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2015 Spring CBPE Student Newsletter vol.4

Allison Ngo 吳孝儀 - CBPE-Student

Today marks my one month anniversary with Taiwan! It's truly been an amazing journey thus far. Although it's only been a month, I can't help but feel that I've known everyone in my CIEE program for a much much longer time.

In all honesty, I can say that the first few days after arriving at NCCU was probably the hardest time I’ve ever had adjusting to a new environment. I’ve always thought of myself as someone who adapted easily to new situations, since I had no trouble moving from school to school when I was younger, or moving across the country for college. But it was really hard finding myself in a new country with no one familiar who I could depend on. The first night I genuinely regretted making the decision to study abroad and wished that I could just find myself back in my home college playing out the life that I had gotten used to for the past two and half years. But fortunately, with the support of my lovely roommate, Winnie (who could ever ask for better??? <3), and my friends back home, I was able to force myself into a better state of mind and view Taipei and NCCU in a more optimistic light.

Since then, life here has been amazing! I’ve been able to settle down into my classes, become confident in ordering food in Chinese, take time to explore my new surroundings by myself or with the company of others, and make friends whose relationships, I feel ,will last a lifetime. As the days pass by, I find myself getting busier and busier. Each day I’m learning more things and creating memories I hope I’ll never forget. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the semester will bring!



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