Project GO

This summer I spent 6 weeks studying Chinese at Boston University for free. How did I do I that? I did it by applying through Project GO.

Project GO (Global Officers) is a program that offers scholarships to ROTC students (contracted or not) to study a critical language intensively and study abroad in countries in Asia, the Middle East, Central Asia, and Africa. To apply to Project Go, you must select a language that you would like to study and an university that has that language program.

The languages that you can choose from are:

Arabic, Azeri, Chinese, Hausa, Hindi-Urdu, Kazakh, Korean, Pashto, Persian, Russian, Swahili, Tatar, Turkish, Turkmen, Uzbek, and Wolof.

If you’re a beginner in the language you choose to study, you will first study in a host university in the United States for about 6 weeks if you’re chosen for a scholarship. If you receive a B- or above in the course, not only will you receive college credit but also you can apply again for Project GO to study abroad the following year. For example, this summer I received an A for my Chinese course at Boston University.  Next year I can apply again to study abroad in Shanghai through Boston University.

In my opinion, Project GO is a great program and I highly recommend it to any ROTC cadet. When I went to Boston University this summer, there were 5 of us cadets total. I, however, was the only one who actually had some experience with Chinese in the past. So, I was placed in the second semester Chinese course. I had class 4 times a week, Monday through Thursday, from 2 to 4:30. Everyday we had quizzes, review from the previous lesson, and then we started the new lesson. Each week we went through 2 lessons (with 2 parts in each lesson), covering 10 chapters by the end of the course. Not only that, I had to meet up with my tutor twice a week. And on weekends, the other Project GO students and I were to able to do some activities like go to Chinatown and go to a Chinese restaurant, try to order and speak in Chinese, learn how to make Chinese dumplings, try Qigong, walk on the Freedom trail, and so on. This, however, is only my experience of Project GO. Each university and each program is different. And everyone will have their own experience, intake, and outtake of the program.

If you want to apply or want more information on the program, here is the Project GO website:

http://www.rotcprojectgo.org/

Boston skyline

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North South East West

It’s been about 8 months since I’ve last written anything in this blog. But you can’t really blame me once I tell you what I’ve been up to these days..

Since the start of the year, I’ve been to Oklahoma for Army basic training, Missouri for AIT training, back home to Pennsylvania, Wildwood Beach, New Jersey for vacation, Virginia and South Carolina for vacation and a wedding, to Boston, Massachusetts to study Chinese for the summer, and just recently in Maine for a short day trip. Soon I’ll be going back to West Virginia to start school again, and to end my year I’m off to Japan.

This year has definitely been busy for me, but traveling is what I do best. And I’ll find time again to post more about what I’ve experienced, the different programs that are out there, and so on.

Rainbow Row in Charleston, South Carolina

Rainbow Row in Charleston

Boone Hall Plantation, Charleston, South Carolina

Boone Hall Plantation

Boston, Massachusetts

Boston

Ogunquit, Maine

Ogunquit Maine