The 10th Anniversary

11CGA Zhu Jieyi—Exchange life in Universitat de les Illes Balears
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Living away from home, on the other side of the world, has impacted me in ways that will stick with me for life. Since being in Spain I have come out of my shell. Being here and experiencing a different culture, a different lifestyle, and a different language has changed my perception of life.
With regards to the education, here you can talk to the teachers directly about almost anything. They get used to the free tone, but also appreciate the contribution this makes to a relaxed learning environment. In their opinion it gives the students a better motivation to express their opinion and to participate in verbal presentations of findings and projects. The most interesting thing is the field trips, which are related to the topic of the lessons. I remember that we visited a Macià Batle Winery and learned its international strategy.
Also, the Spanish language is a big challenge for me. I’m eager to learn how to express myself in Spanish. My friends have given me an understanding of the most common words and phases used in everyday live. The big challenge is to actually start using the Spanish words.
Luckily, I found an internship in TUI Travel PLC for three months. It’s a very great experience for me. The working style and the way of thinking are totally different. Thanks for all the colleagues and managers, who helped me a lot.
This exchange has given me the time to decide exactly who and what I want to be. Traveling has given me a sense of wanderlust-I feel as if I need to be in a career that allows me to work anywhere in the world. Finally, having this opportunity to travel overseas has given me greater awareness of my own national identity. It has also allowed me to widen my perspective and become self-sufficient. I am now always thinking about things from a broader point of view. I feel more confident and independent than when I left China. My world has been expanded significantly and with it I have expanded as a person.

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