Andrew Paugh

Job post-program: Software Engineer at Microsoft

During your time in China, what surprised you the most?

I was most impressed by how welcoming the locals were. If you could speak even just a little bit of Chinese, you’re always told how awesome your grasp of the language is. There’s a lot of respect for those who come to experience the local culture.

How has the experience of studying abroad in China shaped your outlook on things?

Studying in China was a fast track to maturity and experience. My life in China is always a great topic of conversation, and employers love hearing about it. Being exposed to a completely different culture showed me how much there is that I have yet to learn about the huge world around me.

What advice do you have for students who want international experience?

Don’t hesitate. If you want to study abroad, but life keeps you tied down, you’ll miss out on a lot of experiences. Sometimes you just have to make that leap.

What made you decide on the Dual Degree Program?

English: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaSLl8FEqzw&feature=plcp 

Chinese: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BQgvFsHUzs&feature=plcp

How has the experience of studying abroad in China shaped your outlook on things?

English: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMylcmn-jOs&feature=plcp

Chinese: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fe_MtL5sIwM&feature=plcp

What must-see attractions or must-do activities in Hangzhou (China) would you recommend for students who are interested in the DDP experience?

English: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hfrg_YoKgzE&feature=plcp

Chinese: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_rWRYs7xRY&feature=plcp

What is your advice for students who are interested in studying in China with the Dual Degree Program?

English: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2jqwA3mJI4&feature=plcp

Do you have any work experience from China?

English: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mW6m6Muh24o&feature=plcp

Chinese: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BQgvFsHUzs&feature=plcp

How difficult is it to learn Mandarin?

Chinese: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwcHM-mGVi4&feature=plcp