A first impression to last a lifetime

A first impression to last a lifetime

Dianne Amerily

Meet ... Dianne Amerily

China Study Abroad Major: Undeclared
Location: Beijing, China
Studying: Spending four weeks immersed in the Chinese culture while visiting majestic, historical sites and studying at the prestigious Institute of Chinese as Second Language of Peking University.

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People say that first impression lasts for a lifetime, and guess what my first impression of China? It is way better than what I expected it to be. I, surprisingly, like it here. First, the people are so nice, it sounds cliché, but that is the truth. Despite of the language barrier, they will still help me when I ask them for help.

I'm really thankful for that. Second of all, the food here is beyond word. As we all know it, Chinese food is very savory. However, I never knew that they have so much more to offer than just those Chicken Broccoli, Lo Mein and General Tso’s Chicken like what they always offer at Chinese Restaurant back in the U.S.

The Global Village

The apartment we are staying in right now is located in a very strategic area, it is called the Global Village. As they say on their website, this apartment is specifically built for International Students. The positive thing about this apartment is that I can meet so many people from different countries here but when I see it in a negative way, it is kind of hard for me to find new Chinese friends since there are not many Chinese students living here.

Another thing I like about this apartment is the fact that I do not have to walk a long way to go to my class since it is located right in front of the gate of Peking University. It usually takes me around 7 to 15 minutes to get to my class, depends on how tired I am.

However, what I like the most about this apartment is the fact that they have everything we need, from coffee shop, restaurant, convenience stores to a really fancy recreation center. We don’t have to go out from this apartment area to have fun! They have bowling alley, swimming pool, pool tables, gym, badminton court and so much more here, I just couldn’t ask for more.

Chinese food!!

Food is always the very first thing that comes to my mind every time the word “China” is mentioned. Who doesn’t like Chinese food? It is one of my favorite cuisines, after Indonesian cuisine, of course. Even though there are many Chinese restaurants in the US, nothing there was as good as the food that I tried here. My friends and I called it “The Authentic Chinese Food”. It is only the first week of my stay here but I’ve already tried so many different kind of Chinese food that I have never tried before back in the U.S, and I like them all. So far, my favorite is the famous Peking Duck. Even though I tried it before in Chinatown, but the one I ate here was much better and tastier than that. I’m going to make sure I go to that place again before I go back to the US.

The Forbidden City

We went to the Forbidden City on Saturday, July 7. That was the first historical place we visit. It was a little uncomfortable due to the hot weather and the number of people who were there but it was still a great experience.

Before we entered the Forbidden City, first, we walked around the Tian'anmen Square. It was really hot that I could not really focus on what our tour guide was telling us about the Tian'anmen Square. We walked around for couple of minutes, took some group pictures and finally decided to go straight to the Forbidden City.

When I first entered the gate, I was amazed on how big that place actually was. As our tour guide told us, the Forbidden City covers approximately 7,800,000 sq ft and has more than 950 buildings. Huge, Isn’t it? It is too bad that we did not get to see the whole palace area since no one seemed to be able to stand the heat, including me.

Peking University vs. Bloomsburg University

Bloomsburg University and Peking University are very different in many ways, from their location to their size. The size of Peking University is probably 10 times bigger than Bloomsburg, Yes, it is hard to familiarize myself with the campus. it is huge that we got lost almost every day!

Unlike Bloomsburg University that located in rural area, Peking University is located in the metropolitan area of Beijing. Both of them have their own positive and negative sides, it depends on which way we want to see it. In Bloomsburg, we can focus more on our study since the area is considerably quiet, and there is nothing much to do around the area. In Peking University, staying focus is a little hard sometimes since the places nearby the campus are very "attractive". Maybe, it is just because it is my first time studying abroad so I want to try experiencing new things which I think, is normal (Maybe not?). However, study is still my first priority.

    — Dianne Amerily, undeclared major