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Hey guys, sorry it’s been so long since I did an update.


I graduated successfully with a 92 average, which was number one, but honestly it basically feels meaningless. My final thesis was on the 3 body problem.


Doing the final year and a half online was a disaster, and my Chinese went downhill massively - thanks covid.

All the student had to speak, which meant we got about 3 minutes per class to actually use Chinese. Time differences also made it challenging. 

Glad that I graduated of course. I guess the question is, would I recommend this degree to anyone else? Probably not, but it depends on what you want to get out of it. My classmates were all young and were basically there to party and end up with a degree, I was there to learn Chinese. In person was better by far. Also important to recognize it was a Chinese language and literature degree. Classes on Chinese mythology were a waste of time for what I wanted, and my time would have been better used doing self study on stuff I would actually use.


I also really struggled with being treated like a child - things like having attendance taken at every lecture. In England you can attend lectures if you want, but exam results are what matter. If you fail then that’s on you, if you can pass without attending class then it’s all good, but that just wasn’t an option for us in China, to the point where you wouldn’t get a visa if you missed a certain amount of classes.


I’m glad I did it as I learnt a lot, but if I could go back in time I probably wouldn’t have bothered.

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>>"I’m glad I did it as I learnt a lot, but if I could go back in time I probably wouldn’t have bothered."


Do you think it helped with understanding the culture, meeting people, making friends, learning local ways of thinking and understanding events? In other words, do you think the "intangibles" were valuable? I can definitely see how doing the last year and a half online would have been unrewarding. Good on you for sticking it out and not just abandoning the project!


I spent a summer in Harbin and liked the city and the people. I would imagine that you got to learn a lot about "daily China living."

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Great question.  I loved the place and the people, and felt I learnt a lot about the culture yes.  Also made some great friends.  I think being there with my wife and two kids made it a little more challenging to meet people than if I had been there as a single person, but I still got a lot out of it.  Add the freezing weather to that and it makes it even more difficult, being as most people aren't out looking to chit chat during the cold months!

The experience was worth far more than the degree itself.

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On 2/1/2022 at 6:56 PM, LinZhenPu said:

Can you post a picture of the diploma?

Why?  I'm not particularly comfortable with posting things like that online these days...  

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