Paola Cairoli – SLI Participant 2012

“Once overcame all the doubts [to stay far from Italy] I realized incredible value of this experience.”

Original Italian language

Several years after attending the Summer Institute in Beijing, I can say that that experience helped me strongly to improve to my university results and degree and to my professional life. Indeed, the Summer Institute gave me an international overview and the opportunity to interact with professionals and students coming from all over the world.

Moreover, thanks to the Summer Institute, I received an opportunity of an internship at Fair Trade Advocacy Office (FTAO), a non-governmental organization based in Brussels, which is directly dealing with the European Institutions. I had to decide whether to leave or not in a very short period and it has not been a simple decision because I was about to spend seven months away from Italy. However, once overcame all the doubts related to this choice, I realized incredible value of this experience.

A month I spent in Beijing has been both intense and relevant from an educational point of view: sometimes hard, with long days entirely devoted to study, lectures and exercises in class. However, I had the occasion to approach a different study method. I particularly appreciated time spent in Beijing for the possibility to exchange various points of view with people of my age coming from different countries.

The Summer School in Beijing has not only been an occasion to improve my knowledge, to complete my formation and to get in touch with people with other ideas and points of view, in order to widen my prospective. Last but not least, it has been my very first contact with China, a country which has become one of protagonists of the principal economic and social dynamics at global level.

Paolo Cairoli, January 2015

A distanza di qualche anno, posso davvero dire che il Summer Institute in China ha dato una svolta alla mia successiva carriera universitaria e tutt’ora mi aiuta anche nella vita lavorativa. Quest’esperienza mi ha permesso infatti di fornire un’impronta internazionale alla mia formazione di interagire con professionisti e studenti provenienti da ogni parte del mondo.

La partecipazione al Summer Institute in China mi ha anche permesso di svolgere un periodo di stage presso il Fair Trade Advocacy Office (FTAO) a Bruxelles, un’organizzazione non governativa a stretto contatto con le istituzioni europee. Scegliere di partire non è stato semplice: in circa dieci giorni ho deciso di trascorrere, prima in Cina e poi in Belgio, circa sette mesi lontana dall’Italia, ma superati gli iniziali dubbi e paure, l’aver deciso di lanciarmi in un’esperienza di questo tipo è stata una scelta vincente.

Il mese trascorso a Pechino è stato tanto intenso quanto formativo: faticoso a tratti, con giornate interamente dedicate allo studio, alle lezioni, all’approfondimento e alle simulazioni in classe ma che mi ha permesso di conoscere un metodo di studio e materie completamente diversi dall’approccio tradizionale dell’università italiana. La possibilità di confrontarmi con studenti provenienti da tutto il mondo e, quindi, con opinioni e punti di vista completamente diversi dai miei è stata una delle caratteristiche fondamentali del periodo trascorso in Cina.

Il Summer Institute in China non è stata solo un’occasione per approfondire le mie conoscenze e completare la mia formazione, ma soprattutto un modo per ampliare i miei orizzonti, per entrare in contatto con idee e persone diverse e per conoscere, anche se in maniera rapida, un paese che è diventato il protagonista delle principali dinamiche economiche e sociali a livello mondiale.

Paolo Cairoli, genaio 2015

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