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Matt Song

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JinJie Song


Economics Major, Business Minor

Nanjing, China

JinJie "Matt" Song spent his summer as an International English Language
Testing System (IETS) oral English teacher at Global Education in Nanjing, China,
where he instructed a class of 20-25 students.

Can you give an example of how your in-classroom and/or out-of-the-classroom experiences at Knox benefited you while teaching this summer?
I wouldn't be the man that I am today without my experiences here at Knox. In such a diverse environment, I developed my communication skills both in and out of the classroom. Therefore I was able to work closely with the students I taught and make sure the material was understood.

How do you think this experience helped you in terms of your personal development?
I learned to take responsibility and work closely with people I didn't know by communicating with them.

What was the best part of your job?
The best part of my job was teaching students who also want to study abroad. I'm so glad I was a part of their journey and could see how far they came since day one.

What inspired you to pursue the experience?
I wanted to get into the real world and obtain some work experience no matter what job I would take. But fortunately, I was so blessed that I could work as an English teacher.

Photo below: JinJie "Matt" Song (left, in red) volunteered for the NBA Asia Pacific Team Group's summer camp, where he served as a translator for retired NBA star Yao Ming (center, in white).

Matt Song with NBA star Yao Ming