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!