Reflection of Our Exchange Students in Korea (Part five)
After one-semester preparation, we three finally arrived at Sangmyung University (“Sangmyung”) in Korea which we had expected to start our junior and senior life as a part of the Dual Degree Program (2+2) between our Beijing Institute of Technology, Zhuh
After one-semester preparation, we three finally arrived at Sangmyung University (“Sangmyung”) in Korea which we had expected to start our junior and senior life as a part of the Dual Degree Program (2+2) between our Beijing Institute of Technology, Zhuhai (“BITZH”) and Sangmyung.
Except for the TV news and internet information, I know little about Korea. Since being here and before the new semester started, I had felt surprised about the local life, sometimes I even can't help but feeling it challenging. So far we have been living here for two weeks. Upon the beginning of the new semester, I chose courses online with the help of my Korean classmates. I must admit that in such a real Korean language environment, it is not easy to quickly integrate into the local student community, however, this would be very helpful to improve my spoken Korean. I recall that I was so nervous to say any word when I just arrived here, while now I dare to communicate with others without difficulties.
Different from Chinese system, there will be a week for audition after the students choose courses, and the students may cancel or re-choose courses accordingly. I think it is a good measure. For our Chinese students, it gives us a lot of convenience to choose courses based on our own situation. In the week for audition, we contacted some Korean teachers. I had a good impression on them. I only felt regret that many teachers in our major went to Paris, so far I met merely 2 of such teachers. I like their teaching styles although it still exist some barriers in our communication. I believe that we may integrate into the campus life soon as long as we work hard.
Another matter is about the Korean food. I did not know that the pickled vegetables in Korea were free until I came here. As long as you go to a restaurant, they will provide you with free pickled vegetables which include spicy cabbage, bean sprouts and radish. To be honest, the portions of the pickled vegetables were so generous that I often became too full to have other food. However, this surely differs from person to person.
With regard to our dormitory, each dormitory is a small apartment containing kitchen, living room, bathroom and laundry. All our roommates are Chinese students. Most of them were from north China. I found them quite interested, and we got along well with each other. The first weekend all the roommates arrived, we went to the market together to purchase flour, and then made dumplings. It is full of fun for me to learn how to mix the flour with water, do the meat stuffing ect.
The week for audition was followed by the mid-autumn festival. It was the first time I spend a holiday a foreign country, I felt quite lonely. There were no moon-cakes here, and I was curious to know what the Korean people would eat in such a holiday. Although there were no moon-cakes, all of our Chinese students did some cooking together to celebrate the festival. Now the holiday passes, we will devote most of our time to study again. The hardship of studying here was far beyond our imagination. Every night we only have 5-hour sleep time. We usually go to bed at about 2:00 in the morning, and set an alarm clock on our cell-phone for 5 hours. Upon the ringing of the cell-phone, we shall get up to wash followed by breakfast, then began to study.
Although the study life here is busy, all our roommates get into the habit of doing exercise in the gymnasium after supper. The university gymnasium is free, a hot bath after such exercise will help us to release from exhaustion. Having some rest later on we will soon put into our study again. Occasionally we will visit some place of interests in Seoul on weekends. Generally speaking, the life here is stressful but rich too, and could be regarded as a challenge. I believe we may improve ourselves and widen our fields of vision.
At last, what I would say is that the life in Korea is like reading the book “Hamlet”, one thousand readers will have one thousand feelings. Attached are some photos which I randomly taken here.
(Edited by/Xiao Qi-de Approved by/He Xiao-yang)