Monica E. Rhodes 2018-03-29
My name is Monica E. Rhodes. I am sixty-one years old and am currently a sophomore at Texas Southern University where I am learning Chinese language and culture at the Confucius Institute. It has been an amazing experience for a number of reasons. I love to sing and have had the opportunity to sing beautiful Chinese songs before my fellow colleagues and faculty. I hope to add these beautiful songs to my repertoire as a wedding singer and broaden my network. I also enjoy eating out and love Chinese food, and now I place my order speaking the language and make my waiter or waitress smile. When I see my Chinese neighbors or even strangers, I can offer a friendly greeting of hello that is familiar to them.
Two of my nephews have been attending a Chinese Immersion Elementary School for past three years and I hope to become a teacher at their school. I am looking forward to visiting China some day and maybe teaching there. Just by learning Chinese I have increased my possibilities of obtaining a promising career in education.
There is an Asian Society of Texas in Houston that I plan to visit now that I have learned so much about Chinese culture. I have had the privilege of hearing a Chinese government official, meeting and taking a photo with a famous Chinese actor, attending concerts of students from Chinese universities, and viewing a Chinese exhibit held in the campus museum. I love sharing what I have learned with family and friends. The music, holidays, traditions and the history of China changed my outlook my life goals, and boosted my confidence.
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