By JMC Academy
Ni hao! My name’s Peggy and I’m a student (from the UK) studying at The University of Nottingham in China. Every student has a different reason for choosing to study abroad. When I get asked, I always have the same answer; I want to explore the world. It’s such a cliché, I know, but it’s true! Moving from my home to university was a big step, but once I made the break, I didn’t want to stop. My parents were fairly keen on the idea of me going abroad until I announced I was heading to China. They couldn’t understand why I wanted to go so far away to somewhere so different. But China is a vast and diverse country, with the highest population and the most spoken language in the world, yet it’s still fairly undiscovered by the West. Now, at some point somebody is going to turn around, realise just how much there is to explore in China and suddenly it will be a top tourist destination. While I believe China will retain its true identity, some of the magic may get lost. I hope to explore China before that happens.
I will be honest, being so far away from friends and family does have its downsides. I don’t know anybody who hasn’t been a little bit homesick at some point. However, it’s easier than you think to make friends in Ningbo, so you’re unlikely to feel lonely. Also, I’m finding that with Skype and WeChat, my family, friends and boyfriend don’t seem all that far away, so don’t let homesickness put you off doing what could be one of your greatest adventures. When going abroad, it will be what you learn outside of the classroom that will really stay with you. Of course your classes are important; they don’t call it STUDY abroad for nothing, but the experiences you have and friends you make will be what’s really important.
By JMC Academy
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