On April 19th, Project Pengyou hosted a reception for the newly admitted students of Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). The event had over 50 attendees, including the Hopkins Beijing Alumni Club President John Ji, the Hopkins—Nanjing Center’s Career Counselor Robbie Shields, as well as other notable alumni from the US Embassy and consulting firms.
The reception allowed newly admitted students to socialize and network amongst themselves, as well as with Hopkins alumni, who gave advice to the entire incoming class, urging students to meet as many international students as possible. They advised the students (who were mostly Chinese,) not only to befriend Americans, but other international students as well so that they can learn as much about the world as possible.
Robbie Shields, HNC’s Career Counselor, gave some insightful comments to the audience, telling them, “The problem that many you will face will be the stress of choice, but you should consider yourselves lucky to face this struggle…you should [also] feel proud to be where you are…as you will be the next generation of world leaders”.