March 4, 2014
1. Don’t be over confident:
Yeah, high school was maybe a breeze and a blow-off for some, but not anymore. GET OUT OF THAT MINDSET! You can’t get away with not studying or not reading for homework because it’s so easy to fall behind and you definitely do not wanna be that person.
2. You’re not done:
That being said, just because you successfully graduated high school and got into a great college doesn't mean your journey’s over. It’s just beginning. You know all that effort you put into finishing high school? Well, double that effort because you’re still in school for another four years. Don’t give up. You got into this school for a reason. Prove yourself that you really belong here.
3. Leaving isn't as easy as it sounds:
Trust me, I know you’re probably dying to leave your hometown, leave your parents, and be on your own…but don’t be fooled. I was just like you; I was counting down the days to leave for college. Yeah, being on your own sounds fun, but it’ll only be a matter of...
March 3, 2014
My first church service was actually a youth group worship night at my old church, near our house in Pennsylvania. Not a Christian then, and not being exposed to Christianity culture at all, I did not know what “youth group was”, and didn’t even know what a “worship” was like. My host mom just told me it was a good chance for me to meet other kids in our community, since I just got there and would need to get to know people. So she dropped me and my host sister at the church, and I went in to meet the people there, introducing myself to them as usual. At the beginning everyone was just chilling --eating snacks, playing games and talking. Then I remembered we were all gathered in a big room, and it had a keyboard, a drum set, some guitars, a mic set up on the stage. I remembered a person came to the stage and made a short speech, which I, frankly speaking, had no idea what it was about, then everybody started singing, which sounded pretty much like love songs to Jesus and God. But it was...
February 21, 2014
International Bazaar is one of the biggest events at DePauw throughout the year, especially for international students. I had such a fun time at my first International Bazaar last year when I first got to DePauw. International Bazaar has been a great opportunity for me to know different cultures from all over the world – some cultures that I may never have a chance to get to know if it was not for the Bazaar. People performed their traditional dances, sang songs in their native languages, did beautiful calligraphies, and dressed up in their cultural apparels that were so exotic and beautiful. And most importantly, many people made their traditional foods—whether they were desserts, drinks, or main course foods. The homemade foods beat all other foods of their kinds from the the restaurants because they cannot get more authentic – they are made by our own students! I was a part of the fashion show at the first bazaar, which I enjoyed very much. I wore a Qipao, a traditional Chinese dress...
February 10, 2014
The excitement of new classes is gone. The anticipation of waiting for your books to come is gone too. Now it’s here. You have to do the homework. You have to go to class. And most importantly, you have to be attentive in class. Everyone’s stress levels are skyrocketing. Professors expect 100 pages to be read by the following class. This is completely reasonable since students are only in one class. Oh wait, no they are not.
I sometimes think the “struggle at DePauw,” is real because we are overloaded with homework in not only one but four classes. That is not even counting the lab times some classes even have. I think that it is rough on students to be expected to do that much work in a week for all of their classes, which is how the lazy study habits and procrastination starts. This then leads to just doing to get by. However, this mentality is not how the real world works. No job is going to hire someone (at least not for long) that only does the bare minimum.
As I prepare to graduate...
February 4, 2014
Greek life culture is something brand new to me. We do not have anything comparable to that in our culture. I got introduced to Greek life as a freshman, and when it was around the same time of the year last year, all of the girls on my floor were super pumped to participate in something called “Rush”, or in other words, the formal recruitment process. Not knowing the what “Rush” was really about at the first place, and also not having a good understanding of what this whole “Greek Life” is all about, I did not sign up for rush and therefore stayed outside of this culture for another year.
Yet when the time came around this year, and also given that now I had had a better understanding of what this life was and the many benefits of becoming a part of it, I decided to sign up for the recruitment, and was hoping I could get into the house I’d always wanted.
For me, Greek life is a big support community. Studying in the U.S is never easy for any international students. Being away from home...