Staff Spotlight: Christine Swanson

CET Harbin Resident Advisor


Christine has two years of collective experience living in China, both as a student in CET Shanghai and CET Kunming, and as Teaching Fellow for a nonprofit in Yunnan, China.

What is your favorite travel memory?

My favorite travel memories involve trains and buses. For me, travel is all about getting there. China has an incredible amount of transportation infrastructure, so it is easy to mix and match trains, planes, and automobiles, sometimes all in one trip. Some of my craziest travel experiences were riding the overnight sleeper buses in Yunnan, China.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

If I could only choose one program, it would be CET Harbin, where I currently work. The program offers an intensive and highly personalized language immersion, at one of the best universities in China. Language learning can easily be taken beyond the classroom, with standard mandarin spoken throughout the city.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

CET is unique because of its academic intensity and high standards for students. A semester at CET may be the most academically intensive of your college experience, but also the most rewarding.

It is amazing how much language learning can happen in as little as 8 weeks. CET also upholds high standards for cultural immersion and cultural proficiency.

The most memorable and lasting aspects of my CET experience were the friendships I made with my Chinese roommates, and the many trips we took together in the city and its surrounding areas.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

I believe a successful company is a company grounded in its mission and values. CET's mission is to educate through intensive programs abroad, to challenge students, and to be a leader and innovator in the field of education abroad.

This mission is clearly articulated to employees and upheld in company policies and initiatives. I have personally seen this focus on mission and program goals upheld at CET Kunming, CET Shanghai, CET Harbin, and at their office in Washington, DC.