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    Posted March 17, 2014 by
    Taipei, Taiwan
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    Abroad in Taiwan

    I thought that my study abroad experience wouldn't actually make a difference in my life because it was my origin country. I was wrong. Studying abroad helped me analyze the different culture, language, and people. I would always compare how different Taiwan is to America. Because of these different comparisons, I am able to open my horizons. I believe that studying abroad isn't just about having fun, but experiencing the different culture and atmosphere. Sometimes I would wonder why people of the same origin would act so differently. For example, I have seen students my age bump into people without saying sorry. It also feels weird when you don't say 'bless you' to someone who sneezed. Being in a different country and experiencing different things can make you feel blessed for what you have. Every place in Taiwan gives you a different atmosphere and you are able to experience every place differently. Taiwanese people in the countryside are nicer than the people in the city. The countryside people are very honest and simple. The city people have a faster footstep and are less likely to care about many things. In Taiwan, students are brought up to care and focus on education. Everything else will be taken care of. All they need to do is focus on school. The way Taiwanese students get into high school and college is by test taking. If they obtain a higher score, they are able to get into a better school. With this type of education system, they are unable to focus on other important things in life, which includes how to treat others. Taiwanese parents are also too focused on their work, which makes some of them lack good parenting. In American, a student should be well-rounded. Manners and behavior in America are also viewed as very important. Although this may be the case for Taiwan, they are very good at recycling and aiming for a green economy. They are also very good at international relations. At National Taiwan University, you can always seen different business conferences or competitions held by different countries. In Taiwan, you can always see people from different countries.
    Of course, there are positives and negatives in each country, but these are always things to learn. I am grateful to study abroad in Taiwan and learn new perspectives.
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