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2017大三出國輔導通報系統 - 留學心得報告[編輯]
語言 404810144  林 辰   留學學校:舊金山州立大學

(一)基本資料

I studied at San Francisco State University, during my junior year, from August, 2017 to May, 2018. This American school is located on the southwestern part of San Francisco in California. I took Oral Communication, Environmental Studies, Hospitality, and Composition during my first semester. In my second semester, I chose Guitar, Music Theory, Microeconomics, and Science Fiction.(55字)

(二)課程學習

照片說明:The professor was teaching us Circle of Fifths, music theory.

【照片說明:The professor was teaching us Circle of Fifths, music theory.】

My favorite class this year is Rudiments of Music Theory. The class is an intensive drill course in the basics of music theory. “The purpose of the class is solidification and intensification of knowledge, rather than expositional”, said by Jassen Todorov, the professor of this fabulous class. Mr. Todorov is definitely one of the best music teachers and violinists. He always teaches his students in a funny way, which is one of the reasons why I love this class so much. I’ve always wanted to take a music theory class in my college life because I am truly passionate about music, and I finally have the opportunity to do so. I’m excited and happy to learn this challenging topic in a different language. From this one class, I’ve learned Note Reading, Scales, Key Signatures, Intervals and chords, all of which are fascinating and useful for me. Luckily, this is my first class of the day so I look forward to waking up and heading to school in the morning. I have to say that music theory is not that easy, as I usually have to keep on reviewing the same things over and over again. However, I never get tired of it, instead, I feel content practicing the material. Even though it is a theory class, I have found many ways to apply it to my music. For example, the class has taught me chord and scale patterns. As a result, I am now much better with improvising because I know which patterns typically follow a note. I have also improved my piano skills, in part because of the Circle of Fifths. Now I have a better understanding of chords spelling, I can analyze lots of songs I like and try to replicate the sound. I had lots of questions and problems and the professor always welcome students to talk to him and ask him questions. This is definitely one of my best experiences in America. (329字)

(三)生活環境

照片說明:The beautiful spot near my house where I can see Pacific Ocean, golden gate bridge, and downtown

【照片說明:The beautiful spot near my house where I can see Pacific Ocean, golden gate bridge, and downtown】

San Francisco State University is actually not a big school; however, it has everything I need. There are two things here I enjoy the most: a giant well-designed library building and a modern gym. The library at school is pretty new and spacious; it is the best place to study and the best place for me to do my homework. Moreover, it is open 24 hours every day. With the student ID card, I can go to the gym and use everything there for free! I especially enjoy the big swimming pool and the nice basketball courts there, which helps me release the stress from school. Next to the school, there is a shopping mall with mobile shops, a supermarket, and a grocery store and many more shops. These shops make it convenient for students to buy what they need or have a quick meal, before or after class. My house is just around 13 minutes away from school by bus, and it is located in a nice area called Sunset, where I can enjoy the amazing sunset view, along with Pacific Ocean when it is sunny. The best part is that there are many restaurants, banks, supermarkets, and barber’s shops around the place I live. There is also a basketball court, two blocks away, which makes it so easy for me to do my favorite sports with my friends. There are also MUNI bus stops and train stations, near my place. MUNI is San Francisco’s public bus and metro system that runs throughout the small city. MUNI fees are part of my tuition, so I never have to worry about paying for the bus. MUNI is very convenient and allows me to explore this beautiful city without having to worry about driving or parking. It only takes me 40 minutes to reach the other end of the city. The best word to describe the weather in San Francisco is “chilly”. The city doesn’t snow but even in the best weather, native San Franciscans still bring a jacket with them. Don’t let the sun fool you! As for living here, I have to say everything is a little bit expensive. In order to save money, I usually cook for myself, which is a good way for me to improve my cooking skills and become more independent.(387字)

(四)自我成長

照片說明:San Francisco downtown, where you can see "every kind" of person from everywhere

【照片說明:San Francisco downtown, where you can see "every kind" of person from everywhere】

To be honest, there was not too much challenges and culture shocks for me when I first arrived San Francisco. I expected America to be much different from Taiwan and it was. If I had any problems or questions, I had to ask, google or learn from others. I believed that that was what people did when they encountered problems. However, school was a big challenge for me because English is not my first language. Even though I understood 70 percent of what the teachers and students said, it was still hard for me to do some of the homework and to read those terribly long English articles and books. It was a little frustrating, but I still went to talk to the teachers, during office hours, to ask for help. I then stayed in the library for a long, doing my best to make everything right. I remember how I even slept in the library just to finish those difficult readings and papers. Luckily, I had some American friends who were willing to help me, which made me feel so touched. I think the most difficult part of study abroad for me was, loneliness. Unlike other students that went to study abroad with their friends, I came to San Francisco alone. None of my close friends were here. It was fine at first, since one of my reasons for studying abroad is to make new friends and be more independent. I enjoyed being alone at first because I could explore lots of places by myself without planning or caring for others. I could also learn more by myself because I didn’t have to wait for others, I could make new friends by myself or even secretly dated a foreign girl. It doesn’t mean that I don’t like to be with others, but at first when being with a group of people that made me uncomfortable and not at ease, I had to be alone and start my own life. However, I did go through some tough times in America and nobody was here to help me. None of my good friends from Taiwan were here to support me and help me get through it. I had to go to school alone, be in the class alone, eat lunch alone and go back home alone while worrying about the same problems. I truly felt helpless and extremely lonely sometimes especially when I also had to do my hard homework. Although I did make new friends in San Francisco, they couldn’t be with me all the time or help me deal with all of my problems since I just met them. I wouldn’t want to be sad when I make a new friend and immediately ask them to help me because I knew that these problems are to heavy for a new acquaintance. The solution for me was to keep on going out with my friends, to many new places and do more new things to help me enjoy my life here while forgetting about my problems. I think that loneliness and homesickness is an important topic that many students will have to face when studying abroad.(530字)

(五)大三出國建議

Dear junior colleagues who want to come to study in San Francisco, First, figure out what you really want then decide where to study. Do you want to save money and stay in the dormitory with friends? Or, do you want to experience American city life and be more independent? San Francisco is a beautiful city where you can have many things to do in your free time; however, the tuition of San Francisco State University is expensive compared to other school options. If you want to have fun and save money, I highly recommend that you cook more. I wasn’t a good cook when I was in Taiwan, but I forced myself to learn how to cook more in America because going to a restaurant is much more expensive. It’s good to learn how to cook by yourself and save money. When you’re tired of cooking for yourself, there are many interesting restaurants in San Francisco. You can explore the city and have a good time with your friends, which is something those who choose to study at residential universities can’t usually do because they often go to cafeteria. Think about how fun it is to explore a famous city with friends after school and on weekends. There’re interesting and beautiful places around San Francisco. If you have a driver’s license and you are 21 or older, you can rent a car and explore those beautiful places with your friends! Don’t just stay at home and sleep! The reason why you choose San Francisco is that there are so many places around here waiting for you to see it! About school, I recommend students take classes that you are interested in, so going to classes is not an annoying thing but something you look forward to. Remember, American classes are much different from Taiwanese classes, Some classes here are very difficult, especially literature and “true” English classes. Please think about what you really want before you choose your classes. If you find the classes are not what you want, withdraw from them and enroll new ones if you can, so going to class won’t be a nightmare for you. All J1 students going to San Francisco State University must participate IEEC (International Education Exchange Council). I highly recommend Language Exchange Committee, which enable students to learn other languages from each other, as well as share cultures with each other. By being a teacher of language exchange, I met new people and made some very good friends, and even got something good from my student. Overall, my main point is don’t be lazy and keep on trying something new that you wouldn’t normally do in Taiwan. Maybe you won’t get what you expected, but some of them are worthy and memorable. That’s how you make your life colorful. I also want to tell you that, I want to remember that even if you come to America, your English might not improve and you might still view things the same way but this really depends on how you view the world and what you do and how you live your life. Don’t be cliquey but open-minded, try to accept those things you are not familiar with, and don’t just stick with your friends from Taiwan. Try talking to the student sitting next to you in class and maybe you will make a new best friend. Wish you all have a wonder junior year. Best regards, Chen Lin (589字)

(六)其他

Love yourself(2字)

補充照片

照片說明:Going to a national park with my Japanese and American Friends
【照片說明:Going to a national park with my Japanese and American Friends】
照片說明:Beautiful San Francisco
【照片說明:Beautiful San Francisco】
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