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2018大三出國輔導通報系統 - 留學心得報告[編輯]
語言 405810143  趙逸蘋  留學學校:加州州立大學-沙加緬度分校

(一)基本資料

As far as I am concerned, I decided to finish my junior abroad program at Sac State. California might be a city with impression of party and vacation for most people, but I thought Sacramento was a great place for study in the USA. Being as a capitol city in California, Sacramento was not like the neighboring city such as San Francisco or Los Angeles. I feel it was like a small town with its historic culture. Sacramento was not boring though it didn't have too many fancy or fashion things like other cities. It had a pleasant environment for study. For me, Sacramento was a great choice for my ideal plan. Sac State actually had a large number of departments, courses, clubs, and activities for students. The courses were generally divided into levels for basic, intermediate, and upper division. I also had some amazing courses like art, music, and movie here. (152字)

(二)課程學習

照片說明:小說課上課環境

【照片說明:小說課上課環境】

As for me, both of movie class and writing class were my favorite classes during my two semesters here. Both of them gained my knowledge and I didn’t feel stressful but pleasant. It was really hard for me to pick one class out of them. The movie class was about contemporary world cinema. Students would watch a movie from different country for each class. After watching the movies, students would discuss their thought together. They also needed to write 4 pages paper to analysis each movie. The movies contained not only the cultures but also the social issues. I thought this course was great for the students who were deeply interested in movies and also enjoyed the process of analyzing the details of them. I really enjoyed this class because I was such a movie lover but I watched English movies only. I seldom connected with foreign movies. This course was like a brand new try for me and also an entrance to realize foreign movies and cultures. The writing class was about fiction writing. It was a workshop for students who enjoyed writing. It was really different from the essays or paper for report. It was a class that it provided all the students some opportunities to develop their own short stories. They could write down everything they like as an inventor. Students would read some famous short stories in this class simultaneously. They would also learn some useful skills on their writing process. I really enjoyed this class though I never thought that I could write down a story like fiction. I was also stressful at the beginning because I felt the students in this class were all professional. I was like the only rookie in the class. However, I was greatly encouraged due to this class. I was glad that I could write down things which appeared in my mind and create them as a story. The class also let students to share their stories. Being a weirdo, I usually didn't like to talk in class. But, I like the discussion in this class. Every student could share their own thought freely and also gave each other some suggestions. I thought it was a great interaction and great process for learning. We also create a writing group for discussing and sharing our ideas after the semester ended.(390字)

(三)生活環境

照片說明:秋季的校園

【照片說明:秋季的校園】

When studying in Sac State, I felt the campus was super giant that it was easily to get lost sometimes. There were great nature and facilities. I would always get what I wanted in this campus. Sac State had a giant library for students to search some information and also spaces for studying quietly. It also had gym and health center which I felt they were really wonderful. Several restaurants were also provided on campus that it might be not so hard for students to grab some food. The parking might be awful, but the transportation on campus was not bad. There were school shuttles for students. On the other hand, the transportation off-campus was not so great. Sometimes it could take students half hour waiting for a bus or light rail train. One of the interesting points was that there were only a few Chinese students here. I usually get along with Americans more than Chinese. I actually felt really hard to talk my mother language here because it was kind of tough to find Chinese students here. Students here normally came from different countries. As a result, it was a great opportunity to meet people with various kinds of nationalities. The weather was extremely hot in summer that I would prefer wearing long sleeves to protect my skin from getting tanned. Sunscreen lotion was definitely necessary though the summer here might be better than Taiwan. The winter was cold like near 0°C but the heavy coat might not be used for too many times. I thought the restaurants here were mostly fast food. I was the one who hate food with too much oil. I also had a bad stomach that I was really easily to get ill, so I usually eat the food that it was not so oil and contained some vegetables. For the housing, I lived off-campus. It was only 1.5 miles away from campus. I lived with 3 other female roommates who were also studying in Sac State. The campus was actually not in a really crowded area. It was located in the East Sacramento. Students could take light rail train to Downtown and Old Sacramento to have some fun. The biggest benefit was that students could take the buses and trains without charge as long as they had their Sac State student ID. There were some museums and shopping center, so normally I never felt boring during my stay.(404字)

(四)自我成長

照片說明:沙加緬度塔橋

【照片說明:沙加緬度塔橋】

The following content might makes readers feel heavy and horrible. It might even ruin the expectation for other students who want to go abroad, so please think twice before reading the following part. As I mentioned above, I was living with other 3 female roommates off-campus. I actually faced a serious racial discrimination. I was really suffering in a deep pain that I only had courage to told this event to my family and close friends. One of my roommates was a Spanish, and another one was a White. It was really painful for me to live with them because they preferred a free-style living. They liked to live comfortable without thinking about others. Being a foreign student, I needed much more time than the local students on my studies because English was not my mother language. And, I was not so smart enough. My roommates knew that I came alone from Taiwan, but they didn’t want to respect me or understand me. They prefer to live the way what they like. Their behaviors really disturbed me so much. I always waken up by their noise every day. Sometimes I was too tired that I even fell down on the street due to bad sleeping quality. I always needed to hear her boyfriend come into our apartment without notification. I needed to share the bathroom with him. They didn’t like to wash the dishes. They liked to put all the dishes in the sink for several days. They also didn’t like to take out the garbage. They liked to put their garbage in the public area. They would only threw them away until they wanted to do so. There was no security guard in our apartment. The office always closed in the afternoon. There were thieves around our apartment. I met some weird people in the surroundings that I needed to buy pepper spray to protect myself. I also heard a guy hitting our apartment’s door loudly in the night. However, my roommates didn’t allow me to lock the door because they wanted to chat outside and they didn’t want to bring their keys. They thought this place was their home and they didn’t need to bring the keys when they were chatting outside. They hated me because they thought I was too quiet. They said I was sneaky. They liked to argue with me. They liked to hit my bedroom’s door and shouted. They told me I was a dirty bitch without common sense. They scolded me. They yelled at me. They even screamed to me that I should leave here because I made a mess. They shouted at me that why I don’t go back to Taiwan. They were three strong people in front me in our apartment, and I was alone. I tried all the methods. I tried to communicate with them, even argued with them. I tired to ask the office for help, but they never helped me. I didn’t want to move out to other places to waste my family’s money because I knew earning money was tough. I also knew my responsibility here was studying only. I shouldn’t argue with people. I knew that I shouldn’t escape. I knew that I needed to be stronger. I felt all this things were terrible and I didn't want to be laughed at. I knew that we all came from different countries. We had different cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives. I tried my best to stand with them for eight months. Unfortunately, I failed. It was out of my limit. I felt I was broken. I was suffering in a deep depression that I was always sad every day. I felt insecure though I was staying in my individual room. I didn’t have any courage to open the door, to go to bathroom, or go to the kitchen. I often cried when I was alone, even I was walking on the street. I started to afraid people. I even lost my ability to have a normal conversation with others. I slept in the closet because I didn't have courage to sleep on my bed. I didn't have mood to eat. I even started to regret why I chose to come here alone. I felt I was crazy that I needed to see a psychologist due to a long term psychological abuse from my roommates. My family and friends were worried about me so much. They couldn’t imagine that I was suffering in this kind of torture. My father started to neglect the problem of money. He just wanted me to be safe. My mother was worried about me too much that she couldn’t sleep well. She always called me to make sure I was fine. She even asked me to give up this program. She even asked me to come back home and transfer to other school. She told me that graduation was not important. She thought it was enough for me. She didn’t want me to be hurt due to studies. There was nobody staying next to me. All they could do was trying to comfort me. I still needed to face my life here alone. I finally escaped that apartment. I escaped and move out to the hotel. According to the state law, I could only stay in each hotel for 28 days as the maximum. I needed to move out after each 28 days. The expense for hotel was a great amount that it almost killed my money. I didn’t have money to eat well. But, I didn’t want to ask my family to send any money to me. I just didn’t want to make them spend a lot of money on me because I felt studying abroad was really expensive. Earning money was not an easy thing. I didn’t want to take my family’s money as granted. I tried to stand all this pain alone. I was glad that I was still alive after these events though it was really tough for me. I never felt any pain like this before. It gave me serious pain but also some lessons. I tried to live very independently. I tried to solve all the problems myself. I tried to negotiated with others to make sure everything was fine. I tried to live with a really poor life that I never experienced before. Gradually, I felt I was really immature in the past. I should cherish my family more than before because they were the only one who always support me. Home was always the only place that it made people safe. Moreover, thinking twice before doing everything was also quite important. If I chose something, then I needed to prepare really well and accepted for everything it might happen. (1142字)

(五)大三出國建議

All in all, I will still recommend Sac State to other students because it is really a nice place for studying. I know my living experience might be horrible for reference, but I want to say that everyone is different. My experience might not be the same as others. Others’ experience might not be the same as mine. There is nobody can predict the future. Students shouldn’t treat others’ experience as an standard answer but suggestion only. I won’t force students to live on-campus for avoiding the horrible experience as I had. I will suggest that students need to think twice and discuss with family carefully before making any decisions. They shouldn’t focus on the senior’s experience or family’s preference only. Students are the ones who are going aboard, it’s not the seniors or families. They need to make their own decision. They need to know what they want and what they don’t want. Students need to be responsible to themselves. If they pick an option, they need to accept everything that it might happen. Because that’s their choice, their decision. Once a choice is made, there is no way to regret. Students also need to get out of their comfort zone and try to be independent no matter they come alone or with accompany. People all need to enter the society one day, they can’t always rely on others. To be honest, parents will die someday. They can’t protect the children forever. Thus, people need to learn how to lead a life themselves. They need to try to live as a mature individuals so as to face all the challenges in the future. They need to walk out of their comfort zone to learn other things. The society is cruel. I believe there might be a large number of things which are much more horrible than my bad living experience here. But, if there is no pain, there will be no gain. If people want to get what they want, they must go through all the pain. If they want to go through the pain, they might need to have enough abilities to stand alone as a fighter. Once they get through the pain, they will be stronger and they won’t be afraid or panic to get through another hard time. I will also suggest that do not spend too much money on personal desire. I don’t think it’s good to spend parents’ money on too many luxuries for students who haven’t enter the society. They might have no idea about how hard to earn money because they are not their parents. It’s just like the people who never come abroad will have no ideas how hard to live here. Nonetheless, students should still cherish their parents’ effort because money doesn’t fall from the sky automatically. The money they spend are all from their parents’ hard working. They shouldn’t waste it without consideration but spend each penny carefully. Furthermore, students need to be careful when they are living in a different country. Every country has bad guys, and people can pretend like good guys easily. Therefore, never lose attention. Students need to learn to protect themselves. I think the most significant thing is that students shouldn’t have too much fun during this year. They need to realize that this year is really precious. They need to make this one year valuable because they will become senior students after they come back to Taiwan. They need to have some plans about their future, so don’t play too hard but pay some attention on what kind of people they want to be. The last thing I want to say is that I feel some Americans are quite selfish that they only care about themselves. The United States prefer individualism. It’s not like Taiwan that Taiwanese people are much more kind to others. It’s hard to get some kind-hearted friends here though people try to speak the same English as the local people. Speaking the same language as others doesn’t mean it’s possible to make good friends with them. Students need to pay attention on making friends. They only need to cherish the ones who really care about them.(720字)

(六)其他

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照片說明:畫展參訪
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照片說明:與好友一同去遊樂園
【照片說明:與好友一同去遊樂園】
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