want to go to. Their experience is often more valuable.
I think this problem is related to the major of study. For art or media majors, I think the ranking of the program in terms of major is more important. Because programs with high ranking majors will have better teaching resources, such as good professors, rich workshops, cooperation with employers, and so on. The difference between a good teacher and a mediocre teacher is really big. Moreover, this kind of major needs a lot of practical operation or practice, and a good project can provide a better platform, and the professional atmosphere will be strong.
This article introduces how to choose the media professional project: https://www.bestcolleges.com/features/masters-media-communications-degree-programs/
我认为这个问题与学习的专业有关。对于艺术或者传媒专业来说，我认为项目在专业方面的排名更重要。 因为专业排名高的项目的教学资源会更好，比如好的教授，丰富的workshop ，和雇主之间的合作等等。好的老师和一般的老师的差别真的很大。并且，这类专业需要很多实操或者实践，而好的项目可以提供更优质的平台，并且专业氛围也会很浓。
If you want to apply for a major different from your undergraduate major, I think you should fully understand the learning content and form of the new major, the employment direction and employment situation, the development status of the major at home and abroad, and so on, so as to judge whether you are suitable for this major. I suggest you consult with students in the major, as well as professionals or HR who work in the relevant industry. HR’s opinions are also important because they can tell you what the company thinks about issues such as professional mismatches when hiring.
In addition, you need to explain why you changed your major in your personal statement, including the reasons, your advantages that make you able to do well in this new major, etc.
This article provides students’ views on how to explain changing majors in a personal statement: https://forums.studentdoctor.net/threads/how-to-explain-change-of-major-in-interview-personal-statement.1172564/
Jasmine Sun5月 18, 2021 2:13 下午 回复至： How to find a job in China after graduating from an international University从国际大学毕业之后如何在中国找到工作 #8094
In China, the autumn recruitment is the most important opportunity for fresh graduates to find a job, as it is the largest campus recruitment with the largest number of participating enterprises and the largest number of recruiting talents. Almost all employers will give preferential treatment to fresh graduates. If we plan to work in China after graduation, then I think we should start actively looking for a job before returning to China. Autumn recruitment is generally from July to December, and spring recruitment (spring recruitment) is from March to May. Some enterprises will start to approve autumn recruitment in advance in June, so students need to check the recruitment time of their favorite companies in advance. Online application has two channels: third-party recruitment websites and the enterprise’s own official website. In addition to the network application, many enterprises will also walk into the campus for campus propaganda, propaganda can be directly delivered when the resume. After the general network application, reserved mailbox will receive the written test link, so often check their mailbox. Online test and written test mainly examine professional quality and professional ability. Companies in different industries will examine different professional knowledge. Students need to collect and sort out the previous test questions in advance and practice. The interview is mainly divided into group and single side: the group side is generally leaderless group discussion, mainly case analysis, while the single side is generally an interview for HR and department heads of the enterprise, so it is necessary to know all kinds of company information in advance and make preparations.
在中国，秋招是应届生最重要的一次找工作的机会，因为秋招是规模最大、参与企业最多、招聘人才最多的校园招聘，几乎所有雇主都会给予应届生优待。如果我们计划在毕业后回到中国工作，那么我认为应该在回国前就开始积极寻找工作。秋招一般为7至12月，补招（春招）为3至5月，部分企业会在六月开始提前批秋招会，所以同学们需要提前查询好心仪公司的招聘时间。网申有两种渠道：第三方招聘网站及企业自身官网。除了网申，许多企业也会走进校园进行校园宣讲， 宣讲进行时即可直接投递简历。一般网申通过之后，预留的邮箱就会收到笔试链接，所以要经常检查自己的邮箱。在线测评和笔试主要考核专业素养以及专业能力，不同行业的公司会考核不同的专业知识，同学们需要提前搜集整理好往届考题并练习。面试主要分为群面和单面：群面一般为无领导小组讨论，主要是案例分析，单面一般都是企业 HR 和部门领导的面试，需要提前了解好公司各类信息并做好准备。
Many students gave up applying for graduate studies in the United States due to the epidemic. However, I think it is actually a rare opportunity. Because the outbreak has limited tests such as the TOEFL, many schools do not require TOEFL scores or accept the less difficult Duolingo test. After the turbulent autumn semester in 2020, many international students have gradually become accustomed to the “Zoom University” mode. And in the new spring semester, colleges and universities are almost insisting on the teaching plan of online courses. Although some universities are preparing to start face-to-face teaching, there are also many measures in place on campus to deal with the epidemic, so we don’t have to worry too much if we can always take care of ourselves.
As an accounting major, I think it is a good choice for me to work abroad for about three years before returning to China. On the one hand, the accounting and auditing markets in developed countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom are relatively mature, and the internal systems of the Big Four accounting firms are also relatively perfect. We can use this platform to learn advanced working methods and accumulate relevant work experience. However, the accounting system and auditing methods abroad are quite different from those in China. If we want to work in China eventually, it is better for us to master the domestic accounting system by preparing for the CICPA exam during the work process. In addition, domestic and foreign working environment, atmosphere is also very different, we need to adjust, adapt.
Of course, this is only one aspect, we also need to consider many other factors, such as whether they can adapt to the life and culture of a foreign country, whether their personality is suitable for working abroad, and so on.
This article introduces the cultural differences between China and the United States in the business work: https://smallbusiness.chron.com/american-vs-chinese-business-culture-59039.html
I think the training courses for TOEFL are very helpful, because a good teacher can not only teach knowledge, but also, most importantly, summarize the exam skills and help us improve in a more targeted and efficient way. I took two classes during my preparation for the TOEFL: large classes and one-on-one classes, and I want to briefly compare the two classes.
First, the advantage of large classes is that teachers in large institutions can provide more resources, such as past exam questions, summative answer patterns, frequently tested words or topics, and so on. However, teachers in large classes could not pay attention to each student, so it was difficult to give substantive help to our problems. In addition, I think the biggest problem of large classes is that teachers like to let students remember the answer template, which leads to the sameness of Chinese students’ oral answers and no breakthrough in content.
Secondly, the advantage of one-to-one is that the teacher can customize the teaching plan according to the situation of the students in all aspects, which is very suitable for the students who have been unable to overcome their weak points. Take my oral English teacher as an example. When I answer questions that are very mechanical and emotionless, he will continue to help me practice in various ways until the result is satisfactory.
This is my oral English teacher some public courses: https://space.bilibili.com/90907974/channel/index
If you are interested, I can provide his contact information.
In the second semester of my freshman year, I learned about ACCA in the publicity of educational institutions and decided to enroll. Based on my own experience, I think learning ACCA has the following advantages and disadvantages. First, if you start to learn ACCA before you learn the specialized courses in WKU, then basic subjects like F1/F2 will help you master the basic knowledge in advance, so as to lay a foundation for subsequent study and get good grades in WKU more easily. Second, when applying for accounting, auditing, etc., the application form will often ask if you have relevant professional certificates. You can also list the exam subjects you have passed on your resume, which will be your advantage. Of course, it also helps with graduate school applications.
On the other hand, ACCA also has many disadvantages. First, ACCA has a large number of exam subjects, which requires a lot of time to prepare for the exam, which will definitely affect our study in school and the application for graduate school. Second, ACCA’s gold content is not as good as AICPA and CICPA. Although we can’t take CPA in college, we can also prepare for it in advance. In particular, if you want to work in China, my advice is to start preparing for the CPA from your junior/senior year and start taking the exam after graduation.
This article enumerates the ACCA and the difference between the CPA: https://www.educba.com/acca-vs-cpa/
Starting from May 4, 2021, the US Embassy in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai will open the student visa application service one after another, and I was lucky enough to get a seat in Beijing on May 7 to apply in person. I would like to share with you the preparation that needs to be done before the interview, and the process of the interview that day.
This link lists the interview materials that students need to prepare. It should be noted that if students do not have a diploma, they can also use an English version of their study certificate instead. PasSPORT, Appoint Confirmation Form, DS-160 Confirmation Form, I-20 are the documents that need to be checked before entering the Embassy. Other information is used for signing in person.
This link is a very comprehensive list of questions the visa officer may ask you. It is best to prepare your answers in advance.
When I signed my visa in person, the visa officer asked for my resume in addition to my passport and I-20. I didn’t see any other information. The visa officer asks questions about which university/college he is going to, what he has done during his undergraduate studies, his plans after graduate school, and his parents’ jobs. In general, it was very smooth. I received the official F1 student visa on the third day after the in-person visa.
Jasmine Sun5月 9, 2021 3:09 下午 回复至： Suggestions about studying aboard in accounting major.关于会计专业出国留学的建议。 #7831
In my opinion, the major accounting courses in my undergraduate period have covered relatively basic and comprehensive knowledge related to accounting. Therefore, many people don’t think it is necessary to continue to apply for graduate programs in accounting. However, I think if we want to engage in accounting-related work in the future, especially auditing, an appropriate graduate program can help us further improve our comprehensive ability. In my opinion, a good accounting project should have the following characteristics. It’s better to be CPA-oriented, which means the school can offer courses related to the content of the exam, so as to help students pass the exam more quickly. It should offer a wide range of elective courses, such as finance, management, marketing and so on. This is because in the future work, accountants or auditors can not only focus on accounting figures, but also need to have enough understanding of the overall environment of the industry, macroeconomic market, financial market and so on. 3. It should cater to the trend of the big data era. In order to comply with the requirements of the era of big data for financial personnel, many schools have added data analysis, big data, cloud computing and other courses related to modern technology, which is very necessary.
While my answer focused on the project itself, this article analyzes it from a more realistic perspective: https://teach.com/online-ed/business-degrees/online-masters-accounting/is-accounting-masters-worth-it/
在我看来，本科阶段的会计专业课已经覆盖了比较基本、全面的会计学相关知识。因此，很多人认为没有必要继续申请会计专业的研究生。然而，我认为如果我们想要在未来从事会计相关的工作，尤其是审计，一个合适的研究生项目可以帮助我们进一步提高自己的综合能力。我认为一个好的会计项目应该具备以下的几个特点。1. 它最好是CPA-oriented的，这意味着学校可以提供与考试内容相关的课程，从而帮助学生更快地通过考试。2. 它应该提供范围广泛的选修课，比如金融、管理、市场营销等方面。这是因为在今后的工作中，会计师或审计师不能只关注会计数字，还需要对行业整体环境、宏观经济市场、金融市场等有足够的了解。3. 它应该迎合大数据时代的潮流。为了顺应大数据时代对财务人员的要求，很多学校都增加了数据分析、大数据、云计算等与现代科技相关的课程，这是非常必要的。
In the United States, many schools do not offer on-campus housing for graduate students, or have very few places for on-campus housing. Most graduate students live off campus. There are several issues to consider when looking for off-campus housing. 1. The distance to school. Security. I think university towns are more livable than residential areas. 3. Prices. In addition to rent, living costs such as water, electricity and gas also need to be taken into account. 4. Is there furniture? Many students overlook this. If the program is short, I think it is more convenient to choose a house with its own furniture.
About websites providing housing resources, we can directly on the Google map search own apartment near the school: https://www.google.com.hk/maps. There’s also a website called Apartment.com that allows you to view a variety of listings, and some offer virtual Tours.
在美国，很多学校不给研究生提供校内住宿，或者校内住宿的名额非常少。大部分研究生会住在校外。在寻找校外的房源时，有以下几个问题需要考虑。1.到学校的距离。2. 安全性。相较于居民区，我认为大学城更适合居住。3. 价格。除了房租以外，水、电、煤气等生活费用也需要考虑在内。4. 是否有家具。很多学生都会忽视这一点。如果项目的时间比较短，我认为选择一件自带家具的房子更方便。
关于寻找房源的网站，我们可以直接在google map上搜索自己学校附近的公寓 ：https://www.google.com.hk/maps 。另外，有个网站叫作apartment.com ，也可以浏览各种房源，有的还会提供虚拟导览。
At present, most countries and schools accept both the TOEFL and the IELTS scores, so students can choose according to their own situation. I think there are three main differences between IELTS and TOEFL.
First of all, the types of questions in the two exams are different. The listening and reading sections of the TOEFL test only have multiple choice questions, while the IELTS test also has fill-in-the-blank and short answer questions in addition to multiple choice questions. In view of this, I prefer the form of TOEFL test, because I may not be able to hear a certain word clearly in the listening test, but I can understand the general content of the article, so the form of multiple choice test is more suitable for me.
Second, there are differences in the range of words examined in the two exams. The IELTS will involve more everyday language, while the TOEFL will use more academic vocabulary, such as reading passages from astronomical journals and so on. As a result, TOEFL test takers have to memorize more obscure academic words.
Third, the form of examination is different. The IELTS test is paper-based, and the speaking test requires a face-to-face conversation with a real examiner. In contrast, the TOEFL is done on a computer and includes a speaking test. I prefer the TOEFL speaking test, because I don’t get nervous when facing the computer. However, I prefer the paper version of reading and listening tests, because I can make notes on the test paper.
The article introduces the form and difference of TOEF and IELTS: https://www.prepscholar.com/toefl/blog/toefl-vs-ielts/
Many people think that it is a better choice to work for one year after graduation before considering applying for graduate program, because we can find out the major direction we are interested in or need to improve in the process of work, so that we can apply for a more suitable graduate program. However, I have a puzzle. Most of the time, college graduates do very basic jobs in their first year and have limited access to industries and networks. As a result, we often have few opportunities to explore relevant fields. For example, if accounting students choose to work in an accounting firm for a year after graduation, as far as I know, most of the work they do is simple and repetitive, while these trivial jobs take up a lot of time. I think maybe a small or entrepreneurial company would be a good choice. While we may need to do more work and wear more hats, it also means we can reach out to more areas and more people.
I think this website offers a lot of different perspectives on this issue：https://www.study.eu/article/should-i-get-a-masters-degree-now-or-start-working
If you want to apply for a graduate program in a foreign university, I think the following advantages of a Sino-foreign cooperative program are very helpful.
1. The all-English teaching method creates a good English environment for students to exercise their English ability in class and life. During my four years at WKU, I was able to speak with confidence and fluency in English, and I was able to understand the English spoken by professors from different countries, even though they had strong accents. The English environment let me form the habit of thinking and expressing in English. These not only help us prepare for TOEFL, GMAT and other exams, but also help us adapt to the study and living environment abroad more quickly.
2. Students who graduate from a Sino-foreign cooperative university can obtain both Chinese and foreign diplomas. When applying to foreign universities, many graduate programs prefer to admit students with a foreign (especially home) degree in liberal arts, because they see it as proof that the student’s abilities have been certified by the education system in their home country. When I apply for graduate programs in the United States, I sometimes use a diploma from Kean University in the United States, which I think adds to my competitive edge.
3. The atmosphere of Chinese-foreign cooperative universities is often more open and inclusive than that of other domestic universities. Therefore, students have sufficient freedom and strong support to find their own goals and do what they want to do. During the university, professors’ sharing and classmates’ rich experiences made me deeply realize that life can have different choices, and we should have the courage and faith to pursue our ideals.
This is an article to introduce Chinese-Foreign university: https://www.zhihu.com/market/paid_magazine/1167407176095305728/section/1167407224363651072
Many students like to list their professional courses in their resumes. However, I don’t like this practice, because applicants for the same job often have similar educational experiences and the courses they have taken are similar. Instead, highlight what sets you apart and make your accomplishments as specific and quantifiable as possible. In the case of accounting, we can list what professional certifications we have obtained (or passed), what accounting software we have mastered, and so on. If we have published a paper in our field of expertise, we need to include the title of the paper, the date of publication, the name of the journal, and we need to identify ourselves as the first author. If you attend an academic conference, make clear the time, place, and name of the meeting. If the overall GPA is high, we can show it, or we can calculate the GPA for the major course (if it is higher than the total GPA). In addition, academic achievements can also be proved by scholarships, certificates, honorary titles, etc. For example, we can list the scholarship titles we have won to prove that our academic performance ranks the top among students. If you want to show that your professional knowledge is sufficient, you can state the accounting system and accounting methods you have learned, such as IFRS and GAAP, instead of just listing the name of your major courses.
4月 18, 2021 3:05 下午 回复至： The experience of internship that shared by others别人分享的实习经历 #7401
- 该回复由jasminesun 于 7月、 2周前 修正。
In the summer vacation of 2020, I participated in the audit internship of BDO Certified Public Accountants, which not only mastered some basic work skills, but also practiced my communication skills. I like the working mode of the firm very much, because everyone can participate in a lot of different projects, we have the opportunity to contact with clients from all walks of life, understand their business model and financial system, and constantly understand and learn new knowledge, so as to challenge myself and improve my ability. Although the work of accounting firms is really busy, I think as young people, as fresh graduates, we should seize the opportunity to enter the workplace to continue to learn and grow rapidly, to lay a solid foundation for future development.
The reason why I chose auditing is that the audit department of a firm is the most conducive to personal growth in the accounting industry. Auditing not only requires us to master accounting and auditing knowledge, but more importantly, to learn the thinking logic of auditing in the process of auditing, how to identify risks through procedures, and how to put forward suggestions for improvement and development in terms of corporate finance and internal control. That is to say, audit can let us gain financial and management experience.
During the internship, I think the most difficult part is the preparation of audit working papers, and many Excel skills can help us improve efficiency. This site introduces several Excel tools commonly used in drafts: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20141012095216-79373711-excel-tips-for-auditors-prepare-working-papers/
As for the learning of Verbal part, I think there are three very important aspects: knowledge point, language sense and question bank.
1. GMAT covers a wide range of English grammar points, so I think we should first browse the official GMAT textbook as well as the grammar points summarized by teachers and students. In addition, the Verbal part of GMAT is different from the English grammar we learn in high school or college in many ways, such as the use of which and so on, which needs our extra attention.
2. In many cases, it is not only necessary to check the knowledge point, but also need to use the sense of language, which can help us improve the speed of doing the question. We can learn the language style of the Verbal section by reading the Verbal passage over and over again and by reading the correct choices in the title.
3. As we all know, Chinese students share the question bank, we should make good use of this resource, know the questions in the question bank in advance, and expand the reading appropriately.
Finally, I want to say that the time of GMAT is tight, and we need to improve our reading speed and the accuracy of the questions when we are nervous, so the simulation test is very important. I would like to share with you two of my favorite practice exam sites that also offer other services that I hope will be helpful to you.
I see that most students focus on how to build a circle of friends to make more friends, which I think is very important. However, as a graduate student, we should also actively build a circle of contacts related to work. For example, we can accumulate sufficient alumni resources through alumni groups; Actively participate in job fairs and company information fairs to get to know more HR, headhunters and company management; We can also actively communicate with professors and ask them to recommend us to excellent mentors in the industry, or recommend suitable internship and job opportunities. If we can make contact with more professionals in the society, we can not only listen to their advice on work and career development, but also get more information related to job opportunities. As an international student, perhaps the most effective way to do this is to actively take advantage of the career development services offered by your university.
This is Boston University career services website: http://www.bu.edu/grad/cd-pd/career-preparation/. I hope this gives you a sense of how graduate schools offer career development services, especially in terms of networking and alumni.
Jasmine Sun4月 7, 2021 4:26 下午 回复至： About Applying for A Graduate Scholarship关于申请研究生奖学金 #7230
Many schools require applicants to submit a scholarship application essay. In my opinion, the main contents of the application should include: why the applicant needs the scholarship, what the applicant will do to get the scholarship, and why the applicant thinks he or she is qualified for the scholarship. Most students know how to write the third part, but they are a little confused about the first two parts. More directly, where and to what extent, if any, the money would be worth it (in this case, through the actions of the applicants). As with any other writing principle, the more specific you can be in these two parts, the better. Like what kind of studio to build with a scholarship and what kind of impact it will have. It’s important to note that the impact is not only on the applicant, but also, preferably, on a group, industry or other dimension.
The contents of the application referred to in this web site lists more detailed and guidance: https://www.topuniversities.com/blog/how-write-scholarship-application-cover-letter
Jasmine Sun3月 29, 2021 5:03 下午 回复至： Discuss how to plan the schedule of the four years in university.讨论如何规划大学四年的时间表。 #7067
If students want to apply for a master’s degree abroad, they need to make a lot of preparations during college. Based on my experience in applying to graduate schools in the US, I will share what I think is a reasonable schedule in chronological order from freshman to senior. First of all, freshman students don’t need to rush to prepare for TOEFL, IELTS, GRE, GMAT, etc., especially since TOEFL scores are valid. I suggest that students take an active part in extracurricular activities, not aimlessly, but to consider what types of activities will help them achieve their goals. For example, business school students can take part in entrepreneurship competitions, business case analysis competitions, and so on. Of course, clubs and competitions, no matter what type, are good for your resume. If you can organize some activities as a leader, you can show your leadership. The vacation of freshman year can be used to participate in overseas exchange programs or apply for simple internships. In sophomore year, students can actively participate in the election of leaders of student organizations to further enrich themselves. In junior year, students should start preparing for the language test and the GMAT and GRE exams. At the same time, we can actively look for research projects to improve our academic ability. In addition, with previous internships and extracurricular experience, students can actively apply for high-quality internships (i.e. with top ranked employers in their field of study). The most important thing is that at this stage, students should determine the direction of postgraduate application, including the country, major, school ranking range and so on, and actively understand the relevant requirements, so as to make up for the shortcomings in a more targeted way and make good preparations.
As an accounting major, I think if I want to work in accounting, auditing, consulting, finance and other fields after graduation, then the overall reputation of the school will be more important. First of all, employers of this kind of work will have a very sound training mechanism. For example, accounting firms will carry out continuous and professional training for auditing, so that employees can quickly and accurately master the skills needed for their work. In addition, consulting and risk management departments also have their own frameworks and systems. As long as students have basic financial knowledge, they can quickly move up to their own jobs. Secondly, for accounting major, the knowledge is similar, and the gap between different projects is relatively small. Third, accounting certificates are sometimes as important as a degree, or even more important than a degree after a few years of work. Therefore, regardless of whether you choose a good program or a good school, you should get CPA and other certificates as soon as possible.
This is an article to share how to prepare for the CPA examination: https://zhuanlan.zhihu.com/p/25718504
As far as I know, there are three ways for students to seek scientific research opportunities.
1. Research projects of our professors. In WKU, many professors are conducting their own research, and students can offer to assist professors in research, but most of the time, students do simple work such as literature sorting, translation, data collection, etc., and they cannot be the first author. If you have a topic you want to research, you can also ask the professor if he or she is interested and willing to guide the student in the research. In this case, the student is the first author. In general, the professor will also assist the student to apply for and prepare for the relevant academic conference.
2. Research projects of professors from other universities. In China, many universities have their own laboratories where professors recruit assistants to help them. Students can find out which LABS are open to students across the country from the school’s website or by using their personal networks. This kind of research project requires high academic level of students, which requires application and strict screening.
3. If students are unable to use their abilities to find research resources, many intermediaries can also provide relevant services. For example, the CIS online research program collaborates with professors from foreign universities to guide a group of Chinese students on a short-term research project. Although the value of this kind of program is relatively low, if students actively express themselves in front of professors, professors will be willing to write letters of recommendation to students, which is undoubtedly helpful for the application of foreign schools. This is a introduce CIS online research project web site: https://bj.cisproj.com/zhuanti/20200810-bj/? BD-bjykjy&keywords=cisxianshangkeyan&unit=PP-cis-dyh&plan=01-ppc&bd_vid=11760138839550493164
Jasmine Sun3月 25, 2021 1:16 下午 回复至： You may encounter some academic problems when you study abroad.当你在国外留学时你可能会遇见一些学术问题 #6978
Thanks for your sharing! You mentioned a lot of ways to improve your study efficiency and keep up with your professors when you study abroad, and I think your methods are very effective. At the same time, I have also browsed the website you provided, among which, I believe that cultural differences and possible racial discrimination are important factors affecting our study and life. Therefore, I believe that apart from paying attention to study itself, we should also consider the beliefs and habits of students from different cultural backgrounds to make campus life more harmonious. For example, in group discussions, students from the United States and Europe are more likely to freely express their ideas, contradict others’ opinions, or try to persuade others, while students from Asian countries such as China and Japan are more likely to pay attention to listening, dislike being interrupted, and so on. Most of the time, students are not malicious to each other, just cultural differences resulting in different styles.
This is a about higher education for middle school students learning mode of cross-cultural comparison study: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10734-011-9494-z
Jasmine Sun3月 19, 2021 10:34 下午 回复至： Which TV series help you most on English speaking and listening？ #6842
I highly recommend Modern Family! It tells the story of three small families within one big family. I think the show is a good practice for listening and speaking, because all the characters have authentic American accents (except for one woman from Colombia, but we use it as an opportunity to learn about the English accents of people from different countries). Since the show is about everyday life, most of the characters’ lines are common everyday expressions, which are suitable for us to understand the common expressions of local Americans. Also, due to the different ages and personalities of the characters, their tone of voice and body language varies greatly, and I think we can learn from this how to express ourselves more naturally and confidently. In addition to helping us practice speaking and listening, I have been deeply influenced by the support, encouragement and tolerance of the families in the TV series, as well as their determination to bravely pursue what they want. I hope this TV series can be useful to everyone.
In the process of applying to graduate schools, letters of recommendation are very important materials, because the comments of the recommenders can reflect and confirm whether the applicant meets the requirements of the graduate school. Letters of recommendation can come from academic professors or employers during internships. In order to demonstrate truthfully and fully what the recommender knows about the applicant, it is best for the applicant to choose a professor who has taken at least two classes or has been involved in their research projects. Otherwise, the recommender will not be able to write something unique and authentic. As for employers, I recommend that applicants demonstrate their professionalism, teamwork, problem solving, innovation, etc., to the fullest extent possible during the internship.
In addition, communication with professors or employers is very important. They are busy and may need to spend a lot of time writing letters of recommendation. Therefore, it is better for the applicant to contact the recommender one month in advance to express his/her needs clearly and provide the relevant personal data, such as resume, certificates and so on, to help the recommender to have a more comprehensive understanding of himself/herself. When communicating, be polite and don’t urge your referees too often.
If there is no specific requirement, I would recommend that applicants provide separate references from academic professors and employers to prove that they have excelled in both academic and professional development.
Here is a website about the tips and skills about asking for a recommendation letter via email, including some expression methods and examples: https://www.zippia.com/advice/letter-of-recommendation-over-email/
Jasmine Sun3月 13, 2021 3:46 下午 回复至： Should students apply to graduate schools on their own or find an intermediary?学生应该自己申请研究生院还是找留学中介？ #6692
I recommend that students seek help from an intermediary for the following reasons:
First, the intermediary can save students’ time. By this I mean time spent doing trivial things like setting up an account, filling out information, mailing documents, etc., rather than having students save time by letting an agent take care of the very important things like resumes and paperwork. In addition to the basic information, all personalized materials should be completed by the students themselves, and the intermediary should only be responsible for the modification, otherwise there may be problems such as template documents.
Second, agents have a wealth of information channels, which can help students compare the strengths and weaknesses of different schools and programs. At the same time, experienced agents will also help students to make a reasonable schedule based on information such as application time, reservation fee and deadline of different schools.
As for the choice of intermediary, I think students can choose two kinds of intermediary according to their needs.
The first is a comprehensive agent who can take charge of the entire application process. This kind of agent charges a high fee, but usually has one or two designated teachers who communicate with the students throughout the process, so that they know the students better and can guide the entire application process in a targeted way.
The second type is the agent who only works on a single project, such as an internship project, a research project, revising a resume, revising an essay, etc. If students think they only need help in a certain area, they can choose this form, and the cost is lower.
In addition, I can recommend a blogger who has benefited me a lot by sharing tips on essay writing and so on. His article can be found from this link: https://weibo.com/6229389330/I0Ov7xRoK? from=page_1005056229389330_profile&wvr=6&mod=weibotime&type=comment#_rnd1615621938070
- 该回复由jasminesun 于 8月、 3周前 修正。
I’m Jasmine, a senior majoring in accounting. Although our major is different, but I also prepared the written examination and the interview of the securities company, and accumulated some experience, hope to be helpful to you!
First of all, as to whether you should pay more attention to the reputation of the company or the level of the department when looking for an internship, I think it depends on your goals and follow-up arrangements. If you want to use a summer internship to get references for graduate school applications or to build your resume, then I think the overall reputation of the company is more important because it will make people think you have the ability to work at a good company. If you want to be retained, or simply gain relevant work experience, then I think you should choose a good department and focus on the management style of the manager, the quality of the project, the atmosphere of the team, the ability to work together, etc. Getting involved in a good project and getting to know a mentor who is willing to help you can give you the knowledge and experience you need to grow quickly.
As for how to prepare for written examination and interview, the interview of securities company usually adopts the form of case analysis. I think you need to learn more analysis models (I believe you have done this) on the one hand, and on the other hand, you can practice more case analysis. For example, you could team up with a group of friends for a mock interview.
In addition, I recommend to you a case contains many website: https://www.caseinterview.com. This site also has resume modification and other introductions. I hope my answer can help you.
According to my experience in applying for the US Master of Accounting, there are generally two ways to interview at the university. First, man-machine interview, commonly used Kira system. There are no human interviewers, a computer automatically displays the questions, and students have to record their answers in front of a camera after a short preparation period. Second, the in-person interview. Interviewers at the school use platforms like Zoom and Skype to communicate with students in real time.
For both types of interviews, I think the way to prepare and the skills to answer questions are common. First, collect as much information as possible and prepare in advance! We need to fully understand the background of the school and the program, including its advantages, features, courses and so on, as well as our own views, which will let the interviewer feel our sincerity and enthusiasm.
Second, tell your own stories and reflect your strengths. When you answer the question, I suggest that you tell your own experience to show your ability, such as how you solved a problem during the internship, what ability this process shows, and so on. Examples are much more persuasive than descriptions and will pique the interviewer’s interest.
Third, be more professional. We should be polite and dress appropriately. Girls had better wear light makeup. In addition, we should also be professional in organizing our own language. I suggest that we use the framework of summarizing, dividing and summarizing when answering questions to make our logic clearer.
I would like to share a few of my tips for preparing for the TOEFL speaking test, which also apply to improving my oral English overall.
First, practice, practice, practice! We should seize the opportunity to communicate with professors in and out of class, actively interact with them and ask them questions. The content is not necessarily related to the course. Talking about daily topics such as life can help us to understand their daily speaking habits, tone, idioms and so on, so as to make our English more authentic. Besides, we should also create an English environment, such as trying to express our opinion about something in English, keeping a diary in English and so on. In a word, we should make English appear in our daily life as much as possible.
Second, accumulate more. Many students feel that they do not have much to say in the TOEFL questions, or do not know how to express their ideas in English. My advice is to browse high quality articles, answers and so on written by native English speakers on foreign websites, and choose useful snippets that you like to read and even recite. It is better to give yourself a key word every day and collect information around it. For example, today I choose fitness as a key word, so I will read articles, watch documentaries and other ways to accumulate some related vocabulary and knowledge. In this way, if I come across relevant topics in the future, I will have enough knowledge and ways to express myself.
My dream university is Cornell University, and I’m particularly interested in the MPS in Management – Accounting Specialization program. There are three main reasons why this program is my top choice, which are also the advantages of it. First, the curriculum is STEM-designated, and the core accounting courses cover the advanced accounting and management knowledge required to get me CPA-ready. The flexible electives also allow me to customize my schedule based on my career coal, and the MBA electives are of great value to improve my management skills and expand my networks. Second, this program has a group of excellent faculties. I have been in the accounting class of Mr. Michael Paz, a professor from School of Hotel Administration. He shows me how inspiring and supportive the professors are at Johnson and makes me believe that the personalized attention to a student from the professors will surely benefit both my academic and personal development. Last but not least, I am deeply inspired by Sam Johnson’s efforts to make the business world a better place, and I’m motivated to shoulder high levels of responsibility for making great things happen. This program not only wants to improve students’ academic capacity, but also aims to cultivate entrepreneurs with passion and a sense of responsibility. To prepare myself for it, I strive to improve my learning ability and time management ability to adapt to the fast-paced and high-pressure study in Cornell, and I also interned during vacation to obtain practical knowledge and improve my communication skills.
This program also has some disadvantages. First, this program is quite young with only several class of graduates, so that there will not be much alumni resources from this specific program. Second, the campus is in a small town on the mountain, so that the transportation is not very convenient for entertainment and internships. A similar program is the MS in Accounting program at New York University. For me, its main advantages are that it combines data analytics with accounting very well, and it is in New York City, which is an excellent place to do internships and feel the real business world.
我的理想大学是康奈尔大学，我对其管理会计硕士很感兴趣。我选择这个项目有三个主要原因，同时也是它的优点。首先，课程设置是STEM导向的，核心会计课程涵盖的高级会计和管理知识可以让我为CPA做好准备。灵活的选修课也可以让我根据自己的职业需求来安排课程，其中，MBA选修课对于提高我的管理技能和拓展人脉很有帮助。第二，该项目的师资力量非常强大。我有幸参与了酒店管理学院Michael Paz教授的会计课程，他让我感受到了Johnson的教授们对学生的鼓励和支持，让我相信教授们对学生的个性化关注一定会对我的学术和个人发展都有好处。最后，我被创始人Sam Johnson为使商业世界变得更美好所做的努力深深激励着，让我敢于肩负起更高的责任。该项目不仅要提高学生的学术能力，更要培养有激情、有责任感的企业家。为了做好准备，我努力提高自己的学习能力和时间管理能力，以适应康奈尔快节奏、高压力的学习环境，并利用假期的时间进行实习来积累知识和经验，提高自己的沟通能力。
The link to the program: https://www.johnson.cornell.edu/programs/mps-in-management-accounting-specialization/