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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。

Fated to love Taiwan/Irina Kudinova

If you want to know how my journey to Taiwan began, we should go back to 2010 when the whole story started …
In 2010 I was a student in the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI in Russia.  At that time I had already been studying Chinese language for 3 years. Chinese is one of those languages that you have to continuously learn, because if for one week you don’t review any Chinese, you will fall back considerably.  In order to improve my Chinese listening and reading skills, I wanted to watch some entertainment programs. At that time I knew that my best friend was crazily in love with Asian dramas, so I asked her to introduce me to some interesting Chinese dramas. The first one she introduced me to was “Fated to love you” (命中注定我愛你) and she added that this drama is made in Taiwan. I was surprised, because I didn’t know much about Taiwan at that time, so I asked her many questions about what language Taiwanese people speak and where Taiwan is. It turned out that in Taiwan people generally speak Mandarin Chinese, but they have Traditional characters, instead of Simplified that I had been studying before. And I said to myself: “Challenge accepted! I want to know more about Taiwan and learn Traditional characters!” As I started to watch “Fated to love you”, I immediately fell in love with the whole story. I made a promise to myself that one day I would go to Taiwan. That dream came true in 2012 when I went to see Taiwan. That was the best experience I had ever had during travelling to any country. I met many friends who showed me beautiful places in Taipei and Keelong, and introduced me to different types of local food. The whole month of travelling flew by in a blink of an eye and it was time for me to go back home.
Right after I came back to Russia I felt I wanted to visit Taiwan again, but I still had one more year to study at the University. Coincidentally, one week after I came back to Russia from Taiwan, I met a Taiwanese guy on the internet. First we started to exchange messages on Facebook every day, and then talk on Skype every evening. He encouraged me to pursue master degree in Taipei, and helped me to choose some good universities there. The whole process of choosing universities, applying for scholarship, preparing documents took more than half a year, and that time was nerve-racking for me, sometimes I wanted to give up, but that Taiwanese guy always cheered me up. With his moral and practical support, I was enrolled in NTNU. Finally, in 2013 I moved to Taipei, and I started to date that guy. I can say I never feel too homesick here, because Taiwan has become my second home. I was fated to love Taiwan!


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