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The independent voice of the students of Penn State Harrisburg

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The independent voice of the students of Penn State Harrisburg

The Blue & White Journal

Chinese Afternoon Teatime


Penn State Harrisburg welcomes all international students from Chinese-speaking regions to join their Chinese Afternoon Teatime, a weekly small gathering. 


Qing Ma, who is currently working as a staff coordinator for the Global Lion Mentor program at the International Student Office, a mental health outpatient therapist at a local counseling service, and an adjunct psychology instructor, shared her story at the event. 


“While mentoring students from Chinese-speaking regions of the world,  I noticed the challenges students typically experience transitioning to the new academic system, the lack of social connection due to the language barrier, cultural adjustment, lack of support system, etc. I initiated this weekly gathering so students can learn about campus information and related resources in their native language without worrying about the language barriers while making connections,” Qing said. 


“I really like to see people participating and returning every week. Knowing that they feel supported through attending the meetings gives me motivation,” Qing added.


Students are welcome to discuss their questions, concerns, and any confusions they may have regarding their personal and professional life during the meetings. Attendees get to know each other during the meetings and become connected with one another through shared identity, cultural background, hobbies, majors, etc. 


In addition to addressing students’ concerns and questions through open discussions, last year, Qing also invited student leaders from different majors as guest speakers to share their experiences and how to be involved on campus. 


“I’m hoping that our attendees could be inspired and motivated to get involved on campus in this process and be more connected with the larger campus community,” Qing said.


Qingying, a student attendee, described his experience at the event. 


“I like to be here because I can always make friends that share the same interests with me, and I love the vibe of discussing different topics with them,” Qingying said. 


Chinese Afternoon Teatime is held every Friday from 1:30 to 2:30 pm in Olmsted Room E264. Anyone who is from a Chinese-speaking country is welcome to join. 

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