Ruofei Chen's family is from China and she grew up in Lima, Peru. She knew those parts of the world and studied for her undergraduate degree in Asia and Latin America. When Ruofei Chen chose to start a master's degree program in 2015, she says she wanted something really different. Ruofei Chen chose a new field of study called development practice. This field tries to explain how economic development can help solve poverty and other issues around the world. As this field is so new, only a few universities around the world offer a degree program for it. For Roufei Chen, it has also meant new challenges. Because the U.S. is involved in development around world, Ruofei Chen wanted to study at a U.S. university. She chose Emory University, a private research university just outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Founded by the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1836, the school is now home to over 14,700 students. The founders of the Coca-Cola Company helped build the current campus in 1914. When Ruofei Chen arrived at Emory, she had no idea what to expect. This caused some problems for her right away. Grad school in (the) U.S. can be really busy -- like, really busy, depending on how much elective classes you are enrolled in. Ruofei Chen studies in the hours between her classes, at night and on the weekends. She also has to make connections with people and work on group projects. She is also planning a trip to Nicaragua in the summer of 2016 to help prevent diseases that affect people in poverty. This is part of an Emory Global Health Institute project. All of this happens in English, which is not her native language. But Ruofei Chen has found that Emory wants her to succeed. For over 20 years, Emory's Laney Graduate School English Language Support Program has offered special English lessons. Once a week Ruofei Chen meets one-on-one with Peggy Wagner, a teacher with the program. Together, they work on more than just English grammar or vocabulary. Wagner helps Ruofei Chen examine how her voice sounds and how to use the language in different ways. What's really fun for me is how to find ways to engage in discussions in a more professional way so that they can let their intellect shine and really express the intent that they want. Sharon Chen found similar support when she began her undergraduate studies at Emory in 2014. From Wuhan, China, Sharon Chen says she did not know what she wanted to study when she started looking for schools. She only knew she wanted to study at a U.S. university. Sharon Chen began her research by looking at the U.S. News and World Report. The U.S. News and World Report is a media company that creates a list of what it calls "America's Best Colleges." She saw Emory high on this list and chose to study business at the university. But Sharon Chen was not fully prepared for her U.S. college experience either. She says high school classes in China are not interactive. When her professors at Emory first asked her to speak in class she felt lost. Some of her classes had as many as 36 students in them, but others were as small as six students. These classes required her to engage with native English speakers in unfamiliar ways. Luckily, Natalie Cruz, the director of international student life, was there to support Sharon Chen. Cruz says it is a continuing problem for international students to communicate or make friends with students from the U.S. Cruz began working in the Office of International Student Life at Emory in 2013. She says right away she began looking to solve this problem. So I was able to come in and really work with students to find out what their needs were, how could we really best serve students at Emory? Cruz organizes programs that build relationships between foreign and domestic students. The Conversation Partners program is one example. International students and students from the U.S. join this program and agree to meet once a week to talk. The Office of International Student Life often holds events that celebrate the food and culture of different countries. For her efforts, Cruz was the winner of Emory's Advisor of the Year award for the 2015 school year. Sharon Chen speaks very highly of the help Cruz has given her. Natalie is my mentor and my friend. She taught me a lot and we organize events together. So I enjoy working with her a lot. Ruofei Chen has no regrets about her decision to come to Emory. She loves how personal her learning experience has been. But she does have some advice for international students considering a U.S. education. She says that U.S. universities provide lots of support for their students. But students must be willing to look for that support themselves. She also says students should learn as much as they can about a school before choosing to attend it. Get to know the place before you come. It will help you to minimize the gap between your expectations and what you will actually find here. I'm Pete Musto.
1.choose to do sth 选择做某事
You choose to do things and by dint of your choices, some choices become more learned than others.
2.have no idea 不知道，没思路，没线索
However, I have no idea where to go.
3.make connections with 与某人联系/交往
If you can make connections with these people and get their ear so much the better.
4.require sb to do sth 要求某人做某事
I have things I think I can do and I want to do it but it doesn't require me to solve this kind of problem or to solve any problem.
1.Sharon Chen speaks very highly of the help Cruz has given her.
speak highly of... 高度赞扬，称赞，评价高
No matter how tall and strong we are in the future, we will still speak highly of you forever.
No wonder everyone speak highly of your commercial integrity.
2.But students must be willing to look for that support themselves.
be willing to 愿意做某事
Those who are willing to go with me for the task subscribe here.
We must be willing to forgo pleasure or usefulness for something that emerges not within but between one of us and another.
陈若菲来自中国，在秘鲁首都利马长大。她了解世界的这些地区，并在亚洲和拉丁美洲完成了本科学业 。2015年，当陈若菲面临读研的选择时，她说她想要尝试不同。于是她选择了一个新领域——发展实践 。这个领域旨在解释经济发展是如何助力世界上贫穷问题和其他问题的解决 。由于这个领域刚诞生没多久，所以全球只有少部分大学有该专业研究方向 。而对陈若菲来说，这就意味着许多新的挑战 。因为美国见证着世界上许多领域的发展，因此陈若菲想在美国上大学 。她选择了佐治亚州亚特兰大市的私立研究型大学——艾莫利大学 。艾莫利大学于1836年由美以美会成立，至今已有14,700名学生就读。可口可乐公司创始人于1914年助力校园的修建。陈若菲刚来艾莫利大学的时候，还感到迷茫 。这就产生了一些问题 。美国的大学都很忙，不是一般的忙，具体忙到什么程度取决于你选了多少选修课 。课间、晚上、周末，陈若菲都在学习 。除此之外，她还接触不同的人，做团队项目 。她还计划在2016年夏天去尼加拉瓜，帮助那里的穷人预防疾病。这也是艾莫利大学全球卫生研究所计划的一部分 。这些活动的参与都以英语为基础，而英语不是她的母语 。但她发现艾莫利大学为学生提供了成功的环境 。艾莫利大学的英语支持项目已经提供了长达20年的特殊英语课程。陈若菲每周都会与该项目的老师佩吉见面一次，进行一对一上课，学习内容不只有语法和词汇 。佩吉指导若菲如何审视自己的语音，以及如何用不同方式使用英语 。对我来说真正有趣的是如何用更专业的方式参与到讨论中，因为这样能绽放学生智慧的光芒，让他们表达自己的想法 。
陈莎伦是艾莫利大学2014级的本科学生，也参加了跟若菲类似的支持项目。莎伦来自中国武汉，她说她刚来的时候也不知道想要学什么 。只知道想在美国上大学 。莎伦刚开始是通过看美国新闻与世界报道来进行研究的 。美国新闻与世界报道是一个传媒公司，该公司创立了一个所谓“美国最好大学”的名单 。莎伦看到艾莫利大学名列前茅，所以选择来这里学商学 。但是莎伦也没有完全准备好大学生活的开始 。莎伦说，中国高中课堂没有互动 。在艾莫利时，大学教授第一次叫莎伦回答问题时，她蒙了 。一些课有36个人上课，而有一些课只有6个人上课 。这些课程都要求莎伦以不熟悉的方式跟以英语作为母语的人打交道 。幸运的是，留学生生活处主任娜塔莉帮助了莎伦 。娜塔莉说，留学生跟美国本土学生打交道的问题一直都存在 。娜塔莉2013年开始就在留学生处工作了 。她说，她一走马上任就开始关注这个沟通问题的解决 。于是我密切关注这个问题，跟学生一起发现他们的需要，以及我们怎样能更好的为艾莫利的留学生服务 。娜塔莉还组织了关于建立留学生与美国学生关系的项目 。其中一个范例就是会话伙伴的项目 。参加这个项目的留学生和美国学生每周通过这个项目见面一次并进行交谈 。留学生办公室还经常组织活动，让不同国家的学生分享美食文化 。娜塔莉的辛勤努力为自己赢得了艾莫利大学2015年度的年度顾问称号 。莎伦对娜塔莉提供的帮助赞誉有加 。娜塔莉不仅是我的导师，还是我的朋友 。她教会我很多，我们经常一起组织活动 。所以我很喜欢和她在一起 。陈若菲也不后悔来到艾莫利上大学的决定 。她很享受自己的学习经历 。不过她对于想要来美国上大学的留学生有一些建议 。她说，美国大学给学生提供很多支持 。但学生们必须愿意自己寻求支持 。她还说，学生在选择一所学校前，要对这所学校有充分的了解 。要对你去的地方有了解 。这样会将想象中和现实里的期望最小化 。感谢收听皮特为您播报的VOA新闻 。