Stories of China from a Chinese Graduate

15.07.2016

Scott Gerard, a BA Chinese Studies graduate of Unviersity of Wales Trinity Saint David, first experienced China as an exchange student from the Lampeter Campus. Several year's later, he is living in China and loving every minute of it. Scott kindly tells us of his experiences within such a fascinating country. 

Scott's first time in China was through his studies at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Lampeter. He spent six months in Beijing as an exchange student. In his own words, he 'had such a great experience there that [he] had to come back by any means'. 

He was true to his word. Scott applied, and won, a Chinese government scholarship where he could spend time living in China. With guidance from his lecturers and tutors, he chose the Chinese city of Wuhan as his new home.

Scott kindly told us of his experiences in Wuhan:

"The last two years in Wuhan have been amazing for me. I have made many Chinese and international friends and I have tried so much outstanding cuisine at very cheap prices (my favourite was Wuhan's very own re gan mian, or hot dry noodles in a sesame paste for about 40 pence). I travelled all around China very easily and saw many people, sights, and cities.

 

The main reason I love China is the people. Chinese people are so friendly and will go out their way to help foreigners: they will tell you good places to go, where the best local restaurants are, invite you to eat a lot, invite you to go drink and play mah Jiang (a card game), and if you want to learn Chinese they will be patient and try to help you.

 

In the Chinese New Year I was invited to 3 different Chinese friends' hometowns. They all fed me to bursting point and gave me various Chinese spirits to enjoy with them! To be invited to such important events in the Chinese calendar was an honour for me. Sometimes China is painted negatively in the media, but in regards to the people and the country nothing could be further from the truth."

 

Looking back to when Scott first arrived in China in 2013, he found it overwhelming, and daunting. He felt far too nervous to talk to most Chinese and experiment with the small, exciting food restaurants and mix with Chinese society around him. 

Fast forward 3 years and he has w wide range of Chinese friends, and has graduated with a Master's degree in Economics from a 211 university; in Chinese terms a reputable, prestigious type of University.  

Thanks to his experiences as an exchange student from the small town of Lampeter, he has managed t build a life in China and enjoy a vastly different culture.

We wish him all the best for his future endeavours in China (or elsewhere!). Congratulations Scott!