15 Sep Life in the CLE – Student Assistants’ Perspective
Working here in CLE as student assistants, we get a unique and valuable opportunity to improve not only our English but also our own overall abilities.
With an excellent atmosphere of communication among different cultures, we have learned a lot and got many chances to practise our oral English when helping friendly teachers from all over the world in the CLE. Doing some paperwork, connecting the CLE and other departments in SUSTech, helping to decorate the English classrooms and dealing with great teachers, experts and scholars from home and abroad are our daily jobs, which dramatically change us by improving our time management skills, communication skills, independence skills and team spirit.
The most incredible experience in my school life has been to be a tour guide for new members of our SUSTech family or experts visiting our school, showing them the beauty and charm of Shenzhen, where I grew up.
I remember that the first time I met Joseph I was so nervous and doubted myself. But he was very kind and open-minded, encouraging me to join in the conversation. It was a great pleasure to chat with a foreign teacher like him. We went biking along the seashore in the Mangrove Coastal Ecological Park on a tandem bicycle, which was a new thing for Joseph to try. It was a humid but interesting afternoon.
I feel proud to introduce our school and city, but to me, the most valuable thing is that although I made several mistakes, I made progress by learning from them and being taught by them at the same time.
Although the center will give salary us for our work, it is not the essential reason I chose to work here. I feel that I can find my special value here, which is not easily shown in other aspects of my daily life.
For example, I helped the center to construct the website. During the period of constructing it, I practised my communication skills in the conversations with staff in the IT department, foreign teachers in the CLE etc. In addition, I learned more about how SUSTech works. Thus we can understand more about staff and teachers in the university. Here, I get to care more about others.
In my spare time in the CLE, I will try to learn something new, for there is an up and-coming atmosphere. Many teachers here are trying to lean more useful knowledge and skills. For them, maybe learning is a thing that will not come to an end.
To study in SUSTech, English is a necessary skill and gradually becomes more important, for it is an extremely useful and globally universal tool for academic and life purposes. Being a student assistant in CLE offers great studying experiences to us. This is like a class but more than a class that any ordinary university can provide.