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November 25th, 2015:

Tho closest I will ever get to being a superstar

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The view from my seat: 400 high school students.

I love visiting schools. The students are respectful, enthusiastic and curious. I talk about studying in the U.S., the U.S. college experience, and why they should consider going to college in America.

Schools always roll out the red carpet for us.

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My name written in English, but in the Chinese order: surname, then given name.

I had the chance to visit two high schools in Harbin.

They asked me to sign their school yearbook.

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“Best wishes,” blah blah blah.

Several of the questions were about financial aid and scholarships. I think that might reflect the “new reality” of the Chinese economy: slower growth and less liquidity.

After my talk, a few students came up to me to ask about emigrating to America. The conversation was a little awkward, because I was promoting U.S. higher education, not brain drain. But I tried to answer their questions without encouraging them either way.

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Dancing around the emigration question.