International Student Spotlight – Jiaxun Bei (China)

International Student Spotlight – Jiaxun Bei (China)

August 30, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


My name is Jiaxun Bei and my English name
is Jackson. I’m from China. I am a sophomore right now and my major is
dietetics so I study food nutrition and healthcare. I like food and then I want to be healthy and then lastly, I want to help people by eating good food to make them healthy. I chose the University of Kentucky to study here. The reason is I know there is a good program for nutrition and health care and the other reason is I am a big fan of basketball so I know the UK Wildcats’ team very well back in China. So that’s why I wanted to come here to study and watch the basketball games. Before I came here I didn’t know the USA a lot, because I had never been to another country before. I just know the stuff in China. I didn’t know lots of people here, and I
didn’t back at that time my English was not good. I could not speak fluently and I didn’t understand some slang and some accents. Studying here is a little bit different from China. Because in China everyone in my high school
we will study in a classroom. So most of the students will study in the
classroom until like 8 or 9 pm or something. But here we study alone or study with some of your friends. I feel in this way it will be more effective. Because you can study in what way you like. In China people study for passing the exam. I think that’s different. Yeah. And also, in China, there are lots of quizzes and lots of exams. But here, I feel like people- there are also lots of quizzes, but people study for the knowledge more I think. So, in China, there are not lots of labs. But here I feel like the lab is kind of challenging for me. Because I don’t have any experience for writing the lab reports in English or to finish the lab by myself. Yeah, it’s hard. Because like I always pour more liquid in
the graduated cylinders and sometimes that screws me up. Yeah, so, the other part is here there are lots of resources. So, I like to talk with my TAs because in China we don’t have a TAs. So, the TA means Teaching assistant. So, they will hold the lab class for you. And for me, I like my TA for Chemistry 111 lab. She is very nice and she always explains the things for students very well. One thing that UK did very well is to share UK’s Culture for students. I can see almost everywhere on campus people wear UK logo shirts and UK hats and lots of people just celebrate. I like to play basketball in the Johnson Center in my free time. I also like to ride a bicycle to go to the downtown and to go across the whole campus. So, I enjoyed riding a bicycle, yeah. And sometimes I also go to the student center to watch movies in the new theater. For sharing the Chinese culture, and – we always go to some Chinese restaurants to eat and I know some people who are learning how to speak Chinese. And we can go there and I can teach them some names of the Chinese food and teach them how to use chopsticks and to go to the Confucius Institute with them to talk about Chinese culture. I work as a team member of the International Student Leadership Team, and then I got a social chair in the International Student Council. We host International Student Orientation. So, in that orientation, we introduce campus resources and the campus events and some common knowledge for the upcoming freshman. We also hold lots of events such as the Global Festival, and the yoga night, like game night, and ice cream social. So, my favorite part is the ice cream social. For me I joined a professional fraternity – Yeah, so that is a business fraternity and, in that fraternity, we can learn the interview skills, and we can learn how to dress up, and how to eat well in a banquet, and then we also learn how to build up your resume. The advice I want to give you is- the first point is you should get involved in the events, so, I mean you should take part in an organization. Yeah. So, from that organization, you can make new friends, improve your language,
and to know American culture.