Trip to Emory University

Date: November 1, 2010

Department of Medical Laboratory Science and Biotechnology, College of Health Care, Student, Pei-An Chen
Editor, General Education Center, Chiara Benham

Emory University, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is renowned for being one of the top 20 research universities. Emory is an inquiry-driven, ethically engaged and diverse community whose members work collaboratively for positive transformation in the world through courageous leadership in teaching, research, scholarship, health care and social action.

The university is recognized internationally for its outstanding liberal arts college, superb professional schools and having one of the American Southeast's leading health care systems.

In the U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Colleges," Emory was ranked among the top 20 national universities in the United States.

It’s main campus covers more than 600 acres in Atlanta's historic suburb of Druid Hills. Students, faculty, staff and visitors enjoy a peaceful, pedestrian-friendly environment, with easy proximity to one of the nation's fastest-growing metropolitan areas.  The campus features a thoughtful balance of buildings and green space. Peavine Creek, a branch of the historic Peachtree Creek, winds through maples, oaks, magnolias, pines and dogwood trees that are growing amongst the gently rolling hills.

The Haygood-Hopkins Memorial Gateway marks the main entrance of Druid Hills. This park-like residential area was designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.

The original campus plan was the work of Beaux-Arts architect Henry Hornbostel. Other noted architects have also designed buildings here include John C. Portman and Michael Graves.

B.    What I Have Learned
My main purpose it to prolong CancerQuest and to be a bridge between Emory University and China Medical University (CMU). CancerQuest is a global website which provides information in many languages and aims to attract people around the world that have questions about cancer, cancer biology, and cancer therapy. It’s an educational website not only for students but also for patients who don’t have strong medical background. My visit to Emory and participation in CancerQuest allows me to bring my experience and gained knowledge back to my education department at CMU. During my time abroad, I enhanced my English ability and global vision. I have sent the many pages of translation I have completed for CancerQust back to my colleagues in the U.S. They’ve published my translations and have placed the names of all the people who do Traditional Chinese translation on the website, including me.

During my time at Emory I also visited medical labs that Professor Gregg M. Orloff forest up for me and the other students studying abroad from CMU. We practiced our English listening and speaking abilities when visiting the labs. We also saw a different type of and better equipment and facilities than CMU’s being used. After seeing the advanced equipment and facilities, I now know why Emory is listed in the nation's top 50 universities.

During my trip I had the opportunity to go to some scenic spots. I have found that Atlanta is pretty safe. Even when I would walk alone or take the subway by myself there was no need to be too nervous. People should not be afraid of asking for help when they get lost in Atlanta. While sightseeing, I found some really good restaurants and places to visit in Atlanta. After a month in Atlanta, I knew myself better. This trip allowed me to figure out what I wanted to do in my life and where I wanted to work. I made a lot of friends from different nationalities and experienced a lot of things that I wouldn’t have in Taiwan.

C.   My Point of View
Though it cost me a lot of money to travel to Emory it was worth it. I expected to meet the scientist who invented the AIDS drugs, but unfortunately I could not meet him. I did however visit his labs.

My recommendation to CMU is to communicate more with top schools in the world. By doing this students will have a better chancing of getting into the worlds top universities while CMU’s reputation is simultaneously enhanced. The number of students who study abroad from CMU increase every, but the benefits seem to becoming less and less. I think that CMU should carefully choose who can become exchange students. The quality of who becomes an exchange student should become better and better every single year. By doing this, the grant could increase because less students share the sum of money. Otherwise, some really good students’ dream may be crushed if they cannot afford the payment.

(Chinese Version.)


The entrance of Emory University
Group photo
Group photo with Bruce Levin (Middle)