#StudyAbroadBecause there are unlimited resources

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Li Guo is an international student from China. She just graduated from University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. She has been studying for the GRE test during summer. Recently, she just moved to Cambridge, MA area to job-hunt. In her leisure time, she enjoys exploring nature, such as hiking, biking, and fishing. 

Li Guo - #StudyAbroadBecause there are unlimited resources

What motivated your decision to come to the U.S.? 

I was motivated by the refined civil law system, with which every individual’s rights can be secured. 

What has your experience been like so far? 

It was pretty good. In the U.S, I have encountered people who come from different cultural backgrounds; meanwhile, I have been able to develop my own values and perception. 

What do you like most about studying in the U.S.?

My favorite part about studying in the US is there are so many approachable resources. No matter what we are interested in, there will be a way for us to learn and to further develop our passion. It makes everything much more possible, as long as we put effort in. 

What are some challenges you have faced while studying here? 

To be honest, I have encountered many challenges in the past four years in the U.S. For a while, I went through an identity crisis. My Chinese/Confucius values were in conflict with the US mainstream thoughts in many cases. Yet, I have learned from both perspectives and to become to balanced when evaluating different situations. 

What skills have you developed so far from your experience?

Like I said before, there are tremendous amount of resource available in the U.S. therefore, I taught myself how to play guitar with resources offered in the US. I am proud of that. 

Do you feel changed thus far from your time abroad? 

I do have some minor changes, but my personality didn't change much. I guess it was due to the unconditional support from my family and my friends in both China and the U.S.

How has international education impacted or influenced your cultural identity?

I was confused by my cultural identity for a while, as I mentioned in question 4, due to the same reason.

Why do you think international education is important? 

I think it is extremely important. The best part of it is, you can meet so many people from different backgrounds; their experience will present you the fact that there are so many options in life and you can live in any way you choose, as long as you are passionate about the path you are choosing. 



Lin Yuhan is the Culture and Politics Editor for Wandering Educators


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