I am from China and started my study aboard journey when I went to America for high school, and now I am an international student at Auburn. Can you believe I am studying abroad while I am studying aboard? At the beginning, I signed up for this study aboard program with my best friend Narengerile. I was only thinking about having a good time in Italy with her, and that we would make unforgettable memories for our friendship. I also thought it would look good on my resume later. However, I never thought that I would make 20 new friends here who I can share things with, talk with, laugh with, and have good time with.
I’m so glad I can spend so much time with these sweet American students. I am not only improving my English, but I am also learning confidence from them. I get the chance to show them special things about Chinese culture, such as sharing—you always give the best thing you have to others. I really like to share things I have with them; they are so wonderful and deserve it. We also explore a new culture (In Italy) together. We have learned so much about food, architecture, and art.
To be honest, maybe ten years later, I will tell my kids about my study aboard experience in Italy. I might forget about some of the art and other knowledge I have learned from the classes here, but I will never forget all the sweet students I have met on this experience.
Yes, we have been through a lot, and not just sleeping at the palace together or sitting in class. We also run through the airport together, share cultures together, and help each other get through the tough times. Because we experienced all these things together, I believe we will continue to go through life together in the future.
Sincerely, He (Michelle) Zhang