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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 405810366  黃思潔  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), which is the school located in Indiana county, one and half hour drive from Pittsburgh. I selected four courses for each semester. In my fall semester, I took psychology, moral issue, introduction to magazine industry, and public speaking. For the spring semester, I took English composition, basic economic, dynamic earth, and communication media in American society.(68字)

(二)課程學習

照片說明:last class of English composition with my professor

【照片說明:last class of English composition with my professor】

Due to some struggles of the first semester, I used to be afraid of writing articles in English, it was a stressful thing for me. In the first semester, we chose “magazine industry” class, it was the advance class for students of journalism major. Students were asked to submit thousand words magazine articles almost for each single class. It was really tough and I could even said that it was a big challenge for international students. At first, my friend and I, tried our best to write something; however, we often get the grade that was out of our expectations. The reason was that we were not writing something that attracted American readers. This made us super exhausted. In the second semester, I chose "English composition" class. It was the class for all international students. We learnt how to write narrative paragraph, how to set up a sensory setting, and also how to make a piece of persuasive critique. At the end of this course, we submitted an online article for the community of IUP, it was amazing for us to have the platform to announce some issues. This class not only improve our technical writing but also have some practical efficiency on it. Professor encouraged students to write what they want, based on the concept of “English as second language”, we felt more comfortable to make some grammar mistakes. He even told us that he won’t grade our essays, the only thing for him as a professor was to give us some practical suggestions on our writing. In this class, most of the students came from different countries, for example, China, Egypt, and Pakistan. We have a lot of in class discussions, so students were able to share their opinions in public. It was good for us to know different thoughts from people of various backgrounds. (308字)

(三)生活環境

照片說明:beautiful campus at night

【照片說明:beautiful campus at night】

It is obvious that a lot of people might think IUP is boring, because it is a small county without famous tourist spots. However, it is a lovely place for me. I prefer staying in countryside than big city. Someone might think big cities have more tourist spots to go, or even more restaurants to choose; however, I like to stay at the place which is more quiet and comfortable. I love the atmosphere here. People around our campus are nice and friendly, not to mention our environment security, I often walk alone to “sheetz” (one of the most famous convenience store I America) at night. By the way, all international students are required to live on campus. So, we don’t have to worry about where to rent our house. I love my dorm which is located at “wallwork hall”, it is the central part of campus, not too far away from cafeteria, and also close to main classroom building, which is named as “humanity and social science”. (I bet that most of the students’ classroom will be located at here). I love the dorm a lot, which has private bathroom inside each room, students don’t have to worry that bothering others if they are late getting back in midnight. Moreover, this building is not only for international students but also for American students. It is good that there are always lots of activities which will be held in this building, and international students are encouraged to participate, it is a good chance for us to exchange and share our cultures with others. (265字)

(四)自我成長

照片說明:having bonfire and a cookout with my family

【照片說明:having bonfire and a cookout with my family】

The first day we arrived Humanity and social science building, it was a new environment for us. My friend and I were afraid of being late to our first class. We rushed to classroom. When passing by the elevator, we thought that we were able to take it, someone might help us press the open bottom in the elevator. However, when we ran in front of the door, we stunned. The door was closed automatically, no one helped us extend the opening time. This kind of situation seldom happens in Taiwan, it is common for people to press the opening bottom for others while using the elevator. Therefore, we suddenly realized that we were at a different country at that moment, and it was the place that we were going to spend for two semesters. Culture understanding is so important for international students, it can help us get familiar to the place. Different from the students in Taiwan, I can say that most of the students in America are more independent. They know how to organize their time. However, it is the thing that we have to learn while studying abroad. The first week when we arrived IUP, it was the busiest week. On that week, student will have to attend different activities, which includes “orientation” and get ready with everything. For example, we are required to have our bank account setting up, discuss and select courses with our supervisors. It was the busiest week but also an interesting week. Due to lots of outdoor events, it was a good opportunities for us to get familiar with others from various countries and also to make some friends which were able to accompany us during this abroad year. The most important ability I got from this year was to become more independent. I can deal with my own stuffs without anyone’s reminders now. (313字)

(五)大三出國建議

First of all, please make sure that you double check all documents with you before leaving Taiwan, the most important thing to enter America is your passport and visa. I strongly suggest everyone to put all the documents inside a file folder, and make sure that you have all document copied. For the visa, you still have to bring DS-2019 and financial certificate with you. Second, do not bring too many clothes with you. I just packed up my suit cases with some simple items, for example, some T-shirts and shorts. I didn’t bring heavy coat. It is really common for everyone to buy something during the thanksgiving week, and also campus will plan to bring international students to outlet around October, students can buy some essential products at that time. Not but not the least, I will recommend students to join the local family program. It is the program for free, once you sign up for this program, students will be assigned to different local family. I think it is really a good way to know more about this community. Take my family as example, they are compassionate and friendly, it is rarely seen to adopt foster care child which is different ethnicity. However, my family did it. They told me that they wanted to make this society better. I really appreciate to be one of this family member, they often invite me to join the holiday weekend with them. For example, we have dinner and exchange gifts on Christmas and thanksgiving together. (255字)

(六)其他

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照片說明:pic with my cute buddy
【照片說明:pic with my cute buddy】
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