Eugenia Simò - SLI Participant in 2013

"One of the most interesting experiences I had in my life.."

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I heard about the Summer Law Institute in China because my university offered it as a summer activity. I decided to apply because I thought it would be a great experience both from a personal and an academic point of view. When I finally decided to attend the Summer Law Institute, I didn’t know what to expect from China or the program.  However, I have to say that it has been one of the most interesting experiences I have had in my life. First, because the curricula of both SICCEP and IP were very interesting and very interactive. Second, because I had the chance to get to know a fully new country from a different point of view. Being able to know both the academic Chinese World and the life that the international young community has in China has given me a broader vision of the World. Now, I wouldn’t have any problem in moving to China, a very different country, for two or three years, and I think this is a very important factor to take into account regarding the personal development this experience has given me.

When I arrived to China, I didn’t know how my life would be. I have to say that the program is very well structured. From the very beginning I felt very integrated with the people that were a part of the program too. I traveled by myself to China and I was a little scared of making friends and having a good experience in China. The first night I arrived the organization of the program held a dinner for us, and later on we went to socialize and get to know each other. Later on we grew to be friends and we now still keep in touch. Getting to know China with new people that I was friends with was a great experience for me.

On the other hand, regarding the academic and professional experience, this program has been highly valuated by different professionals I have met this year. In addition, I hope to be able to have an international internship this summer to expand my direction towards international litigation, which I have grown very interested in.

It is true that the academic curriculum is sometimes very rewarding, and there are a lot of lectures. However, now that I look back into the experience I have to say that both curricula were very intensive, but I learnt a lot about International law, and the law of China, which is something not a lot of people can say.

To sum up, it was a great experience both from the personal and the academic point of view. In addition, it also gives you the possibility to make professional contacts; therefore I advise people who are thinking about it to go definitely!

Eugenia Simò (Spain)
December 2013

 

Lengua original española

Conocí el Summer School in China porque mi universidad lo proponía como una actividad para el verano. Decidí enviar mi solicitud porque pensé que sería una gran experiencia, tanto desde el punto de vista personal como académico.  Cuando  finalmente decidí ir a China a tener esta experiencia no sabía que esperar del país y del curso. No obstante, tengo que decir que ha sido una de las experiencias más interesantes que he tenido en mi vida. Primero, por el contenido del curso, que a su vez también era muy interactivo. Segundo, porque tuve la oportunidad de conocer un nuevo país desde un punto de vista diferente. Haber tenido la oportunidad de conocer el mundo académico chino y la vida que la comunidad internacional tiene en China me han dado una visión más amplia del mundo.

Cuando llegué a China, no sabía como iba a ser mi vida. En primer lugar, cabe destacar que el programa estaba muy bien estructurado. Desde el principio me sentí muy integrada con las personas que formaban parte del programa también. Viajé sola a China y tenía un poco de miedo por no hacer amigos o no tener una buena experiencia en China. La primera noche que llegué, tuvimos una cena de bienvenida y después nos fuimos a conocernos mejor a unos bares en el centro. Posteriormente, nos hicimos amigos y actualmente aún mantenemos el contacto. Conocer China con unos buenos amigos fue una gran experiencia para mí.

Por otro lado, en cuanto al ámbito académico y profesional, el curso ha sido muy valorado por diferentes profesionales que he conocido este año. Además espero poder hacer unas prácticas internacionales este verano para expandir mi futuro profesional hacia la abogacía internacional, que es ahora mi principal interés.

Es cierto que el curso es a veces muy exigente y que hay muchas clases. No obstante, ahora que miro atrás a la experiencia que fue, tengo que decir que ambos cursos son muy intensos, pero aprendí mucho sobre Derecho Internacional y el Derecho chino, que es algo que no mucha gente puede decir.

En definitiva, fue una gran experiencia desde todos los puntos de vista. Además, también te da la posibilidad de hacer contactos profesionales. Por lo tanto, aconsejo a todo el mundo que esté pensando en ello que vaya. 

Eugenia Simò (Spain)
December 2013

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