Hey everyone, how is everyone doing today? Before I start this first post, I would like to first introduce myself to everyone.
My name is Xiaoqiao Zhang. Right now you might go “Wow~ What is going on here? How in the world would I be able to pronounce this (if you are not Chinese)”. No worries guys, compared to other Chinese students, my name is actually easy to pronounce. It would be “Chow Chow”. I believe most if not all my American friends spell my name that way in their phone book, which I totally do not mind.
As a 21 years old college student, I am very confident that there are not a lot of students with the same amount of experience that I have right now. My experiences are unique. From working for China Central TV during the 2008 Olympic Games, to the 2009 NBC Washington TV-station’s consumer unit internship, and also on two 2009 political campaign. I am currently working with the Chinese Red Cross visit to the United States in April. People might think “how can this girl get all those internships from all over the place? And where did she get all her time from?” Well, my answer is very easy and simple, “I am a crazy girl who loves to work!”
For the past 4 years of working experiences, I have to say that the 2008 Summer Beijing Olympic Games is the most exciting and unforgettable experience I have ever had. Everyday getting up at 8 a.m. working until 3:30 a.m. was crazy; however I did not feel tired at all for that short 18 days. Every morning when I awoke, there was always something new waiting for me: interviewing famous people like Yao Ming, Jackie Chen, Lebron James and other athletes and learning about different sports like basketball, softball, fencing and so on. I don’t believe as a 20 years old college student, you won’t feel that your blood will pumping and your world would just make sense like me when you work during this once-in-a-lifetime internship.
Now it’s time for me to start my journey with the experience with the American and Chinese Red Cross. Let’s start our journey by getting to know how I got involved with this trip first!
Last year’s February, while I was doing my “study abroad” down at American University, I got an e-mail from Mr. Michael Zimmerman, the former Regional Executive Director from the local Wilkes-Barre American Red Cross Chapter. He told me that he got my information from an alumnus from Wilkes University and noticed my hometown is Henan Province, which is where the Chinese Delegations are come from. They thought it would be a good idea to contact with me and ask me to be their trip translator and here I am! Later on it turned out I am not only doing the translating part, but helping organizing the whole trip, which I am not going to complain because this is just making this internship more interesting and COOL!!!!!!!!
Ok, I don’t want to give out too much information for the first post, throughout this blog, I will keep you guys updated with what I am doing each week, and inside my blog I wanted to share my culture experience as well! So keep reading, I promise you at the end of my internship, you will not only being entertained by me, but also learn lots of things from China!!!
Stay tuned!!! <3
Word of the day: 你好 （Ni Hao, you can think as Knee How）. This means hello in China!