It has been one week and a half since the group returned to Michigan, just long enough for the jet lag to wear off and for the moments shared in China to become some of the students’ favorite memories.
From meeting with some of the most talented names in advertising to trying squid, jellyfish and more exotic foods at local restaurants, there was no shortage of great experiences.
A few of the students shared their best moments…
Paige Bruno, advertising senior, Team Pulp Non-Fiction
“I guess if I had to pick, I’d say all the times we went out for lunch and dinner. I’m usually not super adventurous with food, but I tried a few things I never thought I would!” Paige said. “Plus, it was a ton of fun to take breaks from the competition and just eat and hang out with everyone.”
Sarah Goodyear, advertising senior, Team Flight Club
Sarah enjoyed “experiencing (the Chinese) culture through trying new foods” like dumplings, seaweed, jellyfish and bamboo. She also noted some additional experiences such as taking a ride with Mary Jane in a tuk tuk, a three-wheeled vehicle used as a taxi in many Asian countries; Quinn’s unfortunate yet comical run-in with the revolving door at the hotel; and visiting the Shanghai Tower at night. Above all, Sarah loved “working with a group of talented and creative individuals who made this trip truly unforgettable.”
Yi Rong, advertising senior, Team Flight Club
Yi was one of the MSU students originally from China who competed in the 2016 One Show. She found traveling with Americans to be very amusing at times, watching their reactions to different foods and environments.
“In Chinese, basically, we eat everything, however, some of the Americans are not used to eat some of the Chinese food, such as the blood, or chicken head,” Yi said.
In terms of the One Show Greater China Festival, Yi said the cross-cultural brainstorming was very “impressive” because both the American students and the Chinese students approached the brief differently, but through collaboration they were able to effectively work together.
As time will continue to pass and the students’ 10 days in China will seem further and further away, the connections, skills and memories created together will serve as reminders of the incredible learning opportunity they were given through the Department of Advertising + PR at Michigan State University.
About the blog
The students' experiences in China will be documented in both English and Chinese by two journalism students from Michigan State University traveling with the group.