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Charms of UK

Time:2018-10-08 10:21:35

The words that I can express my feelings for the life in UK are impassioned and unforgettable. Three years abroad is fruitful and will be a quite significant stage of my life. Of these tense but fulfilling days, I’ve gradually known the sense of responsibility, the ability to learn as well as a sense of optimism about life.

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I started my two-year journey in 2012 in University of Southampton majoring in Economics and Finance, two years with laughter and sorrow. I was lucky to have many peers as my company and therefore, neither my friends nor I experienced that sort of isolation. Instead, we feel extremely excited for totally brand-new culture and scenery. At first, everything is fun: studies are easy to cope with and I quite enjoy the lifestyle of independence. And that’s the biggest difference I believe between the British and Chinese culture, the freedom seems like true while actually it’s not. In UK, it seems that you have the opportunity to choose whatever you like. This lifestyle makes sense only when you have a firm goal about yourself.

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Life is not that easy in the first two-month time. I had difficulty in understanding the project of Applied Microeconomics,so I had to deal with the growing pressure for my first examination in UK and the obscure knowledge from statistics that I did not ever read before. Unbelievably, we were at that time making plan about the trip to London. After all, it’s the first Christmas for us, and we decided to have fun.

 

For undergraduate study in UK, you will only have 2-4 hours of study every day; the left hours are for your own interest. Depending on the complexity of study, some students will choose to study in library, some will exercise in gym and some will decide to do some activities, which are rich and colorful. Like campus life in China, they also have Students Union in UK, which has bigger range since some regional professional voluntary groups are run by students themselves on campus and I was really lucky to be one of the members . The president of the group held lots of charity events to attract entrepreneurs to give speeches. Apart from the official work, I also attended activities like BBQ on the lawn, one-day trip to Winchester, group games etc.

 

Except boring studies and rich activities, I was also involved in many small group discussions, bigger seminars and I was lucky to attend some international conferences, especially during my postgraduate time. I have more chances to explore the fields of economics. These precious opportunities widen my mind and bestow me with a better understanding of what I am learning now. And continuous group discussions from different courses help me do conversations with others. Thanks to these little course work, I have chances to communicatewith people worldwide.

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After two years’ happy life as undergraduate in Southampton, I was lucky to successfully apply for University of Cambridge for my master degree majoring in Finance and Economics.

 

When referred to Cambridge, I believe people will think of the famous contemporary poet and essayist, ZHIMO XU. And the poem, “Saying Good-bye to Cambridge Again”.

 

Very quietly I take my leave

As quietly as I came here;

Quietly I wave good-bye

To the rosy clouds in the western sky.

I walked through the bridges and went through them when punting, and everything is awesome, the gentle breeze, the blue sky and the green grass.

 

Although it sounds like the same major with Southampton,the difference is not slight. I started to study in Cambridge as a student from Department of Economics, which means the study focusing more on Economics and for the financial part; compared with knowledge from the book, it’s more authenticBesides studying, I choose to enjoy my own entertainment at the same time. I joined international conference as I said beforeI attended the JAZZ class twice a week, and I took my friend union once a week. And this one-year time is really unforgettableit’s tougher than I thought; it’s shorter but it’s full meaningful. The responsibility of independence makes differences; everything is dependent on your own. And I was really proud to have so many excellent classmates around the world. The discussions with them always stimulate the way I think and the way to behave. The other thing which impressed me most is that I have other 8 roommates and we all come from different countries, and it’s not amazing when we get along quite well since there is a French girl who is really good at making muffins. The girl who lived next door to me, Diana, always said that it is muffin that brings us together.

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In Cambridge, there are many ways to relax,such as punting, hiking, shopping and travelling. It’s a world-class scenic spot. Take formal dinner as an example, there are total 32 colleges in Cambridge, and each one has their own cooking style. And to attend formal dinner is one of Cambridge students’ favorite thing, to enjoy various delicious food! After dinner, everyone would joke about which college produces the best or worst. Some colleges are so popular that even students from that college cannot get a ticket for it. According to their words, the moment when college website started to sell ticketsthey are sold out!

 

After a whole year of study, the most exciting moment for Cambridge student is the May Ball. “Study hard, play harder” is what I believe for Cambridge students. Everyone will dress like prince and princess to enjoy a big wonderful party till the next morning. And for students there, there is a kind of custom said, if you stay up successfully until the next day morning, you can say you “survive”.

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Thanks to this three-year journeyI’ve chosen this way with no regret. The old movie “Roman Holiday” said, “You can either travel or read, but either your body or soul must be on the way”. And now I am fully equipped for the next journey.