Chih-Wei Chen—Feng Chia University, Tawain
Chih-Wei Chen is an exchange student studying at Temple University in Philadelphia for one semester. He is currently enrolled in four courses: Financial Markets, international Financial Markets, Writing for the Business Industry, and International Marketing. His home institution is Feng Chia University where he is a junior and studies international business administration with an emphasis on finance.
"Temple students made me feel right at home in Philadelphia," says Chih-Wei. "The first few weeks I was here we celebrated the Chinese New Year and I met a lot of really nice people. They took me to Chinatown and helped me become acquainted with the area very quickly because I am only here for a semester." "Several universities are located in Philadelphia, including University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University, so the surrounding area is popular for students and therefore I met people very easily," Chih-Wei explains.
Students who enjoy a big city with a historical setting will enjoy Philadelphia. Another advantage of is its proximity to New York City, Boston, Washington, D.C., making it a hub for national travel. Chih-Wei has plans to go skiing with friends over spring break. For those who like to ski or snowboard, Temple University is within one hour of the Pocono Mountains and for those who prefer the beach and swimming, the Atlantic Ocean is one hour away in the eastern direction.
While enrolled at Feng Chia University, Chih-Wei was the team captain on campus for a sport called "Tug of War" in English. "I love the sport," explains Chih-Wei, "it really brings the university together." Women and men compete separately in the sport and each team has approximately 30 people.
On May 20, 2011, Chih-Wei will return to Taiwan to finish his undergraduate and master’s degree in Feng Chia University’s five-year program. "My home institution is a wonderful university, much like Temple University," says Chih-Wei. "The faculty and advisors know you well. They build relationships with you, give you opportunities, and then you want to stay. My home institution encouraged me to study abroad to give me a new perspective on my business studies, for which I am grateful."
"When I return to Feng Chia University, I want to share my experiences abroad with other freshman," remarks Chih-Wei. "I will encourage my fellow students to take the chance, be adventurous, and make them realize it will be an unforgettable experience."