From Zhuhai, SAF Summer Correspondent Diya Liu is chronicling her experience at UCLA Summer Sessions.
I really appreciate SAF for helping me get the chance to experience campus life at UCLA. This 6-weeks' experience will definitely be my lifelong memory. I want to share my story and true feelings with other students who also have the dream of studying abroad. If my blogs could help others, I will be very happy.
10/15 MY Reflections on an Unforgettable Summer
As for academic study, our relations with the professor are more equal. Professors will pay special attention to the whole class and patiently answer questions from each student. The local students are always active. Although it is only a six-week course, the content is the same as those in one semester. There are many personal and group assignments. Teamwork is also very common.
I wanted to exercise communication skills and joined a group of native English speakers. During the process, you can find everyone involved in this assignment. I also engaged in the whole process and helped to revise our work. Most of all, I really appreciated my team members for helping me polish up my part of the paper. As for the result, I got As in two classes!
During this period, I met a Japanese girl who attended the same class with me and established a profound friendship. We went to Disneyland together. In addition, I went on a three-day trip to San Francisco, the financial center of California, where the city was very busy. There were homeless people along the road and rainbow flags, all of which are part of the culture of San Francisco.
In the fifth week, I was especially homesick. So I made a DIY hotpot with my roommates and took a taxi to the night market near Chinatown to eat BBQ and feel the taste of my hometown. Our American friends tried our hot pot and praised it a lot. Some feelings are the same around the world.
I felt that this exchange was very meaningful to me. This was the first time I went out of the country and went to a strange country alone. I lived alone for a month and a half, but I lived a very fulfilling life every day. On the one hand, I had a very compact academic schedule. On the other hand, many differences in life forced me to quickly respond and adapt to them.
I miss the experience so much. I have been back for one month. Nowadays, I am working on the application for a graduate program. I hope that I can remember these days at UCLA which made my life different!
9/11 My Labor Day Weekend Getaway
8/30 I'm Winning at Midterms
8/23 My MEMORABLE Bus Tour of San Francisco
Home: Central University of Finance and Economics 中央财经大学
My hometown is Zhuhai which is a seaside city next to Macau. My major is accounting. My research interest is about auditing and financing management. As for personal interests, I have played piano for 12 years. And after learning volleyball in university, I like it so much. Moreover, I enjoy watching movies, travelling and making friends. I really appreciate SAF for helping me get the chance to experience campus life at UCLA. This 6-weeks' experience will definitely be my lifelong memory. I want to share my story and true feelings with other students who also have the dream of studying abroad. If my blogs could help others, I will be very happy. Sharing may change the world!