How are you all doing? I am fantastic now! I am almost done with my "independent study!" Well let's see...
Project and Concierge
So as I told you all before, my project is for the concierge department and is to answer the question, "How do they improve the working efficiency of the concierge department?" Well yesterday I presented this to about 10 people concierge department, the Assistant Director of Front Office, Director of Front Office, the Training Department Director, the Purdue interns coordinator, and another director. So, obviously I was extremely nervous! But I was told that my suggestions were fantastic, and that I should start implementing them during the rest of my time in China. One of the suggestions was to make a List of FAQs, so I am going to start making that list. This would be very useful for the department to have.
In Concierge, I usually only stand around, but sometimes I help the foreign guests who come to the counter. I really only make parking coupons and taxi reservations, but yesterday I helped label luggage and take bags to people's rooms. There was a group of 35 British people from a tour group. Their bags came before them, so we had to label the bags with the right room number and then put them on their room. It was actually kind of fun!
Melissa turned 22 on October 2nd and we went out for it. It was a lot of fun. We went to a few clubs on both Friday and Saturday. We met a few people out from NYC and Boston! That was cool. It is actually surprising how many American's are in Nanjing! Well anyways, the nights were really fun and I am happy she included me in her festivities!
On Sunday, instead of our Chinese class, our teacher took us to visit the Nanjing Museum. It was about 20 minutes away from the hotel and we took the subway to get there. It was boring..there was nothing there. The stuff they had was pretty and all, but there was no history about Nanjing or really anything. They had a brocade area, porcelain area, treasure area, but nothing really stood out for me. We were only there for an hour and then we went back to the hotel and I finished my powerpoint for my presentation
So, Dr. Cai (the man who got me in the program) and Dr. Ghiselli (the HTM dept. dean) come in a few weeks and we will all have to present our topics for them again. I am very nervous about that, because Dr. Cai will be very strict about our projects and will expect a lot more information than the hotel staff expected. We also have to turn our 16 page paper in to him then.
I am planning a Shanghai trip for all of us. We will go down the 25th-27th and visit the Expo and then tour the city. It should be a lot of fun!
Well that is all for now. I am going to post pictures from the Nanjing Museum in a little bit, but I have pictures from other events up now. Go check them out!
Love from China,
An Bi Liu (Blair Andrews)