Ning Liu: Slang and Cultural Expressions

Approx. time Expression Explanation
1:11 Qingdao
3:15 I.P. card industry pack card
5:48 Saginaw Valley State University
6:21 O.P.T. Optional Practical Training: period when college students with F-1 visa status are permitted by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to extend their U.S. stay by getting practical training to complement their field of study
7:29 Ivy League schools high-level American universities (Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Pennsylvania, Princeton, Yale)
10:41 glimpses small views, short looks
14:18 executing implementing, doing

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