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Wish list: Applying from America to Win a Free China Internship!

Natalie“So, what do you do?”

If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me that, I might be as rich as Bill Gates. For the past few years, my response has been the same: “I am a full-time student.” Not a very exciting response, is it? Now more than ever, there is a pressure for the younger generation to go to an accredited university to receive a higher education. But what happens after we graduate? This is the question that can be difficult for us to answer, especially with how hard it is for us to claim the job of our dreams – or any job for that matter.

It is like the question we were asked in kindergarten: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” My answer then was a veterinarian. I have always had a love for animals, so I read every book I could get my hands on about them. Reality sunk in as I got older. I was disappointed by how long you have to stay in school. I then switched to Engineering, like my parents. After I started taking common curriculum courses for Engineering, my mother opened me up to the Business field. She showed me the different things that I could do. How I would be able to do the things that I have always wanted to do; such as travel and learn more languages. I quickly switched majors. I began to see my pathway being constructed towards my career.

My dream job has always revolved around languages and international business. I have been lucky enough to be able to travel to many countries in Europe, and as well as visit many states in America. This has helped me to become comfortable with different cultures and the people that live there. I have always been the adventurous person, but never one to take risks; but, in a way, being adventurous and taking risks go hand-in-hand. I do find that going to China is taking a risk. You are leaving to go to a country you have never been, to stay with people you have never met, to eat food you probably have never eaten. And for what? The answer: to broaden your mind and potential.

I ask myself: would this be a good choice for me? I say, yes. I can draw the pictures in my mind of my dream career: to travel to other countries, to meet and become friends with people from all around the world, to conduct business with foreign companies…To me, that is a dream that I wish to become reality.

I always had itchy feet. I want to travel more. I want to learn more. I want to experience new things. The people around me say I feel these things because I am young and have a lot of energy. I think it is more than that; not all of us have that kind of vision and motivation. When I see someone else, like me, who has that focal point (in no matter what field) I long for them to succeed.

I believe that China is the foundation to my dream career. Not only is the culture extremely fascinating, but so are the people. China’s past, present, and future hold the keys to a successful career. If I were given the chance to travel there and to start my internship, I would enjoy every second of it. I would jump at every opportunity to show that I am very passionate about my goals, and I will work as hard as it takes to reach them. I understand that our dreams differ from reality – but you have to take risks in life. You have to enjoy every moment you have in this life. Every time I think about an internship in China, the butterflies start to flutter in my stomach. Not from nervousness, but from excitement. It will certainly change my life and to help turn my dreams into reality.


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