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2017大三出國輔導通報系統 - 留學心得報告[編輯]
觀光B 404860404  張雅雯   留學學校:賓州印第安那大學

(一)基本資料

For my junior study abroad year, I decided to go to IUP (Indiana University of Pennsylvania) which is founded in 1875 and located at the east side of the United States near Pittsburgh.I studied at IUP from 20th August 2017 to 12th May 2018. IUP has many different types of class on-campus, each department also provides with some basic courses for the students. For Fall 2017 semester, I chose Japanese I, World Geography and Global Context, Hospitality Cost Management and World Religious. And for Spring 2018 semester, I chose Japanese II, Intro to Theater, Club Operations Management and Intro to Public Relations. We can choose the course we like or interest with, so that we don’t need to worry about the course would be too difficult or tough for us to learn.(129字)

(二)課程學習

照片說明:Special event of Public Relations class (National Debt)

【照片說明:Special event of Public Relations class (National Debt)】

During this year, I think I learned a lot from each courses. Among those, PR (Public Relations) class make me feel the most impressive. First, I have to create a semester project from the beginning till the end. This project is about create a fictitious name for my own organization or use a real organization with which I have a strong connection. And then use Jonah Berger’s six key STEPPS (Social Currency, Triggers, Emotion, Public, Practical Value and Stories) to promote and make the organization be talked about, shared and imitated. At the beginning I felt that Journalism is not my major, so it would be very hard for me. But the professor is really nice, she told me that if I have any questions, I can ask her anytime. So almost every time after the class I would discuss my project with the professor, she always give me many useful advices and feedbacks also return the papers I turn in to her earlier so that I can know where I should modify and let my project looks more excellent. Second, through the PR class, I have a wonderful experience to plan a special event at IUP. The name of our team’s campaign is National Debt (#Up To Us IUP). We do research, planning, communicating and evaluating for this event for a long time. I would said that I felt proud seeing our team’s work. Because everyone has their own responsibility to do something, cooperated well and helped each other. And, I took the responsibility to make the “up to us” Popsicle sticks (chopsticks), I was happy that everyone really liked it and that helped to promote the event. Our event’s final pledges numbers are 137 in total, it was really successful for us also it was so interesting for me! The most important thing is that I learned that public relations through this activity is like management. Because we have to plan in a great detail, schedules and set deadlines also think with creative ways then last step evaluation. Another class is Club Operations Management from our department of Hospitality Management, the professors is come from China, he is not only my professor for two classes but also my advisors for this year. He really helps me a lot when I have any questions no matter on selected the courses or the presentation in class. He would use Chinese to explain and talk to me and my friends to let us understand more and better. This presentation also is my first time and only one during my study abroad year, so I was extremely nervous. Our topic is “Taiwan Chinese Calligraphy Club”, at the end, the professor also helps us to make some supplementary explanations to let other students know more about the Chinese Culture. I also enjoyed and learn a lot from this class to know other different kinds of clubs in America. (488字)

(三)生活環境

照片說明:Snow scene of IUP campus

【照片說明:Snow scene of IUP campus】

Indiana is a small town. IUP campus’s environment is really nice and beautiful. No matter is sunny or snow day, the scenes you look would have different feelings. And the photos you took from each angles was really beautiful just like a pictures or paintings. When the weather is nice, you can see many students go to the Oak Grove lying on the grass, picnic, play Frisbee, take photos and study. The transportation is convenient to go the Supermarket (Walmart), Indiana Mall or some different buildings near the campus, because IUP has provides with Indigo bus for all the students for free. But is not convenient to the downtown Pittsburgh especially for those students who don’t have license. IUP also has complete facility and equipment like fitness center, swimming pool, many dormitories and two dining hall. I live in “Wallwork Hall” which is the dorm for most of the international students. My room type is two-person private-semi suite, and my roommate is a nice and beautiful American girl, her name is Julia, she is also a CA (Community Assistant) of the dorm. So if I have any questions about the dorm closing or checking out rules she would always help me. I like to chat with her sometimes, she likes Mickey Mouse and so do I and she plan to work in Disney World this summer vacation. She also has a cute cat with her in our room and its name is Milo. The funny thing is that I think the cat is just like my second roommate, because it would come to my room and play or stay with me sometimes when I was bored. About the meal plan, I have 14 meals for a week with no flex. IUP has two dining hall and it’s like buffet, you can choose what and how many you want to eat. The time is also free, so you can go any time when you are hungry. There are also some choices you can use your meal plan to change like beagle, coffee, milk, pasta, fruit and so on. Your choice is very diverse.(354字)

(四)自我成長

照片說明:Meet with foreign good friends

【照片說明:Meet with foreign good friends】

As an international student, I felt so glad and excited to have a chance at making more friends and knowing more about their different cultures. Just like the special event I plan with my teammates in PR class, they would talk to me and take the initiative to ask me some questions or invite me to help together. I felt this is a good chance for me to promote my English ability and social skills to have some courage and interact with other people. I also make two good friends one is American student and one from Japan. We eat, play and take the photos together very often. At the beginning I was afraid they can’t understand what I mean, but they always said don’t worry about that because they know what I was talking about, so this let me have more confidence to talk more and share everything with them. We share many things from our own country and things happened in our life every time also learn different cultures from each other just like culture exchanges. It’s really nice to meet with them. Through this year, I think I grew a lot and became more independent, because sometimes I would take the bus and go to see the movies, watch musicals or plays near the campus by myself during the leisure time. They don’t have any subtitles for movies because it’s their main language. But these ways it’s still a quite special experience for me to learn and promote my English in foreign country.(262字)

(五)大三出國建議

I would recommended that you can apply for the conversation partner program. IUP will help you to match. I also have a conversation partner, her name is Myah and she is in the same department with me. When we have free time, we will chat on the phone, and we have eat and go to watch the basketball game together. This is also a good chance for you to talk and practice your English with other people. Office of International Education (OIE) of IUP will also organize some events for international students to participate regularly. You can through this chance to meet other people from many different countries. So if you have time, just go and enjoy it! (118字)

(六)其他

It’s really nice to study abroad for one year in America. I am glad that I met with some nice people. One of the person I want to thanks for is a grandma who works in the North dining hall, she can remember what I want to order for the omelet she made every day. She told to me that she would not forget my smiling face and wish I have a wonderful future after I come back home. What’s more, I went to see the “Niagara Fall” in the American side with my friends before I come back to Taiwan. Take the boat to see the fall closely that scenes was really amazing and spectacular. (118字)

補充照片

照片說明:Nice grandma who works in the dining hall
【照片說明:Nice grandma who works in the dining hall】
照片說明:Niagara Falls
【照片說明:Niagara Falls】
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