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國際學生心得分享

想知道國際學生們對於在臺灣唸書有什麼想法和感受?您一定要聽聽他們的故事。

My Classmates, My Angels/Mustika Prasela

“A friend loves at all times, and a sister is born for adversity.” – King of Solomon
I came to Taiwan around one and a half year a go for studying. Thankfully, I was endowed a scholarship from Chung Yuan Christian University. I did prepare myself to cope with academic challenges, yet I ignored to prepare for cultural adjustment in the new land.
All courses are delivered in English as I am studying Applied Linguistics, but everything else in everyday life is in Mandarin. Soon, I was completely lost as I was illiterate and mute. I realized that forgetting cultural-adjustment was a short cut that leads me into distressed and frustration. However, I was perfectly lucky as I met smart, thoughtful, and friendly young girls who happened to be my classmates!
These ladies, among others Kira, Bonnie, Alice, and Ashley, have saved and are still saving me out of the blunder of culture shocks! We used to take some same courses, thus we could meet up and had brunch together. I remember it was the first time we went out together for having a brunch in a French-like-style restaurant; they helped me to read out the menu which was, of course, written in Chinese characters. Just so you know, they tried their best to get me understand the foods offered. Finally, I ordered a plate of bruschetta that was fabulous! We spent the rest of our time enjoying great foods and brilliant conversations on some cultural similarities and differences between Taiwan and Indonesia. It then became an interesting intercultural brunch for us.
By then they became more like my angels. It is evident when I was confused on how to open a bank account in a Taiwan post office locates in our campus. Kira offered me a hand to fill in the bank registration form. Shortly after that, she also guided and accompanied me to the post office. After managing the registration for me, she told me that she would be glad to escort me to collect the book later. It was amazing! What she did, indeed, impressed me of Taiwanese culture.
Getting used to with academic environment and social life in a Taiwanese campus, I feel like my life is nearly completed. But wait, I feel something is missing after I moved in to Taiwan. I missed my best friends whom I left in Indonesia. Surprisingly, the angels had planned a sweet party to celebrate my birthday. In that occasion, I expressed my sincere gratitude for their care and love. Even more awesome, at the end of last year we got a chance to celebrate Christmas together! I thank God that my Christmas was no longer bleak.
In sum, I could only overcome many kinds of “turbulence” in Taiwan because I got them at my back. I believe they are the angels that God has sent to me so as I can embrace the best life of Taiwan, a country that I call a promised land.


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