STUDENT Spotlight
Zaria Greene, China Cultural Exchange Program participant

Student Spotlight is a regularly-updated feature that highlights Baltimore County Public Schools students involved in a wide range of activities and programs. In this Student Spotlight, Zaria Greene, a Grade 12 student at Randallstown High School, discusses her involvement in the China Cultural Exchange Program. (To see more student spotlights, click here.

Student Spotlight
Zaria Greene, China Cultural Exchange Program participant

How long have you studied Chinese?
I studied Chinese for three years: Grades 9-11. That’s what was offered by my school.

Why did you choose to study Chinese?
I chose Chinese because I like the sound it makes when spoken, the culture and writing out Chinese characters.

What is the China Cultural Exchange Program?
The China Cultural Exchange Program is a program that helps students learn more about Chinese cultures by visiting China. A Chinese student visits the United States to learn the American culture, and an American student goes to China to learn the Chinese culture.

How and when did you become interested in the program?
I became interested in the program while choosing a high school when I was in Grade 9. Randallstown High School was the only school that offered Chinese in my area.

What was the extent of your involvement in the program?
I have been in the China Cultural Exchange Program for three years, from 2011 to 2014. In 2011, I traveled to Xi’an, China, where I lived for three months with a family that lived with me in the United States and I learned things from living within the Chinese household that I would not have learned in school.

What did you learn from the program?
I saw firsthand how Chinese people lived on a daily basis.

What is your favorite memory from the program?
My favorite memories from the program were going to karaoke with my exchange student, learning how to bargain with Chinese vendors and visiting the Terracotta warriors.

How did you continue your study of Chinese after participating in the program?
I continued to learn Chinese with the help of an excellent teacher, Ms. Li.

Overall, what impact did the program have on you?
It had a good impact – it helped many colleges in accepting me when they saw I participated in the China Cultural Exchange Program.

What would you like others who are interested in studying Chinese or participating in the exchange program to know?
I would like students interested in the program to know that it is a good program if you are interested in Chinese language and culture.

What is your plan for post-graduation?
My plan is to take up Chinese studies when I go to college.


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