跨越太平洋—— 我的一学年美国留学感言

2014级高二文(1)班  杨婧琳

跨越太平洋,距离赤道的最远端,就是阿拉斯加,一个蕴藏着大量冰川和众多珍稀物种的神奇之地。作为2014—2015学年云大附中赴美国姊妹学校的交流学生,我居住了9个月的Sitka市正是世界最美的小镇之一,不必多说,它的美一直都特别让我着迷。

我深深沉醉于其中,并不仅仅因为友好善良的爱斯基摩原著民族,还有我有幸见到的所有令人窒息般的美景——深冬,轻柔的白雪悄悄地从墨黑色的天空降临,给大地换上了银妆;海上,轮船划出的每一道浪花,都成了伴随着岸边雪山的最美剪影;暮色里,踱步与桥上,偶尔瞥见一束神秘的色彩,才发现,那是极光,随之便停下脚步驻足观望;伫立在学校旁的火山Mt.Edgecumbe,像是要把见证的100多万年人类变迁化作对我们静静地守护。

周末,我喜欢走到桥对面的居民区去拜访朋友家,顺便像一个习惯了慢生活的当地人一样细细品味着醇香的咖啡。我所在的学校MEHS也许是唯一喧闹的地方了吧,每次举行party或各类庆祝活动时,就打破了小镇惯有的宁静。

Sitka成立日的游行是我有幸参加的第一次盛大活动,各界人士、学校、敬老院和居民自发组成不同队伍,高举着旗帜与牌子、唱着歌、跳着舞,一同走在大街上来庆祝这个神圣的日子。我作为中国龙队伍中的一员,也向当地居民展示了中国文化。

在庆祝感恩节的晚餐宴会上,我很荣幸地作为DDF和中国扇舞的成员代表之一,为全校师生表演了哑剧和古筝。之前DDF比赛中,我在演讲和哑剧取得了不错成绩并于2015年2月12日赴阿拉斯加首府朱诺参加了州总决赛,受益匪浅。

总而言之,这次交换经历带给我的收获太多,我永远都忘不了在这期间经历过点点滴滴,忘不了学校老师和同学们给予我的支持与关怀,忘不了每次食堂里精心准备好的食物,忘不了街道上的每一处风景,忘不了那里人们的真诚、善良与友好。我是多么的热爱Sitka啊!

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坐轮船到其它城市参加比赛

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Across the Pacific Ocean

                                                                                       —— My school year in Sitka, Alaska, USA

       Across the Pacific Ocean, far from the equator, Alaska is a state with numerous glaciers and countless rare species. The very place known as Sitka where I stayed for nine months as an exchange student from YUSS could definitely be ranked as one of the most gorgeous towns in the world, with its natural beauty fascinating me all the time.

I was drunk into it so much. Not only because of those friendly residents there, but also due to all the breathtaking views I witnessed closely — in deep winter, white snow fell from the dark blue sky, gently and silently, dressing the ground in splendid clothes; on the Ocean, a ferry was quickly driven through, leaving a line of jumping waves, by whose side was glaciers and mountains; I could see the Northern lights by chance, which was bright and mysteriously green; the volcano, Mt. Edgecumbe, consistently sits next to the school, witnessing every change made by humans throughout the past years and guarding us secretly.

On weekends, I’d like to walk across a bridge, stop by my friend’s house and drink a cup of coffee like local people who enjoy the gentle pace of life very much. Mt. Edgecumbe High School, located next to a long river and large mountains, was the only chaotic place in town, which seemed to have broken the unity of the surrounding quietness.

Sitka Celebration Day was the first big event I was in, which aims to celebrate the birth of Sitka as an American town. People from different schools and organizations were gathered together, held various signs, sang songs and danced through the streets. I, as a part of Chinese Dragon Team, also helped out in the parade to show the best of Chinese culture.

At Thanksgiving Dinner, I was honored to represent DDF and to be part of Chinese fan dance, presenting a mime and playing the GuZheng for everyone in my school. In my previous Drama contest, I made my speech about Chinese chopsticks in the state final and traveled to Juneau, the capital city. I’ve learned a lot more than I could tell from those experiences.

Shortly, this exchange experience has become my biggest harvest in this year. I could never forget every detail I went through, every faculty member and friend who gave me the best care, every kind of food made in the cafeteria, every scene in the streets, as well as the kindness, friendliness and integrity of every local resident.

Oh, I love Sitka so very much!

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