Zach Hershey：交换经历为留学加分 你要注意什么
问：A lot of students want to use their exchange experience to help them apply for graduate schools, so what should students pay attention to during their exchange program?
答：Well, the first thing that a student needs to prepare before actually going to US to attend exchange program is, if they do want to use this towards the graduate program or PHD program, they really want to first think about what those programs are going to be looking for. Like if you are going to be pursuing a master’s or business or something, maybe you should learn for a program that offer something very specific. That is the first thing but always is a big part.
A lot of students want to find communications, so it is important to be active when you actually in US, understand what opportunities are available for you to actually talk to people, keep contact with professors or something like that. Because most schools actually have specific times set aside, when every professor will be required to be in their office, waiting for students to come. But the problem is the teacher is not coming to find you, you have to go find the teacher, which means you need to set aside your time, schedule a specific day(time) to go and talk to the professor, because if you don’t go, you are not going to talk. And he is going to be sitting there, waiting for you to come.
For my personal experience at Berkley, a lot of times, no one goes to use their times, no one attends the office hours, and they don’t go and talk to them. So when you go, you actually stand out very much from the rest of your classmates, like there have been many times when I go to speak with the professor and no one is going there. He said I have been sitting here all day, I am waiting students to come but you are the first one. Because there are lots of opportunities, because students are inactive in seeking the professor, they miss them, they miss the free opportunities.
Another suggestion for when you actually talk to the professor, people don’t know what should I talk about, how should I speak to those high-level, intelligent person. You know, they just want to talk, the most important thing they actually do is speak like your friend. Try to make them see you as a friend, don’t talk to them like a whole teacher, like I really admire your work, talk about their work, actually be interested in, engaged in the conversation, just like you do engaging in a friend conversation. Because that is the easiest way to make a professor willing to make the conversation, if they understand you are a person, not a student. That is an important thing.