[Music] In German: Hi, my name is Chong, I am from
Germany. Life in my home country is a lot calmer than here. The city I’m from is called
Speyer, which has 50,000 people living there. It is a rather small city. My area is sometimes
called the Mediterranean area of Germany because it is the warmest due to the topography there.
I decided to come to the United States because I wanted to study abroad, and to UNCG in particular,
there is a collaboration between my university back in Germany and UNCG. But more importantly,
I wanted to see a part of the United States which I might not be able to see later in
life. I arrived in Greensboro in August last year before the semester started, and my very
first impression was wow, there is no one on the streets. And I had the feeling before
in Germany that people normally use their cars and the cities are sprawled around the
land and much more widespread, and you don’t see that many people. But the very first impression
kind of shocked me. When the semester started and we got used to the city and know the places
where people actually are, it really became better. The main differences between the educational
system in the United States and in Germany that I’ve experienced, is that German teachers
tend to be more theoretical. And American professors tend to be more practical. They
use more case studies. And what I like the most is that they interact with the students
on a personal level. So, I am impressed by their ability to remember faces and names.
German professors tend to stick to your matriculation number on which base they also rate your exam.
That’s something I really like in the United States, that it’s much more personal, it feels
like professors care for you as a person and individually. The greatest lesson I’ve experienced
in America and at UNCG in particular is the international environment. We don’t have
that many Asian, Iranian, or people from all over the world in Germany. That’s a plus
in the United States, and a great plus at UNCG in general, that you can meet so many
people from different countries, and interactions with them always gives you new perspectives.
So my future plans after I graduate here in May is to return back to Germany. My dream
job would be to become an internal auditor, which is not really a popular position. But
I think that’s a fun experience, to have a lot of challenges, to meet new people in
new departments all the time, and to have a great team to work with, especially at BASF
the internal auditing team is great. That would be my dream, but we will see where I
end up when I’m back. [Music]