Hometown: Kerhonkson, N.Y.
Major: Entrepreneurship and Management (Build the Enterprise)
Junior Andrea Stoddard, a business major from from Kerhonkson, N.Y., was able to learn first-hand about Chinese business practice, through the College’s Build the Enterprise program this past fall.
“I lived in Qingdao and worked at Qingdao Davos Industrial Co., Ltd., a local, Chinese-owned company that produces wind turbines,” Andrea said. Through an arrangement set up by Professor Charles Crowell, Director of Build the Enterprise, Andrea worked in the company’s sales department, helping to set up online marketing and creating an online professional presence for them. “I was also their go to person when they needed help making translations, and communicating in English,” Andrea added. Working five days a week, 9-5:30, was standard for Andrea. But she also learned that, “…it was really interesting to experience Chinese business practice first hand, because some things are very different from what I am used to in the USA.”
Andrea lived with a family in China, who had a 20-year-old son. There was another intern staying with them who was 23 years old and was from Germany. “I really enjoyed living with the family,” Andrea said. “They were very nice and helped me out whenever I needed something.” The family brought Andrea along on a four-day trip to their home village, outside of Qingdao. “I really bonded with them…there I really experienced the Chinese culture,” Andrea added. “Everyone was extremely kind and welcoming.”
On Chinese culture, Andrea said, “At the moment it is a mix between modern practices and traditions. The food is amazing. You don't always know what you are eating, but it always tastes really good. I noticed meals are important in the culture, and it sometimes feels like a celebration.”
“There is so much I could say about my experience. I met amazing people, and I would go back if I had the chance.”
Thomas Redden, Ph.D. - Professor, The Donald Everett Axinn Division of Social Sciences.