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Alumnus Jared Psigoda

Jared Psigoda

I graduated from Ohio State in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese and Japanese, and a Master’s in Chinese through the Chinese Flagship Program.

I chose Ohio State because it was close to home, but it enabled me to reach further in distance and aptitude. After studying one year of Chinese at Ohio State, my instructors recommended me to participate in an elementary study abroad program in Qingdao. I participated in the Chinese Flagship Program’s study abroad portion which included both language-focused classes as well as normal Chinese graduate course study where we were allowed to choose which subjects we wanted to study. I also participated in several internship programs arranged by Ohio State, the most memorable of which was my volunteering with the Qingdao Olympic Committee for the sailing portion of the 2008 Olympic Games in Qingdao.

After graduating I have stayed in China for the past several years. The language and work experience that my studies at Ohio State allowed me has been incredibly beneficial in my work life, which requires a deep understanding of Chinese culture. Experiencing another culture trains you to look at the world from an entirely new perspective. Learning a new language allows you to communicate with and learn about millions (or billions) of human beings that you previously would not have had an opportunity to come to understand. All in all, spending some time abroad allows you to become a more well-rounded person, which is essential to working in today’s global society. 

I absolutely believe students who have international experiences are more competitive in today’s job market. With the advancement of technology and ease of travel, the world is becoming a much smaller place. Individuals without cross-cultural knowledge and experience will not be competitive in a market where there are more and more individuals who have devoted a part of their life to learning about the world outside of their backyard. It makes more sense to hire a business development manager who is fluent in Chinese and understands Chinese culture rather than an employee without the Chinese knowledge and an interpreter. If I were to share, I would encourage you to get out there and experience the world! But for Ohio State, I would probably not be in China doing what I am doing now.