Sunflowers bloom on the banks of the Qiantang River. This year, School of Management and E-Business has enrolled 72 international freshmen from 19 countries. Affected by the epidemic, new students who have been studying online abroad have not had the opportunity to get to know each other and the school. In order to help students better integrate into campus life, on the afternoon of October 21, the online welcome meeting of 2020 SME international students was held in classroom B131.
The meeting was hosted by Jia Yu and Monica Shu from the International Department of SME Student Union, and invited SME Vice Dean Peihua Fu, the Director of SME International Education Center Elwin Mao, the representative of the freshman class head teacher Andrew Zhu, and the international student counselor Rosa Yu to attend the event. All freshmen watched the live broadcast online. This meeting was divided into three parts: teachers’ speeches, students’ speeches and freshman class meeting.
At the beginning of the meeting, Professor Peihua Fu introduced the professional profile and teaching conditions of our school to the students, and expressed his wishes to the freshmen, hoping that everyone can treat their study with confidence, self-discipline, and self-improvement attitude, and try best to become a person with “profession, culture and global vision”.
Next, Mr. Elwin Mao added in his speech that the students did an absolutely correct choice of coming to Hangzhou, the e-commerce capital, to study E-commerce and Logistics Management, and welcomed every international freshman who joined SME big family.
Mr. Andrew Zhu, the head teacher of freshmen majoring in E-commerce, gave a detailed introduction to everyone from the aspects of school life, and reminded everyone to observe the rules and regulations, stay away from drugs, and study abroad safely.
In the second part of the meeting, the international freshmen class assistants Scarlett Wang, Fairy Ruan, Jia Yu, and Sophia Ruan shared their feelings about ZJSU to the freshmen, and encouraged every student to study hard and actively participate in various activities in and outside the school.
Next, we invited representatives of new and old international students to speak. As a representative of the old students, Hami, a junior from Yemen, shared his learning experience with the freshmen and explained the importance of studying hard and pursuing dreams. Aleksandra, a freshman representative from Russia, expressed her eager hope for a new life in the university and an early meeting with her classmates in the near future in fluent Chinese.
This was followed by a presentation by the International Department of SME Student Union. Nora Li, the Minister of the International Department, introduced the work and special activities of the International Department vividly, and expressed her expectation and welcome for the international members to join.
After the welcome meeting, the four freshmen class assistants held freshmen class meetings for their respective classes. Through the Dingtalk video call, the class assistants guided the new students to introduce themselves in turn. In some classes, activists directly sent photos in the group. The atmosphere of the class meeting was relaxed and happy. The laughter and kindness dilute the distance between them and let everyone feel the warmth of the class family. This is the first time for freshmen to meet each other face to face online. From then on students who only knew their names finally have concrete images in their minds.
This online welcome meeting is a good start for freshmen to integrate into campus life. It has built a bridge of communication between freshmen and the school online, allowing freshmen from all over the world to feel the care and warmth from SME. Let us look forward to the offline reunion after the epidemic, and we believe that everyone will spend the next four years at ZJSU in a rich and colorful school time and write your own gorgeous chapter.