Jingze Sun (Michael)
Home Country: China
Major: Economics and Psychology
Graduation Year: 2016
What made you want to study at a US university and CWRU in particular?
At the beginning of my high school years, I realized that American universities would be more suitable for my college education, because of not only their highly-regarded reputation around the globe, but also the brilliant education experience and the opportunities they offer to their students.
I chose Case Western Reserve University not just because it was the best university offer I received at the end of my university application period, moreover, its relative small size and rigorous undergraduate education gave me impression that it was place where I could get an excellent education as well as be challenged academically.
What do you miss most about your home country?
I came from Beijing, a lively metropolitan city filled with exciting and emotional stories of remarkable people and polished by intriguing and profound history. The thing I miss most about is the life as a citizen in Beijing. I miss the walk I used to enjoy in the Olympic Park. I miss the authentic Chinese food I used to have every day. I miss the majestic views I used to found across all the places of interests within the city. I could no longer enjoy the life of excitement I used to have after I came to Cleveland. (Ironically, many Chinese students who came from big metropolitan cities such as Beijing or Shanghai usually refer to Cleveland as “Cle-village” instead of “Cleveland city”.)
How has your global perspective changed now that you have studies in US?
Thanks to the generosity and kindness of my American friends, I had some opportunities to visit their families in different cities. When I was talking to them, at first I noticed that they were curious about the culture of my home country, and sometimes they had misunderstandings about Chinese people. However, as our conversations went deeper, I realized that we all wanted the same things for our families. From a standing point of global perspective, I believe it is important for all of us to realize that although we are differentiated by different cultural believes, we all want the best for the ones we love and cherish, and we can overcome those ideological obstacles by sincere conversations.
What is your favorite spot on campus?
My favorite spot on campus is the quiet study room on the third floor of Kelvin Smith Library. It is place where I can stay concentrated and productive the most. It is really hard to get yourself distracted when everyone else around you are focused on studying. I also enjoy having a bottle of Starbucks coffee and some snacks from the cafe on the first floor when I get tired.
What was your favorite class at CWRU, and why?
My favorite class at CWRU is my first university seminars course: USSY288R - Business Ethics in China. I really liked the professor of that class. His lectures motivated students’ critical thinking. His knowledge of Chinese business culture was exceptional. Also, since there were both American students and Chinese students in his class, there were many interesting debates on cultural and ethical issues in his lectures. I think his class provides a great opportunity for both Chinese and American students to understand the culture of each other better.
What advice would you give to students arriving to study at CWRU?
As one of the America’s top universities, you will find many challenging but inspiring courses at Case Western Reserve University. Prepare yourself as much as possible before you come to CWRU. Also, our university provides many opportunities to students with a variety of academic and career interests, so make sure you utilize them and stay engaged. You will never know what you can discover in place where you can enjoy an excellent education, along with people who are willing to provide assistance and friends who are happy to share a joyful student life with you.