My Study Abroad Experience…in China!

At Jefferson, studying abroad is just one way students can experience Nexus Learning: our hands-on, interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to solving real world problems.

For our International Business majors, Nexus Learning takes place not only outside of the classroom, but outside of the country. As an International Business major, you will be challenged, and required, to study abroad in a non-English speaking country to experience a truly global business environment. Leah, a senior International Business major, reflected on her time spending a semester abroad learning and working in China.

It’s one thing when you’re going across the pond to study to Europe, but it’s a whole other thing when it’s across the world, specifically to China. I spent two months in the summer studying in China while I was interning at a local nonprofit organization.

Before I left, I had just come home from spending a semester in Paris. I was happy to be home, but at the same time I was ready to leave again. I love to travel and being an international business student has provided me with so many possibilities that I have been able to take. I spent my time researching and preparing for the many differences I would face going to China. For one, I was trying to get myself ready for the language barrier. When I went to Paris, I had four years of French under my belt from high school. When I went to China, I had nothing. As my date of departure neared, I started to become more nervous about leaving. I didn’t know what I was going to walk into, I didn’t know what was expected of me for my internship, and I had no clue if I would even be able to sit through a 14-hour flight.

When I arrived, the culture shock hit me at first because there were so many changes. I think in my entire time I spent there, I probably went through this exact culture shock twice a week. I never realized how intense the heat was there during the summer days. Immediately, the program I was studying through had us go through orientation. Everything I needed to know to survive in China was given to us. We were also tested to see what level of Chinese we would be placed in. In my program, I had to take two classes. One was a Chinese language class and the other was a career-based class that went with my internship. Majority of my time in China was spent between class, working, and trying to see as much as I could. I was lucky enough with my program that we got two long weekends that we could use for travel.

During my internship I was initially told that I was going to be an accounting intern and help with any legal disputes. This was my first realization that people tend to misstate job descriptions about jobs in China because having a higher career status means everything there. A lot of people want a business internship or want something of a high status. Many of the natives there find a Public Relations internship unappealing because it doesn’t have high status. Because of this, it was shocking when I arrived on day one to be told that I was going to be a Public Relations intern. It didn’t know Chinese when I got there, and I was enrolled in a Chinese 101 class at my university. My bosses helped walk me through my responsibilities and were always available when I needed help. I spent a lot of my time updating their website, rewriting old articles that were unclear, contacted advertisers and companies, worked one on one with their marketing department, and rewrote an entire catalog for them. Even though I was given an internship that I might have not applied for prior to my experience, I was able to learn a lot and now I have a great internship that stands out on my resume.

I was shocked that I was able to learn a little bit of Chinese. We started out slow and learned general phrases that helped us out in our everyday life. This was also the first class that I had ever taken that was completely oral. We professor focused heavily on speaking because she knew that we were immersed within their culture on a day to day basis. She wanted us to feel as welcome and comfortable in a very different society. I didn’t realize how complicated the language was until I felt like a one year old trying to make sounds. I was very fortunate that my internship class was taught in English. I only had this class on certain dates, which I was glad about. This let me have more time to explore the city.

Exploring the city led me to the see the Bund, with its glowing view at night, participate in traditional tea rituals, walk through the historical and magnificent gardens, visit Buddhist temples, go to the Yu Garden, and relax in the exotic and fun nightlife. I found my new love of Ma Po Tofu and Noodle Soup. My first trip was taken with my school and they took us to Beijing. I got to see the Summer Palace, visit the Great Wall, and had dinner at the Emperor’s chef’s house. We went to the night market and Tiananmen square. I learned that the Chinese loved Mao. He was a very inspirational and respected figure in their culture.My second trip took me and my friends to Louyang, where I experienced a more authentic China away from the city. I spent majority of my time at the Longman Grottos and Shaolin Temple. I even saw a Monk! We took an overnight train to Louyang and met a Chinese student on the train, who treated us to a traditional water banquet.

Through my time in China, I was able to experience the rich culture and extremely different way of life. I saw different aspects from traveling to very different cities. I loved getting the chance to go to a part of the world that not many travels to and I wish that any student who is presented with the opportunity to go doesn’t shy away because of the differences. I want them to go and have the great experience that my major had given me the chance to explore.











Coming for Open House? Stay the Weekend!

How to Spend Your Weekend in Philadelphia

 It’s officially the week of our first Fall Open House! With hundreds prospective students and their families expected to visit campus this weekend, we are very busy in the office answering many questions, from how to get here, where to stay, and, most importantly, where to eat.

Open House is an amazing opportunity to gain a ton of information about our various program offerings (including presentations from the faculty themselves), tour our campus, win fun prizes, and meet other prospective students. But one of the most important aspects of the weekend is seeing how you can embrace the city of Philadelphia as an extension of your campus! Make some time during your weekend visit to campus to explore the City of Brotherly Love and the culture that will surround you if you choose to be a Jefferson Ram. Here are some of the fun things ideas to get you started:

  1. Grab a Cheesesteak.

    I mean…duh, right? Here in Philly, we pride ourselves on being able to serve the country’s best cheesesteaks. You may have heard of the famous competition for best cheesesteak between Pat’s and Geno’s but here’s a little secret: Dalessandro’s is the real winner, which just happens to be 5 minutes away from our campus.
    2. Enjoy beautiful art at many of Philadelphia’s art museums.After touring our own mini museum of student work in Hayward Hall, you will definitely be inspired to check out some artwork in Philadelphia. Be sure to check out the Art Museum (Jefferson University students get in free), the Franklin Institute, the Rodin Museum, and all the other museums Philadelphia has to offer. Don’t be surprised if when you go to the Museum of Art you see many people running up the stairs – this is where Rocky Balboa finishes his famous run!

3. Explore East Falls, our hometown.

Our campus is located just on the outskirts of Center City Philadelphia, in our hometown East Falls. Located along the Schuylkill (sku-kill) River and dreamy Kelly Drive, our neighborhood is full of history. What started as an “industrial community known for textile mills and catfish dinners” has turned into the perfect spot for businesses, coffee shops, restaurants, and more! Be sure to explore all of the offerings of East Falls. Our students’ favorite? Vault & Vine: a coffee shop and floral retail studio in one. While you enjoy some of the city’s best coffee, you sit among gorgeous arrangements of succulents and support local and sustainable brands.

4. Explore Manayunk, our charming neighboring college town.

Just 10 minutes from our East Falls campus lies Manayunk, a Philadelphia neighborhood that prides itself for having an “urban experience, small town charm.” Stroll along Main Street and stop into the eclectic boutiques, cozy coffee shops, and try some of the amazing food. Our top recommendations? Lucky’s Last Chance (for the pierogi burger), Winnie’s (for brunch), Insomnia Cookies (for those warm cookies delivered right to your door), and Couch Tomato (for seasonal pizza, sandwiches, and salads).

5. Experience Wawa.

For those of you asking “what’s a Wawa?”: 1. I am truly sorry. 2. Prepare for the best coffee and hoagies you could ever ask for. We are lucky enough to have 2 Wawa’s within about a 10 mile radius of our campus. Be sure to treat yourself to a coffee before our early start Saturday!

6. Get into the fall spirit by attending a local harvest festival.

With weather expected to be sunny and in the low 60’s, it will officially feel like fall! While our Ravenhill campus will be a source of great fall footage for your Instagram, there will be many activities around Philadelphia if you are searching for more events to get you into the autumn spirit. Check out some of our favorite places nearby, including Linvilla Orchards, Shady Book Farms, and Reading Terminal Market. Best part? Most of these attractions are free!

7. Explore the historical areas.

Philadelphia is one of the most historic cities in our country; after all, it is the birthplace of the United States! Spend some of your weekend learning about the history of the City of Brotherly Love by visiting the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, National Museum of Jewish History, the Betsy Ross House, the National Constitution Center, or The African American Museum.

8. Get Outside!

Philadelphia in the fall is breathtakingly gorgeous, so spend some time outside and take it all in! There is an entrance to Wissahickon Trail right on the corner of our campus. This is a popular hiking spot in the area and you’ll be in great company with the many runners and cyclists that use this recreational area.

9. Ask us for suggestions!

Here in East Falls, we pride ourselves on having the luxury of learning on a park-like campus but having a Philadelphia zip code and our Center City campus just 15 minutes away. During your visit, ask our students what they like to do on the weekend to make Philadelphia feel like home. And if you find your new favorite spot, don’t forget to share it with us!

We can’t wait to see you on campus this weekend for our first fall Open House. Sign up now: (http://www NULL.philau NULL.html). Can’t make it this Saturday? We hope to see you at our November 10th Open House instead, or follow along on our Instagram for full coverage @jeffersonadmissions.

How to Ace Your Campus Tour

By: Lauren Mellott

I’m thinking of a word. This word characterizes ambitions and goals, a campus tour, and even an entire college career. Clothed in wishes and dreams, desires and needs, this word is… YOU! When it comes to your college decision, it’s all about you. For the next four, five, six, seven, eight, however many years your educational goals require, it is all about you. Your happiness and success, as well as your struggles and failures. When it comes to picking a college, the decision is yours, as a student; and the only way to truly be sure that you have found the right place is to go on a tour and feel like a student for a day.

When I was a prospective student, I was so overwhelmed with the amount of I information received, whether it was snail mail, through email, and even over the phone. With so many options, it can be so difficult to feel like you are actually making the right decision, which is why a campus tour is so important. Receiving information on the internet or through a brochure may give you the information you need, but a campus tour gives you a behind the scenes look of things you cannot experience until you step on campus, things like the culture, diversity, and personality.

I have given hundreds of tours over these past four years, so I consider myself a bit of an expert on how to get the most out of your campus tour. Here are some of the ways you can make sure you have the best experience and leave knowing much more about Jefferson.

Before you come for tour, think about the things that are most important to you in a college. Is it the food? Is it the facilities? Is it being able to walk instead of drive from your dorm to your classroom? On tour, we’re going to show you everything – dining halls, classrooms, residence halls, studios, athletic facilities, and, believe it or not, more; and we don’t expect you to remember it all. But pay close attention to those factors that you find most important and take note.

Pay attention to what your tour guide is saying. I know, it seems pretty obvious. But sometimes, it is the littlest story that may spark your interest or connect with you. We are students, just like you will be, and were in your shoes a short while ago. We know what emotions you may be feeling, and are trying to cater the tour to your unique interests. You and your family have traveled to see what Jefferson is all about, so take the time to really hear what your student tour guide is saying. This is your time and your visit, and paying attention is only going to be beneficial to the amount of useful information you remember when it comes time to make your decision.

If something a tour guide says doesn’t make sense, don’t be afraid to ask them to clarify! What makes sense to a current student may not make sense to you – it doesn’t mean that you don’t belong on campus. You just haven’t learned the antics that makes us uniquely Jefferson yet. Asking questions is another way to get the most out of your tour. Remember those things I asked you to think about? The things that are most important to you? If they’re not covered on tour, don’t be afraid to ask! This day is all about you and what you need to make an informed decision, so take advantage of that and use your time wisely!

Not only should you ask questions, but try to be okay with your parents asking questions. I know, I know – they’re SO embarrassing, but they also know a thing or two about going to college, living independently, or about you as a person. They have known you since they day you were born (which my mom likes to remind me of quite frequently) and often have a good sense of where you’ll thrive. Let them ask questions because this is just as exciting and sometimes overwhelming for them as it is for you. They ultimately want what’s best for you, and while you’re thinking of all the fun events there are to attend on and off campus, they’re thinking of how safe you’ll be walking home from the library or studio late at night (thanks, mom J).

When it comes to a campus tour, you hold the reigns. What you want to see, do, and experience is up to you. Our tour guides are here for you, so take advantage of the knowledge they hold as a student at Jefferson, and do all you can to find the best fit for you. See you soon!

Counselor Corner – Applying to Jefferson

Counselor Corner – Applying to Jefferson

Fact vs. Fiction

With Labor Day and heat waves (hopefully) behind us, the Admissions office at Jefferson is ready to move into the 2018-2019 school year at full force. For you Seniors out there, we know the start of your year means the start of application season, with many hours of your once “free time” now dedicated to crafting the perfect essay, tracking down your favorite teachers for letters of recommendation, and touring campuses to decide where you will apply. Throughout the college application process, Jefferson Admissions Counselors will be sharing some helpful information about all things college in our Counselors’ Corner series. We’re here to provide behind the scenes advice on how you can make yourself a strong applicant.

For our first tip in Counselors’ Corner, we will be distinguishing between the biggest facts and fictions we hear from students as they apply to Jefferson. How many can you guess correctly?

1. If I use the Jefferson Application instead of the Common Application, it will increase my chances of becoming admitted.

Fiction. We do not have a preference for which type application you choose to submit. Simply use whichever application you find to be more efficient. If you are applying to other schools on the Common Application, feel free to use it for us as well.

2. I’ll be eligible for a higher merit scholarship if I apply by the Early Action deadline.

Fiction. We will review all eligible applicants for the same merit award opportunities regardless of if they apply by the early action or regular decision deadline. Additionally, all applicants are automatically considered for merit scholarship; there is no additional form or application to fill out. Keep in mind there are other benefits to applying by the Early Action deadline. Check those out on our Apply (http://eastfalls NULL.jefferson NULL.html) page.

3. Visiting campus can be an important step of the application process.

Fact. Visiting campus can really help you get a feel for what type of college experience you are looking for. Do you see yourself in big classes or small classes? Are you more excited about an urban campus or a cozy, tranquil setting? We have a variety of exciting events throughout the fall and spring that will help you move one step closer to uncovering what’s important to you in a college. So come visit campus and get to know Jefferson! Oh, and did I mention if you visit campus you’ll receive a $40 application fee waiver?

4. I’m just a “number” to my admissions counselor.

Fiction. Your admissions counselor is your first point of contact for all things Jefferson. We care about making the application process an easy and even fun one. We are so excited to get to know you as we help you navigate this monumental step. Your assigned admissions counselor will read every part of your application and can be your biggest advocate. Be sure you are making a relationship with us!

5. If several students from my high school are applying to Jefferson, I have a lower chance of being admitted.

Fiction. We review students for admissibility based on their academic history and perceived ability to contribute to the Jefferson community. It’s great if some of your classmates want to apply to Jefferson! But it won’t impact your personal admissions decision.

6. My admissions counselor won’t actually read my essay.

Fiction. Use your essay as an opportunity to tell us a little bit more about you. Is there an activity on your application you’d love to expand on? Great. Is there something unique about your background that you’d love to share? Perfect. Please use your essay section thoughtfully—learning about who you are as a student and as a member of our community is one of our favorite parts of the job!

7. The most important advocate you can have throughout the application process is yourself.

Fact. We totally get that applying to college can seem confusing and even a little daunting. That’s why we encourage you to reach out with any concerns that you have—we thoroughly believe that there is no such thing as a silly question! Building a strong relationship with your admissions counselor will help us get to know you. In addition, the better we know you, the better we are equipped to assist you on your college journey.

The most important thing to remember as you navigate this process the next few months is that you are in the driver’s seat. You decide where you will visit. You decide where you will apply. And ultimately, you decide where you will attend. Our admissions office is here to assist you throughout the process, from answering questions about your intended major to filling out your application to greeting you on campus at our many events. Come meet us on campus (http://eastfalls NULL.jefferson NULL.html) at one of our upcoming information sessions and be sure to follow us on our social media to stay up to date on deadlines and what’s happening on campus!

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Jefferson Soars in Latest U.S. News Rankings

Breaking News:

We just took “redefining humanly possible” to a whole new level. On September 10th, U.S. News & World Report released their 2019 Best Colleges Rankings, and Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) was named #15 in Best Regional Universities (North), up from a #64 spot last year. It doesn’t stop there. We were also recognized as #5 most innovative and #30 best value colleges. Innovation and return on investment are the heartbeat of our institution, and these rankings solidify what we had already known was true: Jefferson is the future of higher education.

Our president, Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA, explains: “When we made the decision to Thomas Jefferson University and Philadelphia University, we set out to be transformational in our approach to teaching and learning…. Today’s news is further validation that we made the right choice, at the right time, to merge our strengths and advance a new model of higher education infused with creativity across disciplines for the benefit of our students, families, alumni, faculty and staff.”

The energy on Jefferson’s campuses is palpable, whether it is in the simulation labs for our health science majors, late nights in the studio for our design students, or simply on the grassy quad during a Campus Involvement Fair. At Jefferson, each day brings a new challenge and a new opportunity for our students to combine their unique skills in order to present a solution. The University’s proven approach to collaborative, hands-on, professional education prepares our graduates to be innovative and effective in the workplace, and have jobs waiting for them when they graduate.

To read the entire list of rankings, click here (https://www NULL.usnews To see the #5 most innovative school for yourself, sign up for a visit today (http://eastfalls NULL.jefferson NULL.html)!

Jefferson Uncoded: Your Guide to Talking the Talk on Campus

By: Kellyn ‘19

Picture this: you’re walking around campus on a beautiful fall day during your first semester at Jefferson, when suddenly, someone comes up to you and says “Hey! I know you’re ID and I’m TMT, but wanna grab CFT after FYS? Or would you rather go to the Hub for some Late Night?” And then you’re all like…”Um…IDK?”

When starting at Jefferson it can be hard to get used to all the lingo that gets thrown around. Between the names of buildings, majors, and events, you might feel you need your own dictionary to keep track of all of the abbreviations used by both students and faculty. No need to fear! I am here to break down some of the most commonly used words and phrases used around campus. Think of this blog post as your guide to Jefferson lingo!

Different Majors:

Trying to keep track of which major is which:

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With the wide range of programs you can study on campus (more than 40 majors!), there can be many abbreviations you might hear without having any idea what they mean.

FMM = Fashion Merchandising and Management
ID = Industrial Design
TMT = Textile Materials Technology
PA = Physician Assistant
OT = Occupational Therapy

Buildings and Rooms on Campus:

Not every building is called by what’s on the front of the building – with all those long names we found better ways to say them.

DEC = The Lawrence Field DEC Center
A&D = Architecture and Design Center
KPS = Kanbar Performance Space
White House = Reichlin House, where administrative offices are
The Hub = RavenHub
Roxborough House = aka the Arlen Specter Center, where Roxborough Roundtables take place
Quad = Grassy area between Kanbar and the Gutman library
White Corners = the admissions building on the corner of Henry Ave and Schoolhouse Lane

Looking for your building on the first day of class like:

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General Lingo:

How are you supposed to know whether CFT is about food, class, or an event on campus? And what is CAB?

Studio = can refer to any design studio on campus; where some students basically live
Chicken Finger Thursday (CFT) = when Common Thread serves chicken fingers for lunch on Thursdays – get there early to get in line!
Ram Van = the shuttle bus around campus
Late Night = the meal period from 8-12pm in Ravenhill
Break Period = the period from 12:30-2:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays
CAB = Campus Activities Board, who plan many of our campus events
FYS = First Year Seminar

When you and your roommate figure out what CAB means:

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Philly Lingo:

If you hear something that sounds almost like a foreign language on campus, it might just be our Philly locals – or students that adapted to living here already.

SEPTA = the Philly public transit system
KOP = King of Prussia, one of the biggest malls in the U.S. – only 30 minutes away!
Wudder = aka water, H20, what you should hydrate with
Hoagie = a subway sandwich/hero – try one from Wawa ASAP
Water ice = a sweet release from every heat wave, sold at Rita’s all over the city; basically flavored slushies but better
The Birds = Eagles, you know, the NFL world champs, ever heard of ‘em?

You trying to translate Philly language:

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Whether you are a new student trying to adapt to Jefferson Student Life or a prospective student visiting campus, I hope you now feel better equipped to use Jefferson jargon in everyday life. TTYL, and see you at White Corners!


Dear Freshman Me

What I wish I knew when I was a first-year student…

Dear Freshman Me,

You are about to experience and embark on one of your most important experiences in life. I know you can get a little anxious at times, but if you keep these things in mind, Jefferson will feel like home in no time.

You Will Find the Right Fit

Here at Jefferson, there is a place for everyone. Right now, it may seem like you’re a puzzle piece desperately looking for the right fit, but there is a club or organization on campus for everyone. You will fit in this puzzle called Jefferson.

Never Forget where you come from

Is it normal for you to feel homesick? Of course, it is. Keep in touch with your friends from back home. They are probably going through the same experience as you and it would always be nice to hear a familiar voice and share each other’s perspective. Keep in touch with your family, giving them regular updates on your new life (trust me, they worry!). Always remember they are very proud of you and want you to make the best out of your time here at Jefferson.

Network and Create Professional Relationships

Never be afraid to ask that question. Never be afraid to take that step into your professor’s office. Jefferson is all about making connections. Creating professional relationships with your professors can help you in ways you cannot imagine. They can be great mentors, and possibly land you jobs and internships in the future.

People Will Come and Go

It’s very normal for people to come and go in your time in college. That first group of friends you think will last forever, may not. Don’t get too overwhelmed by it, nothing is permanent. You will always find new friends, and sometimes it may be for the best. Believe it or not, sometimes letting go can be the best thing you’ll ever do. Always remember to cherish the good times you’ve had with people.

Relax and Take Time Out for Yourself

It is going to get hectic at times, where you may feel like you can’t relax. Always remember that it is essential to take a break from course work. Socialize. Take that hike. Go on that weekend trip with your friends. Explore Philadelphia. Eat good food. Go to the gym, make full use of the amenities offered to you here at Jefferson. Don’t worry, you will get your work done on time – but breathe, first.

College can be an overwhelming experience, but don’t sweat it. You will find that job, you will find your people and most importantly, you will find yourself. Jefferson will become your home away from home. Is it going to be scary? Of course. Will it be worth the experience? I promise you it will be.


Your Senior Year Self

By Ashlesha Moharana, Jefferson Senior

Are you accepted to Jefferson?

If you have been accepted to Jefferson, let me first of all say, “Congratulations! That’s awesome!”  Your hard work has paid off and you should take time to recognize and celebrate that accomplishment. Like I said, that is awesome.

So, now what?  Now, the fun begins…well, maybe not all fun, but definitely there is some fun to be had from now until move-in day. We have created a private, social network just for accepted students. If you haven’t joined already, I recommend you do that today. You can start to meet future classmates, join online groups with other people in your major or who share your similar interests…and you get to start the groups.  You can keep up-to-date with deadlines, happenings on campus, and upcoming chats/events. You can also meet possible roommates and find answers to questions you have about being a student at Jefferson. Sounds pretty fun, right?

Are you accepted to Jefferson? If so, you should have received an email invite to join the network, so go check that out and register today. If not, send an email to Kathy at (kissanek null@null PhilaU and request your invitation.

If you are ready to deposit – you can do that now (https://wa NULL.philau Again, congratulations – you are now a Ram!

Special Fashion Design and College of Architecture and the Built Environment Visit Days

Are you interested in studying Fashion Design (http://eastfalls NULL.jefferson or one of the majors within the College of Architecture and the Built Environment (http://eastfalls NULL.jefferson (Architecture, Architectural Studies, Construction Management, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture)? If so, join us for a specialized visit.

Your visit will include:

  • Tour of campus
  • Admissions presentation
  • Academic presentation
  • Visit to studios
  • Lunch

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