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Hello everyone!

I'm Yu Meng, from Beijing, China. It is my second year of being a Master student at the University of Minnesota, majoring in "Comparative and International Development Education" at the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD).

I deeply value this great opportunity of being a mentor of all the international students to help you better and faster adjust your new life at the "U of M", and also in the United States.

There are tons of fun things awaiting you to explore here in Minnesota. One of them is the Cross-country Skiing, which is absolutely the thing you would not want to miss out! Since probably down-hill skiing is more common in your country, it would be a totally fresh and more thrilling experience if you try the cross-country skiing--surrounded by all those big trees and lovely cabins as well as being so close to the nature!

Another fun place I'd like to recommend is the Valleyfair, which is an amusement park located southwest of the Twin Cities, and is famous for its various roller-coasters and a water park within it. You would definitely forget all your worries and concerns and just scream as loud as you can while taking a ride. When you are tired of shouting out loud, the water park (called the "Soak City") serves just as the perfect place for you to "cool down" a little bit and to enjoy those "bikini beauties"!
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Last, I just want to quote a sentence from a friend of mine to all of you--"There is no growth in comfort zone, and no comfort in growth zone!" Thus don't be shy or afraid of asking whatever questions you may have. I will always be right here and waiting to help you out!


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Hello Yu Meng:
This is Yingyue from Beijing. I am going to apply for the Master of Accountancy in Carlson Business School.Are you familiar with this program? Do you have any connection with the students in this program? Moreover, I do concern about the scholarships and other funds available to international applicant, can you give me some suggestions?
Thank you so much and wish you luck!

Regards,
Yingyue

Hi Yu Meng! This is Xi. I am a new PhD student for the coming spring semester majored in HRD in WHRE program. I am also from China. Since I saw that we are in the same college, I wanna ask, do you know any PhD students from my program? Because I really wanna talk to the current students about registering courses or else. If you know any people, especially Chinese students, could you please offer me their email address, if possible? I really appreciate!
Thanks again! Have a great day!

Xi

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That is cool to read your blog. I am coming to the campus this August. Hope you won't mind to help me out with some pretty tricky things. First, my program start in middle August, when should I arrive in the city? Second, I will take a flight from Beijing, what suggestions do you have for me to booking tickets, and which airline I should choose?
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Hi, this is greeting from Zhang Li, a new graduate student from Shanghai. I major in stem cell biology. If you do not mind, I have some questions about the living and studying in the university. I have just received the admission letter from the internet yet, I have not got my I-20. I want to know who should I contact and where should I get help. Next, I am in China, Shanghai now. What should I bring in my luggage. I want your advice. Thanks. I am glad if we could be friends.

Hi, Li,

Congratulations on your admissions into the Stem Cell Biology!

Regarding the I-20 question you mentioned, you can find the answer from ISSS (Interntational Student and Scholar Services) and let me quote here:

"I-20s are issued by your college admissions office:
Undergraduate Students: admissions@umn.edu
Graduate School Students: gsadmit@umn.edu
Professional Degree Students: Your college admissions office"

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for help. Yet generally it will take several weeks to process the I-20, so if you have just received the offer letter, you might as well wait for a little bit. You can definitely email to ask about it though.

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  提起孙宁,留给大家最深的印象就是《金粉世家》中的吴佩芳,那个贵气逼人的少奶奶角色让她一夜成名,成为了中国演艺圈的“少奶奶专业户”。然而,孙宁似乎总在不断地挑战自己,从“少奶奶”到贤妻良母到女强人再到《火线三兄弟》中的坚强女战士,孙宁总是在尝试着全新的角色。戏外,孙宁和王学兵从结婚高调秀恩爱到沉默离婚,她的情感生活一度成为娱乐圈的焦点。

  “想成为演员里的明星”  

  记者:你是怎么进入娱乐圈的?

  孙宁:严格来讲,我12岁就开始表演。我小时候上学因为弱视没法正常学习,不得已之下考了艺校。我学了六年评剧,每年都有作业汇报表演,其实那时候就开始上台演戏了,后来在剧院没有更好的发展空间,我就考了中戏,没有想到上学第一年就拍了《金粉世家》,从那开始一直拍戏到现在,我所有的生活都是在拍戏中度过的。

  记者:让你一夜成名的《金粉世家》,对你来说意味着什么?

  孙宁:说实话,我现在对《金粉世家》的记忆都模糊了,因为当时我年纪还小,从没想过会因为出演这部剧而出名,更没想到会成为明星。

  记者:你的戏路越来越宽了,目前什么样的角色类型对你最有吸引力?

  孙宁:女土匪等霸气泼辣的角色。

  记:你总是在不停地挑战自己,接拍各种不同的角色,你是更喜欢别人把你定义为“明星”还是“演员”呢?

  孙:其实我个人认为被定义为明星没有什么不好的,因为当你在娱乐圈内成为明星后,就意味着你选择的空间更大了,你能挑到更多你喜爱的角色,与更多优秀的同行合作。而且,各行各业其实都有明星,准确地说,我希望自己能成为演员里的明星。

  “让自己用作品说话”

  记者:你如何规划自己的演艺生涯?

  孙宁:我希望通过作品和演技的日积月累,慢慢洗尽铅华去真正走入实力派女演员的行列中。我希望自己能够成为被观众认可的实力派演员,我希望自己做个有生命力的演员。

  记者:最近电影市场很火,很多演员演而优则导,你会不会也有转行做导演的想法?

  孙宁:说实话,我最爱的还是演员。我希望下一部能够自己做制作人,出演自己喜欢的题材角色,找自己喜欢的导演、演员,包括服装师、化妆师、造型师,希望有机会跟这些优秀的人合作。所以接下来我会做自己的工作室,筹拍一些戏。

  记者:从入行到现在,你觉得自己是靠什么取得成功的?

  孙宁:其实我一直都是一个随遇而安的人,我爱的只是演戏,演戏之外的事我到现在都很怕。其实我是一个特别不善于跟别人沟通的人,而且我还特别不善于处理人际关系,这在娱乐圈中是很可怕的,所以我只能踏踏实实做人,认认真真演戏,让自己用作品说话,靠口碑来行走娱乐圈。

  “真正的爱情很珍贵”

  记者:生活中的你是怎样的?孙宁:我是一个很宅的人,我喜欢在家里看看电影,看看书。生活会很规律,晚上过了10点,我就会犯困。

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  原标题:江和平:参加谁是球王难入围民间高手国外能立足

  新浪体育讯北京时间7月14日晚,谁是球王决赛在北京体育大学体育馆拉开帷幕,本场比赛中央电视台一套和五套并机直播,中央电视台体育频道总监、中国乒协副主席江和平在接受采访时赞民间选手水平高,去中国以外的国家打球都可能有立足之地。而谈及自己是否回来参赛时,江和平则笑言,正经参赛入不了围。

  7月14日晚20时,谁是球王比赛在北京体育大学体育馆正式开拍,整场比赛CCTV-1和CCTV-5并机直播,投入宣传报道力度之大赶超以往,对此江和平解释表示:“这个比赛最终能到CCTV-1和CCTV-5并机直播首先是超乎我个人的想象,做出这个决定的是中央电视台台长。我们做的是一个接地气、反应全民健身活动的一次展示,大力弘扬全民健身理论。”

  为了使比赛更活跃更有看头,赛事方做出了许多尝试,不仅请到了以施之皓、刘国梁和孔令辉为首的六大教头,还邀请了中国好声音歌手张赫宣、西单女孩等人倾情献唱。

  如此豪华的教头阵容,江和平对于参赛选手的水平也显得相当自信:“民间高手之间的比赛水平非常高,高手非常多,民间卧虎藏龙,他们来参加比赛其实发挥不如平时,因为面对镜头他们会紧张,日常比赛他们水平相当高,甚至某些专业运动员水平也就和他差不多,他们要是去中国以外的国家打球,都可能有立足之地。”

  作为乒乓球爱好者,江和平盛赞打乒乓球让他每天神清气爽:“作为组织者之一,更多在与组织,平时我们也打球积极参与全民健身,每天打一小时乒乓球神清气爽,而且打乒乓球相对于其他运动,受伤几率也低一些。”而谈及是否会参加谁是球王的比赛,江和平则笑言:“我那纯粹就是业余水平,在外围参加一些比赛还可以,正儿八经参加这个比赛我跟他们差远了,入不了围的。”

  谈及未来,江和平表示谁是球王的活动将会延续下去:“以后还会有的,这个活动会每年都办下去。从这次比赛可以看出来乒乓球在中国有着广泛的群众基础和关注度,推国球会推动全民健身广泛开展。”而谈及是否将这种形式推广到其他项目上时,江和平称:“我们要总结经验先把一件事办好,然后再把好的经验延伸到其他项目中去,这样会更好。”(Jekkie)

  原标题:江和平:参加谁是球王难入围民间高手国外能立足

  原文链接:http://news.eastday.com/gd2008/s/2013/0714/1906778607.html

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恐怕会很让人崩溃的一个事实是,UGG的原意是Ugly Boots(丑陋的鞋子)。

07年UGG雪地靴风潮初起,我也跟风买了人生中第一双UGG--当然,我是在淘宝上买的,中国人对于时尚的反应能力非常快,你甚至能在北京动物园的批发市场里找到刚过去的巴黎时装周新款的仿款。今年,我以为这个品牌大势已去,但逛了一圈后悲哀发现,能把我牛仔裤塞进去的,依然只有UGG.在北京蓝色港湾购物中心的店里,前阵子甚至出现了排队购买的现象,店员把门控制在店里挑选货品的客人的数量,出来一批,再进去一批,靴子的价格也跟着物价水涨船高,一双基本款也要小两千。

UGG到底有多红?拿中国来说吧,红的程度就跟LV那款Neverfull手袋一样,上至章子怡,下至贾君鹏他妈,人手一双。如果你要是冬天去过北京妇产医院,你更可以“惊喜”的发现每位肚皮隆起的准妈妈脚下必踩着一双UGG.听友人说,她曾经在迪拜遇到穿着黑纱的当地女子,隐约可以看到脚蹬一双UGG,这双鞋子的保暖性加上沙漠地带的天气足以让双足成为行走中的高压锅,在这样的情况下依然要穿,足以说明这双靴子的魔力了。

那么,UGG是什么?它是如何红起来的呢?这样波及全民的全球性时尚群体事件,分解开来说,或许会让人有些失望。说实话,在这个时代,我们不缺乏的是时尚的设计和创意,但如何让更多的人看到和接受,不过是看这个商业案例的成功与否。

从这个意义上说,UGG代表了新兴品牌和新兴事物在新传播时代的崛起轨迹。

UGG其实并不是一个牌子,而是一种靴子形态。这种雪地靴粗大蠢笨,却非常轻便暖和。现在比较流行的品牌有:UGG Australia,Yellow Earth,Blue Mountains等。

在美国主营户外品牌的Deckers公司买下UGG Australia前,这种靴子主要针对一个细分人群--冲浪爱好者。Deckers接手后认为,凭着考究的用料(必须是澳洲A级反羊毛皮)和舒适的脚感,UGG完全可以打破专业市场的藩篱,受到更多消费者的青睐。

于是,Deckers试着将一双UGG作为礼物送给当时因主演《海滩护卫队》而被狗仔队疯狂追拍的女星帕米拉·安德森,并同时精明地附送了一双UGG童鞋给安德森的小女儿。舒适的脚感让UGG首先穿到小安德森脚上,为了和女儿搭配亲子装,安德森也尝试穿了一次UGG.它出众的保暖性和舒适性折服了安德森,人们从此频频从八卦图片中看到安德森在拍摄现场时穿着它,并开始疑惑为什么这位当红女星如此青睐这双古怪的靴子。

影响有影响力的人,并且花最少的钱,这是Deckers公司的战略。在这个过程中,时尚界并不是没有发声,最开始的时候,那些习惯制造距离感的人士对这双平民的靴子并不以为意,甚至认为这是来自澳大利亚农民的穿着。直到Deckers将靴子送到奥普拉·温弗瑞的手中,意外的是,脱口秀女王非常喜欢,随即买了350双送给她所有的员工,并在节目中“奥普拉的最爱”单元向观众隆重介绍了这双鞋。意见领袖的观念显然非常重要,不得不说,时尚界的大部分人其实还是墙头草,于是,人们开始越来越多地注意到这种外形古怪却被众多名人爱不释手的靴子,格温妮斯·帕特洛、卡梅隆·迪亚兹、甚至斯皮尔伯格全家都常穿着UGG Australia出现在公开场合,而他们的街拍图片频繁出现在时尚杂志。

时尚话语圈的全面沦陷使得市场已经累积了足够的心理热度。为了让被引爆的流行延续更长时间,Deckers除了开发更多新品之外,还将话题的焦点从前几年人们关注的“谁在穿UGG”,引导为近两年的“UGG该怎么穿”.借助明星的街拍,帮助普通人加入到这一场热潮当中,参与度成为这场商业秀走下去的持续动力。

如果要评比最近5年的时尚现象的话,除了UGG,应该上榜的还有Crocs,这双镂空的塑料鞋子也是风靡全球。它和UGG的另一个共通点是,打破我们常规对于鞋子形状的认知,在一开始出现是,都被用“丑”字来形容,但后来,Crocs成功地通过美国前总统小布什度假时穿着Crocs的照片,打通了至上而下的整个市场。

似乎是同样的起跑点,不过Crocs现在并没有UGG那么风光了,虽然也有开发适合秋冬穿的产品,但在实用度上远远不及后者。最初的风潮过去之后,追捧的人们开始反思,这一双价格不菲的塑料鞋到底值不值?

这是一个品牌号召力上的悲哀。UGG暂时还不会有这种困扰,这双上得Party,下得北京地铁的战靴,依然在喧闹的时尚圈中拥有一块自留地。我们已经具备了抗“雷”的能力,能够接受设计师们各种天马行空的实验产品,但如何让这场关于改变审美的战斗持续下去,或者也是他们该思考的问题。

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