I remember being in elementary school and imagining young students studying in a foreign country without anyone to depend on. Today, I am in that very situation. Although many things that I had imagined about being a young foreign student haven't come true in real life, I inevitably need to face the problems of being a new arrival at a school in America. I must work on learning a new language and, being as far away from home as I am, I cannot see my family every day the way I used to.
I remember how my aunt, whose two sons were studying in Canada, once told me, "After my kids went abroad to study, I felt as if they were guests when they came home." I wonder if my mom will feel the same way. I know how happy I was that afternoon when I held my student visa and told my Mom that I could go to the United States. Although Mom smiled back, the look on her face revealed that she could hardly bear to let me go. I know it was hard for her to say goodbye to me at the airport.
I have adjusted to life at the Sagely City pretty well because my parents are life-long vegetarians, and I'm used to being a vegetarian too. I remember visiting the Sagely City in 1997.1 had heard about how large the Sagely City was, but it was much bigger than what I had expected. This time I'm not as lost and ignorant as I was during summer camp that year. There are many things waiting for me to take the initiative to learn. The dorm life is quite novel too. Sometimes it's difficult to study because it's too noisy. Sometimes the occasional early riser's alarm wakes me up. Nonetheless, living in a group creates a good learning environment. I have to learn how to interact with different people and change my habits of doing whatever I please. I hope to continue to improve myself in the next four years.
Although I've been here for more than a month, it still feels like I'm in Taiwan, perhaps because I come into contact with many Chinese classmates every day. I don't really miss home. The life of a freshman is filled with mixed feelings, but they will pass, no matter how difficult. I believe that coming to study in the United States at the age of sixteen will be an important turning point in my life, and I will always cherish this experience.