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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 404810235  孫藝嘉   留學學校:賓州印第安那大學

(一)基本資料

In my junior year, I went to Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), a university in Indiana County, Pennsylvania, United States. I selected four courses for each semester, and each course was three credits. In my fall semester, I took Dynamic Earth, Journalism & Mass Media, Global History, and American Literature to 1900; in my spring semester, I took General Psychology, Technical Writing, English Composition II, and Communication Media in American Society. (69字)

(二)課程學習

照片說明:The picture with the professor at the last class. The instructor of Technical Writing, Tim Hibsman.

【照片說明:The picture with the professor at the last class. The instructor of Technical Writing, Tim Hibsman.】

“You can forget everything in this class,” the professor ended the class with his signature smile, “except eye for details and magical three.” I still remember the first class of Technical Writing— “The instructor, Tim Hibsman, began the course with short introduction, which is that we should use at least three reasons to prove, narrate, and emphasize our statement. Then, he gave some examples to tell us how important it is. With the time was close to the class dismissed. The professor announced, ‘As you see, in this class are about twenty students,’ he smiled, ‘too much, I want to drop half students. So your first assignment is to tell me why you can be in this class. Why shouldn’t I drop you?’ At that moment, you could feel tension spread in that such a small room. The professor continued, ‘Look around the class, the one beside you might replace you. And for this assignment, not format, no words limited, but I don’t want to see too many pages. That’s boring. You can just give me one sentence, that’s fine, if you can persuade me.’ He smiled again.” I got a challenge—I was so excited by his words which meant he is an expert since he knew how significant of the first impression in class. If student cannot live under pressure, the students we do not have qualifications can be taught by him. However, in the meanwhile, I was worried that I would be dropped. Luckily, I got the ticket of this class—it also started my busy semester. In this course, Technical Writing, the professor asked us to make our own business. Based on this concept, we had to do a business plan which includes executive summary, logo design, organization and management, advertisement of company, press release, etc. In the process of doing these works, professor Hibsman not only taught skills to achieve our goals, but also shared some experiences of his previous works. After completing the final presentation about introducing my own company, I felt so proud of myself that I did everything, and I obtained a lot from the professor. In this course, I learned how to logically use “magical three” to be professional; additionally, all efforts you made would ever never betray you in the future. (385字)

(三)生活環境

照片說明:The amazing scene of White

【照片說明:The amazing scene of White's Woods Trails.】

Indiana is a small county in Pennsylvania. It is might not a good choice to stay for a year because there is nothing—few selections of restaurants and nowhere for shopping—which is like you are trapped into a big cage, especially for the people who are used to the convenient transportation in Taiwan. However, I prefer the place is surrounded by natural environment, instead of most people who enjoy the convenience brought by city. I decided to go to IUP which successfully let me run away from crowd, noise, and traffic jam. As I mentioned, there is almost nothing near IUP but the scene is so great there. Unlike Taiwan, campus is full of meadow and plants many trees. If the weather is nice, students would like to go outside and sit on the meadow—studying, cheating, or playing throw-and-catch. With time passed by, the first stunned us must be the pure white world covered by snow. In the beginning of snow falling, we did not feel cold since excitement warmed our bodies. What impressed me the most was—when the season transferred from winter to spring, it was about March—light snow melted and fell down from high trees whose branches spread to the sky; the white of snow reflected the sparkling of sunshine; the wind mixed the smell of soil with the cool of moisture from snow. With spring really came, grass grew fast and flower appeared. I seized the time before coming back to Taiwan—I went hiking at White’s Woods Trails, and had sunbathing at Mack Park. (263字)

(四)自我成長

照片說明:American friend, Maggie.

【照片說明:American friend, Maggie.】

To be honest, there was no difficulty to me for studying in the United States for merely a year since we all got enough information from seniors’ sharing, and university helped us a lot on contacting IUP. Nonetheless, I got some experiences which were different from Taiwan and made me think a lot. One was about social skills. Generally speaking is that Americans are good at making friends, but what I got was that we are lack of the great ability at socializing. For example, there are some meaningful festivals in our society that whole family would gather together. And we must meet some relatives we are not familiar with at that time, what we do just wear a smile greeting then get into silence. However, in the United States, people would not do same as us, they would talk about themselves to shorten the distance. As the conversation starting, they not only get information from different areas but also foster the skills of communicating with people, thus they develop better social skills that they could talk every topic. The other one was teaching environment. Most students in Taiwan only get knowledge from what professor said, we do not have personal doubts on anything; in other words, the passion of learning was already gone long time ago since the broken educational system—we need to memorize tons of unnecessity for being standardized in the society. We are in university because of the social pressure, not because we considered our future and made an appropriate decision. What I felt from the American students is that they have strong enthusiasm to their major; different from us, they choose to get into the university since they desire to pave the way for their tomorrow instead of wasting time and money. (297字)

(五)大三出國建議

I attend International Student Fellowship (ISF) every week, I know many people who are from different countries, and we share our cultures. After their sharing—like how they value their native language, pass down their traditions, and pride themselves on racial spirit—I feel sad for ourselves. Before going to the United States, I had not thought about our culture. I had confident that I had lived in Taiwan for twenty years—how come that I have no idea about our culture? But the ironic truth was that I definitely know nothing in our country. When people asked about our traditional costume. I said, cheongsam (旗袍). Yet how many of us wore this before? When people wanted to talk about Feng Shui (風水) with me. I only knew the general idea, but did not know any detail of it. What do we keep from the traditions? Do we cherish the culture we had? Or are we merely crazy about foreign things? In my opinion, this is the most significant and meaningful thing to find out the answer because this is the land we live and we should know the root of ourselves. Lastly, if let me say something, I would suggest students do not ask seniors any personal experiences of studying abroad. Due to the reason that everyone is different—what I felt, what I liked, what I obtained from the year—it won’t happen on anyone again. I just can say that do not restrict yourself by others’ experiences and opinions. The only thing you can to do is to enjoy the one-year time and come back without regret. (269字)

(六)其他

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補充照片

照片說明:ISF last picnic (with bad weather, so we stayed indoor).
【照片說明:ISF last picnic (with bad weather, so we stayed indoor).】
照片說明:Attend friends
【照片說明:Attend friends' graduations.】
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