After a boring and enduring winter,I bet that little seed of resistance to returning to school with loads of stressful work to do is gradually breaking through the soil.
Also, how many of you did not go on a trip for a single day on vacation?
Eager to fill up that void?
There might be a chance for you to escape the campus and start up a journey of sheer novelty and excitement：
The CUC exchange programs！
Over the month, me and my colleagues have interviewed dozens of exchange students from CUC to all over the world: Britain, European countries, America, Korea … you name it. We asked them about their life and study in those foreign countries and universities, as well as their travel experiences during this amazing period of time. Here are some most important things we think you must know before you choose from our school’s list of offerings:
No.1 Extra freedom for learning！
Almost all exchange students took delight in describing the loosened academic schedule abroad.
What’s more, their teaching styles can be pretty colorful.
The Sports Journalism course he majored in once moved the whole class to Norwegian National TV Station and the biggest sports periodical office nationwide, just to give them a clear understanding of what it’s like to work as a sports journalist there. For a course called European Political Journalism, they even had a session inside Norway Parliament with the prime minister himself!
交流交换 ≠ 浪得没边
If you ever thought going on an exchange means being able to totally free up yourself and dive into “exotic carnivals”, then wake up! Exchange universities may not pound on you as hard as your own school, the workload is no less than that at home. Perhaps even more.
Also, academic life abroad is always focused on after-class study. This is especially true in European universities where high academic level and strict self-study curriculum does not spare exchange students. Students who went to Sweden, Britain, Finland, Norway, the Netherlands, etc. all reported their struggle with overwhelming weekly reading assignments.
Exchange life abroad is not always about late-night parties and happy sightseeing, if you want to return home with an acceptable GPA, you’d better whip your hip and study like a horse!
No.3 Embrace a completely different lifestyle
Most of you think you know what it could be like living abroad, but how did that old saying goes? Seeing is believing! As you really get there, the cultural and environmental shock can still be pretty astonishing.
Everybody knows that as the altitude gets higher, sunshine in winter time becomes relatively shorter. Buteveryday going home after class at 3 o’clock in the afternoon surrounded by total darkness is another story to tell.
The first day Louise got her curriculum, her eyes almost popped out.
Indeed, this is no big news. In the Netherlands, where I myself went for an exchange (Erasmus University,Rotterdam), lectures from 11 to 14, or from 12 to 15 in the afternoon are pretty common.
Miss Roise Liao also couldn’t help but complaining about how lifestyle in southern Europe is a bit too“slow”. Her exchange school is UCAM (Universidad Catolica San Antonio De Murcia) in Spain. This is a country where shops basically close at 5 in the afternoon, some even close at 2. And no one opens on Sunday.
No.4 For them, Average Joe. To you? Weirdo!
Starting your life journey in a whole other environment, for the first thing, means diving into a completely different social circle —— whether you like it or not. Sometimes it’s nice to meet fresh faces and try fitting into their tracks. But in most cases, this could be a turnover of your little world.
Here is something a little surprising but heart-warming:
On a Halloween night in Spain, Roise also experienced such warmth from strangers who dressed up as ghosts but was so friendly that they greet every passer-by with a big grimace and would hand out candies to little kids on the street.
Miss Nemo Lin took full advantage of this exchange opportunity and travelled a lot.
Yep, things do get pretty magical out there, especially when you believe that man’s extremity, is God’sopportunity.
At last, what needs to be pointed out is that when you are not afraid to cater for a novel learning mode, embrace a different lifestyle and meet a bunch of new people, you are actually opening yourself to a life-altering journey.
Also, Gaby's cooking skills have apparently reacheda new level.
Nemo Lin turned from being too shy to speak English out loud to communicating freely with people with all kinds of accents. Rabby Wu made some sincere friends who had extreme enthusiasm in learning Chinese, which even made her starting to think about teaching Chinesefor a living later on.
Yes, every single one of them who bravely took the chance offered by CUC and went overseas for half a year, all returned home with his or her own achievements, or at least unforgettable experiences.
So, I guess stepping out of your comfort zone and dive into a new world does not always guarantee you an “Alice Wonderland” or a thrilling “Crusade”, but it does render most of us a different perspective on our current condition and future life. That’s what I get after having an exchange in the Erasmus University in the Netherlands, and what the other exchange students reported as they were talking to me. Lucky dogs.
Anyway, if you feel more interested in grabbing this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and join us, open up a whole new chapter, you know —— leave your aspirations in the comment area and contact the CUC Student International Exchange Affair Centreas soon as possible!
Wish you a spectacular journey out there!
Fill up the void: 填补空虚
Turn on green lights for: 为…提供便利
Free up oneself: 放飞自我
Whip your hip：自我鞭策，自我激励
Seeing is believing：眼见为实
Be solid as a rock：确确实实
Be not much of a difference to: 与…没多大不同
shock sb. numb: 把某人吓傻
Ace at the exams：考试考得非常好
A storm in a teacup：小题大做
Eyes pop out: 表示“非常惊讶”
Man’s extremity is God’s opportunity：车到山前必有路
A life-altering journey：一场改变人生的旅行
Step out of sb's comfort zone: 走出某人的舒适圈
Open up a new chapter：开启人生的新篇章
电视学院 2016级广播电视学（国际新闻传播方向），中国传媒大学官微文字部部长，官微英文音频部部长，广播台ICQ Station英文主播。
记者 | 王雪枫 刘艳秋 栾新萍 宋娇杨 莫德原 璩一为
英文撰稿 | 王雪枫
音频 | 王雪枫
编辑 | 王雪枫
责编 | 刘 帆