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Freshers in China & the UK

Hi, I’m George. I’ve recently started assisting InternChina’s GM, Jamie, in the Manchester office. I’m reading Marketing at MMU here in Manchester and will be working on various initiatives during my time here.
Although it’s only been a couple of weeks at InternChina, I’ve been struck by what a pleasant and helpful everyone here is. I’ve been welcomed with open arms, well metaphorical arms for the most part, as communication with colleagues in China is all done over the Internet! It took some getting used to at first, but after mastering coping with the time differences I’ve got the hang of it!

As I mentioned earlier, I’m at university – to be more precise, my second year of university. Last week marked the end of something called “freshers’”. I’ve done some research and found that other countries have various different names for it – orientation, welcome week, frosh week etc. If none of those words mean anything, essentially, it’s just the start of the first term of the academic year.

InternChina-Manchester's-new-intern-George
InternChina- Manchester’s new intern George

I must be frank and truthful and say that here in the UK, freshers’ is typically a week (or two) long, predominantly spent socialising with new acquaintances usually over a drink or ten. Alongside this, it’s a time to sign up for societies and gather everything needed for a years independent study.

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InternChina- Freshers Week

In other countries, it seems a very similar affair, with socialising, drinking and preparation being the key focuses of the week.
However, I couldn’t find anything about university students in China starting their first year. I’m curious to know if there’s an equivalent ‘event’. Unfortunately, I’m not lucky enough to have travelled to China yet, and so am not completely sure of such cultural differences.
Has anyone reading this experienced the Chinese equivalent of freshers’?

I hope to eventually travel to China – maybe then I’ll find out!

I’m looking forward to the work ahead with InternChina, and wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone and everyone!

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