Alesia Budimcic, Sweden A Feeling of Belonging
When I first arrived to Dalian, GIME took
me in with open arms. I felt welcomed and not as lonely as I thought I would
feel. The moment I sat down with my principle, some of my future teachers and
staff members I directly got the feeling of support and a reason not to be as
afraid as I was before. Starting university in a foreign country is a little
bit scary after all. As week and months went by I made some amazing friends.
Friends are from all around the world. Even though we might be different from
one another, we are all here in the same boat. We arrived to a city where a few
people speak a language of our knowledge, big cultural differences and in the
beginning figuring life in China out sure was difficult for each and every one
of us. Therefore we are all more than willing to help each other out. Our teachers
work with a passion for teaching. If they see we are willing to work and
improve they will do everything in their power to help us achieve just that.
Some might even sit with us after school till late guiding us towards
perfection in that curtain subject (you know who you are :D).I would like to
conclude by letting our future newcomers know that it will be challenging and
maybe even a little nerve-racking in the beginning, but as time goes by you
will feel like you have your pockets full of knowledge, experience and believe
it or not, a feeling of belonging.
----Alesia Budimcic, Sweden