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International Student Story: From China to DBS

Chinese student Daisy is new to DBS. She wrote about her experience of coming all the way from her hometown in China to study in Dublin, see below for the Mandarin and English versions of her story. 

 我叫Daisy,来自中国。

   来都柏林——这个无论天气还是食物还是生活习惯都和我家乡差很多的地方——已经两周了。总的来说过的还是很开心的嘻嘻。

   虽然来之前已经听说这边很冷了,但来没想到这么冷,也不是冷,应该说是冻。就算捂得很严实了还是在室外的严寒和暖气的闷热下感冒了,并且有点低烧,有这种状况的不止我一个人,许多同学也生病了。房东发现我咳嗽立刻给我吃了感冒药,她说在这边感冒用爱尔兰的药比较好,但我最后还是吃了三九才好的hhh。
   学校每周都会组织很多的活动。第一周的orientation week,学校组织的开卡丁车和迎新晚会等活动。这个迎新晚会跟中国的不一样,不是一群人在台上表演,而是去酒吧做游戏。(说起来爱尔兰人真是爱喝酒,整条街都是酒吧,我全球经济的老师跟我说的第一句话就是:你们中国人喝酒嘛?我说喝然后他很开心地笑了hhh)虽然做quiz游戏的时候我大部分问题都听不懂,但是和各国的小哥哥小姐姐聊天还是很开心的。

   虽然我没有参加,但我很多的同学都去参加了学校组织的户外活动。比如第一周的时候就有同学去参观了这里最大的酒厂和一些自然风光。这周还有一个冲浪的活动,是个三天两夜的短期旅行,不过想着我上次呛了几百口盐水的冲浪之旅还是算了hhh。不过这边的活动是真的什么都有,特别好玩。没有又红又正的流程,想去哪儿就去哪。

  这里也是有社团(society)的,而且不需要报名费hhh。有个社叫彩虹社(你们猜是做什么的hhh),说是会定期举行party,感觉很有意思,是中国不可能会有的社团。

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Pic: Landmark of Dublin

  在习惯了口音和上课方式之后,会觉得有些老师上课真的很有趣,会一直讲笑话然后自己笑的很开心,虽然还是有时候听不懂hhh 学习的内容还是挺多的,虽然许多都在国内学过了但是转换成英文还是有点理解难度的。

   都柏林的自然风光很美,但我更喜欢它的街头文化。当你走在街上,能听到小酒馆里的欢歌声,街头艺人的一曲悠扬的吉他,以及偶尔插肩而过的神奇的小游行或街头艺术,伴随着都柏林有些清冷有些明亮的温度,感觉非常的舒服。其实观察街上的人也很有趣,因为这里有来自世界各地、不同肤色的人,他们带着不同文化的穿着走在路上。(有些国家的真的不怕人,我穿羽绒服他穿短袖短裤hhhh)

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Pic: Irish scenery

I’m Daisy, a new Chinese student here.

It has been two weeks since I came here from my hometown which is thousands of miles away from Ireland. There are tremendous changes in my life due to the different environment and living habits here. Thanks to DBS and my homestay family, I ultimately got used to the life here.

First of all, the weather is much colder than where I used to live. So many of my friends and I caught a bad cold because of this sudden cooling. When I stayed at home with low fever, my landlady took good care of me. She made hot chocolate for me and prepared me some pills. Finally, I recovered and haven't felt sick since. I strongly suggest that people from Asian countries bring more heavy coats and some emergency medicines.

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Pic: Lovely homestay (TV: Dublin is winner)

What’s more, I was very nostalgic the first week. Thankfully, the school organises a variety of interesting activities for us to enjoy in our leisure time. During Orientation Week, I took part in a party held by Student Union in the pub. (Irish people really like beer! lol) Well, the wine here is actually very tasty. I tried cider and a little Guinness and they both tasted very good. At that party, we got to know many friends from different countries and spent ​lots of time chatting. Finally, we participated in the quiz and our group came third in that game thanks to my American teammates.

There are also some outdoor activities organised by DBS which helps new students get to know the culture and adapt to their life here. For example, we went on a cultural trip on the first weekend to enjoy the natural scenery like a waterfall and some delicate gardens. Some of my friends took part in Go Karting and had a nice experience there. I hope more interesting activities can be held in the future. Oh, I also joined some societies last week which are free of charge, these will make my life will become much more colourful. (In my country, it takes money to join such organisations.) Looking forward to it. :) 

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Pic: Irish scenery

Well, in terms of my studies here, I’d like to mention that some teachers are really humorous and very generous. They give us vivid lectures and even listen patiently to our stupid questions with very poor English. ;) Also, I like the library here, it’s warm and well organised. I feel comfortable staying here for study.

Since I got used to life here, I have felt happy and satisfied every single day. I like the bright and cold weather and the multi-culture here. Ireland is a multinational city where you can see people from all over the world playing different roles. In addition, dwellers are really active and fascinating. On the streets you can witness lots of people performing on the road like playing the guitar, singing or dancing which is really interesting.