云大附中星耀校區高2013級學生李芊雨留美一學年感言

高2013級學生? 李芊雨

2013年8月下旬至2014年5月初,作為云大附中的交流學生,我有幸到我校在美國的姊妹學校——美國阿拉斯加州錫特卡市Mt. Edgecumbe高中留學一年。

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驀然回首,才發現在美國短短八個月的學習生活已成為我青春中不可或缺的記憶。有時睡前,回憶在美國的異域時光,浮上心頭的不僅有海外生活的酸甜苦辣,更有獨立后的欣然歡喜。

當我閱讀學校網站上前幾屆參加與姊妹學校Mt. Edgecumbe高中的云附學姐們的留美感言時,她們大多介紹的是在校的多彩課程和繽紛的課外活動,為了更好地與大家分享我們通過這一交流項目得到的收獲,我將加述精彩有趣的寄宿家庭生活和細微生活的趣事。

圣誕節,是西方國家的“春節”。我亦有幸在美國度過了一個正宗的圣誕節,不同于我們對圣誕節的理解——在繁華的街道上進行著狂歡,擁擠的人群削弱了宗教的神圣和節日的意義。在美國過圣誕節時,我寄宿在當地家庭。我的寄宿家庭是一對六十多歲的老夫妻和他們兒子一起組成的“音樂航海世家”。圣誕節前夜,在他們的帶領下,我第一次參加了禮拜,眾人一起唱誦著圣歌,欣賞著表演,在濃濃的宗教氛圍中,與認識、不認識的人握手微笑,互送新年的祝福與期盼,內心一片溫暖平和。而在圣誕節的當天,風趣幽默的男主人和的朋友們在家里開起了音樂會,有人拉手風琴,有人彈吉他,加上鋼琴的伴奏,混合著眾人美妙的和音,讓在一旁捧著香檳、啃著披薩還不時跟著哼哼幾句的我樂不可支。會后的猜詞游戲讓我絞盡腦汁,我狂查字典的模樣更是讓大家笑得前仰后合。

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短短的圣誕假期我也不忘籌備我們中國人自己的節日,我結識了當地的中國華僑們,并在這美麗小小的海濱城市,錫特卡,舉辦了第一場中國的春節聯歡晚會,讓大家進一步了解了中國的傳統文化。一曲《恭喜恭喜》拉開了歡喜的大幕,望著臺下觀眾雖聽不懂卻樂在其中的樣子,我打心底為身為一個炎黃子孫而驕傲。一首小提琴曲《梁祝》更是訴說著古今中外對愛情的美好夙愿。

總之,在美國姊妹學校學習的這八個月,我不僅學會如何用英文表達我的想法,自己解決獨立生活中遇到的各種題,比如向網購商家索取應退的費用,為自己購買買保險、預訂機票。在美國的這八個月,讓我在生理和心理上都有了很大的成長,非常感激學校給我的這個作為交換生到美國高中交流的機會,希望項目這個能繼續下去,讓云附更多的學生得到到異國學習、成長和交流的寶貴機會。

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My Gorgeous School Year in the USA

 

Looking back, I find that the eight months of learning and living in the United States has become an indispensable part of in my youth. Sometimes, when I recall my days in the United States before sleeping time, not only do I appreciate the benefits of studying overseas, but also I more readily welcome the joy after my self-independence.

When I read the previous fellow students’ article about their visit to our sister school — Mt. Edgecumbe High School, I sensed that most of them wrote about the colorful school courses and extracurricular activities. In order to give you more idea and understanding of the exchange program, I will add some information about the interesting lodging family life and fine life of fun.

Christmas, is the “Spring Festival” in the West. I was lucky enough to be in the United States and had an authentic Christmas, which is quite different from our previous knowledge and understanding of Christmas back in China — the carnival people in busy streets, the crowds weakening the holy atmosphere of religion and the true meaning of the festival.

My host family is an old couple of more than 60 years and their son, who form a “music sailing family”. On Christmas Eve there, for the first time, I took part in the festive week with their leading, the crowd chanted together with hymns, enjoying the shows. In the thick atmosphere of religion, people, acquaintances and strangers, shook hands with each other. Everybody sent New Year wishes and expectations to each other, a warm and peaceful atmosphere surrounding us. On Christmas Day, my humorous host and his friends launched a concert at home. Someone played the guitar, with the piano accompanying. Losing myself in the beautiful sounds, I held a glass of champagne, ate pizza from time to time, and also hummed a few words with the musicians. Afterwards, the word guessing game made me rack my brains. My craziness when consulting the dictionary for the answer made everybody laugh their head off.

Over the short Christmas holiday, I didn’t forget to prepare our own festival, the Spring Festival. I met with the local overseas Chinese in this small beautiful coastal city of Sitka. Together, we hosted the first ever China’s Spring Festival gala in town, which made everybody deeply impressed by the traditional culture of China. The song “gong xi gong xi” pulled open the curtain with great joy. For the audience, although they couldn’t understand the lyrics, they found the gala show greatly enjoyable. This experience hit the bottom of my heart for the pride of being a Chinese. The graceful melody of “Butterfly Lovers” seemed to tell the beautiful dream of love which is shared by both ancient and modern Chinese, and foreigner alike.

In a word, my overseas study in the past eight months has made me learn so much. I have learned how to express my ideas in English, how to solve problems, and how to live an independent life. These include claiming refund from the online suppliers and buying insurance and air tickets for myself.

These eight months has made me grow physically and mentally. I am very grateful to our school for giving me this valuable opportunity as an exchange student to get involved in this rewarding exchange program. I sincerely hope that this program will continue, and make more students have the chance to study in a foreign country, and grow and benefit as much as me.

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