My Gorgeous School Year in the USA
Looking back, I find that the eight months of learning and living in the United States has become an indispensable part of in my youth. Sometimes, when I recall my days in the United States before sleeping time, not only do I appreciate the benefits of studying overseas, but also I more readily welcome the joy after my self-independence.
When I read the previous fellow students’ article about their visit to our sister school — Mt. Edgecumbe High School, I sensed that most of them wrote about the colorful school courses and extracurricular activities. In order to give you more idea and understanding of the exchange program, I will add some information about the interesting lodging family life and fine life of fun.
Christmas, is the “Spring Festival” in the West. I was lucky enough to be in the United States and had an authentic Christmas, which is quite different from our previous knowledge and understanding of Christmas back in China — the carnival people in busy streets, the crowds weakening the holy atmosphere of religion and the true meaning of the festival.
My host family is an old couple of more than 60 years and their son, who form a “music sailing family”. On Christmas Eve there, for the first time, I took part in the festive week with their leading, the crowd chanted together with hymns, enjoying the shows. In the thick atmosphere of religion, people, acquaintances and strangers, shook hands with each other. Everybody sent New Year wishes and expectations to each other, a warm and peaceful atmosphere surrounding us. On Christmas Day, my humorous host and his friends launched a concert at home. Someone played the guitar, with the piano accompanying. Losing myself in the beautiful sounds, I held a glass of champagne, ate pizza from time to time, and also hummed a few words with the musicians. Afterwards, the word guessing game made me rack my brains. My craziness when consulting the dictionary for the answer made everybody laugh their head off.
Over the short Christmas holiday, I didn’t forget to prepare our own festival, the Spring Festival. I met with the local overseas Chinese in this small beautiful coastal city of Sitka. Together, we hosted the first ever China’s Spring Festival gala in town, which made everybody deeply impressed by the traditional culture of China. The song “gong xi gong xi” pulled open the curtain with great joy. For the audience, although they couldn’t understand the lyrics, they found the gala show greatly enjoyable. This experience hit the bottom of my heart for the pride of being a Chinese. The graceful melody of “Butterfly Lovers” seemed to tell the beautiful dream of love which is shared by both ancient and modern Chinese, and foreigner alike.
In a word, my overseas study in the past eight months has made me learn so much. I have learned how to express my ideas in English, how to solve problems, and how to live an independent life. These include claiming refund from the online suppliers and buying insurance and air tickets for myself.
These eight months has made me grow physically and mentally. I am very grateful to our school for giving me this valuable opportunity as an exchange student to get involved in this rewarding exchange program. I sincerely hope that this program will continue, and make more students have the chance to study in a foreign country, and grow and benefit as much as me.