Alpha Delta Kappa hears presentation on Chinese Culture
At the August Alpha Delta Kappa meeting, Jim Schwoebel, a 2009 Newnan High School graduate made a presentation on Chinese culture through the perspective of an international student researcher. Schwoebel now attends Georgia Tech as a 5th year biomedical engineering major.
This topic is of particular interest to Alpha Delta Kappa sorority, as it directly relates to fostering international understanding. Schwoebel was granted an opportunity to perform research in China during the summer 2011 semester, through the Chinese Undergraduate Research Experiences (CURE) Program.
In this National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded program, an undergraduate is selected to do an independent biomedical research project at Peking University in Beijing, China. The purpose is to allow the undergraduate to bring skills home to the research laboratory at Georgia Tech, fostering collaboration.
Schwoebel shared pictures and videos of cultural experiences while performing research in an international laboratory and occasionally playing basketball with Chinese students and communicating with local Chinese pupils on their perception of American culture. As a student living within an international housing community, he traveled to various tourist hubs including Beijing Olympic Park, The Forbidden City, and Tiananmen Square.
“Peking University is often considered the ‘Harvard’ of China, with Tsinghua University, across the street, compared to the ‘MIT’ of China,” he noted, describing the environment at Peking University. “Chinese students often have their careers decided over only test score results.”
“Although I had to struggle everyday to survive language barriers, I feel I can now talk with individuals from China in the business community,” he added.
Jim hopes to graduate from Georgia Tech in the Spring of 2014 and pursue a career as an entrepreneur within the healthcare information technology industry.