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A Day in the Life with Mae

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Can you get one piece of advice for prospective students for prospective students? Yeah. Don't come here with, like, expectations. I know that sounds kind of weird, but like when you come here, you will grow into the culture of a you're growing to the culture of being locked in DC Um, you know, really mean, and then take its much advantage as you can of the surrounding areas. I mean, every weekend, some institution is holding a talk every weekend. There's our concert just over that every weekend. It's just fun stuff to do around here. So I mean, like, come here. Kind of like with an open mind, you know? You mean, don't don't come here thinking that you're gonna take on the world, Because even if you want to take on the world, you know, the world's gonna change while you're here. And that's just because perspective. So you come here with an open mind with a clean slate? Exactly. Right. So thank you so much for I would say that and CCU and oh, I see which is the Office of International Corporation. They're there, the office who was managing my exchange and who is in direct contact with my university back home. They do a really amazing job of making international and exchange students feel so welcome. And so at home here at NCCU, there's also a lot of, uh, student run organizations and clubs that specifically cater to helping international students feel at home and organizing events for us, organizing trips for us and everything like that. So whereas we don't have the actual, like institution organizing trips for us, we do have student clubs here that organized for us. For example, we have international youth and student ambassadors who are the two clubs that I have gone on trips with? Um, so we've done overnight trips, we've done day trips, we've done parties on campus, and they're just such welcoming an amazing events where you're able to meet other international students and also connect with the local students who are involved with. They're with the organization. And so we had, like a welcome party with soon ambassadors where they even performed a dance for us and it was so cute and then way. They also organized, like a bunch of other Tom unease like Cultural Learning Event or Taiwanese games that were able to participate in with international youth. Um, they've also organized cultural events for us. We also had a one night trip to Ellen, Um, and where they where? We just went to difference. I seeing places. We went to a rice farm and all these other amazing things. I also snuck onto a College of Commerce trip, which was actually for the business Students are here and to see you, but I snuck on, not snuck on. I mean, like, they allowed me to come on, even though I'm not a business exchange student. Um And then we also went Teo Alon and were able to make like, scallion pancakes and pick our own scallions. And it was so fun. Eso these trips were really helpful in order to meet other eh International, Since they're in addition to meeting the local since here at NCCU Edition Pair's every exchanged it with a local time. Any student through there, buddy program. So I got three buddies who I like e met before I came to Taiwan. So on my first day here in Taiwan by Buddy, Tony actually met me, right? I also as soon as I got out of the taxi, he met me here. Help, and he showed me around. Show me all the people I got to fill out and we've got a meal together. And it was just really nice, because obviously, I was so nervous to come here alone, and I was like, I'm gonna be alone for the full week before classes start. But having him just, like, automatically welcome me and accepted that first day was just so like, I just you know, I was so scared I was gonna be so lonely. But once I met him, I felt really, really assured. In addition Oh, I see offered a lot of different orientation programs. They did performances for us and everything like that. So that was also really great way to meet other international students. Um, so I would say that my direct enrollment program differs from another program called C I e. I'm gonna have a video later on where you'll hear from my friend Danielle about CIA E, which is American exchange program that is offered at different institutions all around the world. In addition, English is very, very accessible here and see you. So it is possible to not know any Mandarin and still be able to, like, fully function here on campus. Everything is like all the signs and announcements are both in English and in Mandarin. I'm here in Taiwan. We use traditional mandarin. So in the Chinese courses you learn traditional and also like just in writing. And if you were taking a Chinese class, it is in traditional Mandarin as well. Um, I have a lot of friends here who don't speak any Mandarin. So they just communicate in English and are able Teo, you know, survive 100% here in Taiwan and especially here in CCU. All right, so that was an overview of All right, So now I'm gonna talk a little bit about my exchange program here at NCCU. So, like I mentioned before, I am in a direct enrollment at NCCU, which is called a direct enrollment exchange program. So this is a partnership with you, and you go Direct enrollment is a form of study abroad where we have a student. I'm enrolled in classes alongside regular degrees seeking students at my host country. So that would be from Taiwan. So that's just pretty much means I'm treated like a regular NCC university student. So this is different from a study abroad program where you're where you would be going with, like, all the students from your university and taking classes, like with all the same students from your universe in the US, but just in a different country. So whereas mine's not like that, I'm actually only one of two students from eight to be studying here and see you. Um, so I would say that, uh, I had a lot of fears coming here first because I was coming alone and I didn't know anyone here. I didn't know what was gonna be like, all I knew. What I was coming to Taipei to study and I was living in this place called I House, and I was hoping to meet other exchange students and other international students from all around the world would also be in the same position as me studying here in Taiwan. So because I am doing direct enrollment, I would definitely say that there are times where you have to be more proactive in terms of like making friends and just kind of taking care of yourself here because you are treated as a regular degree seeking student. There is not constantly like, I guess, like a group of people or organized activities for you with other people from your home university. So it's just like you're kind of starting as like a freshman all over again, which was something that I really wanted to do. Actually, I didn't want to be with a bunch of students from a U in a new country because I felt like I felt like I wouldn't really be able to absorb like, um, everything from Taiwan. I wouldn't be able to really, like, completely immerse myself in the culture and in the language and everything, like that. Um But I did have a lot of fears, of course, but my transition to living here in Taiwan was actually really, really smooth. And I would say that there's a lot of factors that went into that, Um, one living in my house is definitely a lot easier than probably living like with a host family or in an apartment. I'm not even sure if we had a host family option. I know that with you, we didn't. But there are students who do live off campus in the apartment. Um, and I would say that I would probably feel a little bit more isolated if I did do that because most likely, I'd be living downtown, which is a little bit further from my campus here and see See you. So I love living in my house because I'm still looking on main campus, and also I haven't lived in a dorm and about a year, so it is really nice being able to live here because you're connected with so many other soon's her in the same position as you. I'm studying here in Taiwan on exchange, but from all over the world, I would say that a lot of the students living here in my house are European. Um, some of my closest friends are from Singapore and the U. S. And since Ireland here in Taiwan, on DSO, living in my house has definitely been a really great transition because you're able to just kind of organize trips and just grab food with different people who live in my house, which has been great addition, As a direct enrollment student, I have the option to take all the courses here offered and see you. So I had the option to take all the English courses offered here. I do also take a Chinese language course. My Chinese isn't good enough to take on an actual academic cloths in Chinese, just like I would add a you. When I came right before I came to Taiwan for my semester, I logged on to the NCC website and I selected my own courses through there like course selection process. Um, and I think that if I wasn't in direct enrollment, maybe there would be certain types of classes already set up for me with again people from my home university. But abstracting moment, you're in classes with bulls local time, any students and also other international students no. What? All right, so now I am waiting at the bus stop. I'm gonna need my friend Danielle, and she's gonna give me or give you guys a tour of Dorm 10 which is up on the mountain. So international students also lived there if they can't get in tow house or some people choose to live there because it's a little bit cheaper. So to get up to Durham 10 you could either walk or take the bus, taking the bus, reprise less energy, and it's quicker, and it costs one Taiwanese dollars. Yeah, is, like, first what time here. And so it kind of took me a little bit to get up here, but it's really pretty. I should take you up to the booth. It's not gonna look really nice to your dorm. Please drop to sign in. Yeah. Yeah, there is certainly missing 10 p.m. Wait. The last time I visit my body activewear. Yeah, like any coming around area. So nice. Keep. I'm here because there's something told us that you steal food like they don't have anything else to tell you. But I haven't had a dark in here. But then there's life. I recorded E Jesse shower. You showers right behind that door. Okay, cool. It looks so clean. It's e very one Internet. Somewhere light yet Turn it on things. Thanks. So you guys don't need to put your card somewhere way Haven't a c card? Uh, beginning of the semester, I think our programs the sea program gave us an A C come. But I don't think all programs No, we know what you have to buy it. Yeah. So we get 15 100 valued, $500 a card, each person on def. You run out on you something so running out a little bit way. Have the a c on a lot way. Yes. Yeah. The beds are low to the ground. They are low on DH. They actually don't come with any like mattress. So because he's just like a wooden board, see? Probably would have to buy your own. I don't see. I have, like, two of them. Because what, like, wasn't enough on? We're looking at a program. Yeah. Program gave us those mother. So it doesn't come with anything. It just is like the best. Yes, but first I want to know that? What about the sheets? The shoes are also from this city people. So you can live here who doubts about not just your pillows, but I think it has so much everything. It's so cute in here like that. Little like, Sorry. I'm just gonna get first. E Q. Look, another deaths go here and then you have soared. Spades overhears closet. Yeah. Nice to have a little things if you don't trust her roommate, which I don't have any trust in you. But now you can, like, put a lot here and opens up, and it's pretty big. George Place has come. Pull out your here. Yeah, Cute. All right. Any time. All right, So now I'm gonna show you all some of my favorite spots on campus. My favorite spot on campus are actually up on the mountain way. Have two different campuses here. And you see, we have our lower campus, which is where I mostly stay, because that's where all my classes are. And that's where my house is on DH. Then there's er, campus up on the mountain, which also has the dorms that people live in. And, uh, my two academic building on campus school communication and the our cultural center. So if you don't feel like walking, you can take a bus on campus that goes up the mountain as well. And it costs one Taiwanese dollars. It is the art and cultural center, and specifically it's the patio that is outside. Um, so I'm gonna show you what it looks like during the day. I actually usually only come here at night. Um, and I talk about it a little bit more in my nightlife video so you can watch that to see why I love this spot at night. It's just an open patio, and you can see all the buildings here. So from here you have the whole park that you can see. It's so beautiful. So over here, this is our campus. This's the general building. There's someone fishing right there. Um, you have some mountains and these are actually some tunes over here. And then that is Taipei 101 you can see that all the way from here because it's not big, and we're pretty high up because we're up on campus by them. Out in This is a really cool, um, special thing about NCCU. It's an elevator that takes you down to the Riverside Park, and that's something that's special about the art and cultural center. So this is definitely one of my favorite spots here on campus because it's so beautiful across the river. Here you have Maja, and it's just a really beautiful place to just hang out. Nice to hang out with friends here at night because the city lights are just really beautiful. Look, get him right. So we are entering into the R and cultural built art and cultural center because from that has a play. He's in a theater performance. Yeah. So this is the view from the cultural arts center. So beautiful. You just see the mountains and all the city lights today. No, but And this is one of my favorite spots to do work because you could just sit right here at these tables here. And like, as you said, you could just look outside and you can see the one on one. All right, so now I'm heading to classes. Is my lecture on the political history of Taiwan? Um and it looks like there's not a lot of people here in class today. I am Diana from Taiwan. I do from South Korea. What class? Aryan Tony's, um, so before here. And you see, you have classes offered both in Mandarin and English on DH as an exchange. Don't we pretty much have access to any classes that are offered by the school? Because I'm in the direct enrollment exchange program, I can take any classes offer. So I'm mosey. I'm taking like, only English classes. And then I have a Chinese like language learning classes offered by the Office of International Corporation. Um, and I would say that most of my English cost is air like, evenly split between local time. Andy Stern's and also other exchange our international students out of here in Taipei with like English classes. I have access to God classes as well, so as the undergrad I can also take. Some of the graduate classes that are offered here are really nice. I'm in one right now called History of Taiwan. After World War Two every class. If you're taking three credit course, it's three hours. So every hour like this bell, you here right now, Every hour we have a 10 minute break. So right now we're on break in my political history of Taiwan. Plus so we have, like, 10 minute break, Um, and so three credit course is three hours and you have it once a week, So that's definitely something that's new for me. All the classes are like block classes. Where is back home, Um, usedto having two classes a week that each like an hour and 1/2. I would say most classes here, our lecture style come parents I want used to back home, which is more discussion fazed. So this crashing right here is lecture style. Most the teachers will use like a microphone and have a podium and use some sort of power point. And we're gonna start class, I would say, like also here and sees you. There's a lot more like group projects, and it's a lot more like group oriented than what I'm used to back home. Back home. I think we definitely have more individual papers and power points. Um, so that's also another difference that I've noticed and most of my classes. Besides my grad class, I've had, like group presentations and also grew papers like Thiss classroom right now, five less than what you have to write a paper altogether three throughout the semester and then one final one at the end of the semester. So I just want to talk about my Chinese class. So my Chinese class is like very strict in terms of attendance, because the Chinese classes, like, aren't just managed by their professors there, managed by our Office of International Corporation. And so if you missed three classes, then you automatically fail. So my scheduled classes. I have classes on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. That's how I made my schedule because I knew I wanted to be able to, like explore Taipei on DH Taiwan on the weekends. And so it's a lot easier to make that my schedule because classes are only three hours, so I have class only once a week, so I have five classes total. I'm taking Chinese political history of Taiwan history of Taiwan after World War Two, Western literature and social media and marketing, social media marketing and then the political and then history of Taiwan after World War Two are both graduate level courses. Andi, I would say that, like the three hour costs really isn't that challenging. I thought it was gonna be a lot harder than it wass, but because we do have the 15 minute breaks every hour and makes it a lot easier and the fact that you're only going to class once a week as well do you really enjoy my class schedule? Because it's nice fitting it all into three days and then from there being able to I have a four day weekend pretty much and be able to use that time for study and also traveling, which is something that I've never really experienced before. I would say that the class and I'm currently in right now is my is my biggest classroom on DH. There's about like 60 people in this class, but every week I think only like 60 15 to 20 come, whereas on the other classes are about 15 to 20 people. But this class ends up being like smaller because a lot of people skip it because it's a 9 a.m. Andi attendances account attendance also really depends on, like the Professor. So in some classes, accounts and his strict in other classes, it's pretty lenient. So, yeah, I would say that this is my biggest classroom. Other than that, they're probably around like 2022 30 students on DH. Then a lot of times people will skip sould, be smaller. My Chinese class is small and it has about like 15 students, I think. So now I would give you a little bit of a tour of my house or international house. So basically, exchange students and international students live here, whether they're under God or graduate students. But there's actually a really long wait list to get in, So I got really lucky being able to live here. Ah, lot of people live in the regular dorms are up on the ballot in Andi. Local students also live on like the main street. There's some dorms that are on the main street that are about in, um, I for a twin room, which is what I have is 38,250 Tony's dollars a semester, which roughly is equal to look like $1,224 which for me is a lot cheaper than what I'm used through back at you like for a semester. One of my dorms on myself for a year was almost $6,000 for something similar, a double room with a bathroom. So it is definitely a lot cheaper to stay here. And then, in addition, there's about 10 local students or less that live in my house as well s 01 of them is read over my roommate, who you've either will see the interview later, or if you've already watched it, then you've met her. I would highly recommend watching that interview to hear more about NCCU from like a local perspective. We also have in hotel upstairs of I. Also, if you have like your family visiting you, they Khun stay upstairs. It's, I think, like 700 Chinese dollars and they could be wrong. It roughly equals about 50 U. S. Dollars, and it's like an actual hotel. There is, like food service in the warning. You had a free breakfast not free. It's included, but like breakfast in the morning, I'm gonna show you everything that's in my house. We have condoms and everything like that. So just follow me on my do politics beforehand. The hallway lights are and environmentally friendly energy saving lights. So the old dark until you walk by the lake of luxury like turn on when you walk by here we have, like, a little common area. You have coaches, um, and then a table. And then every single floor has a water fountain here so he can get hot water. Cold water. Um, if we go downstairs on the second and fourth floors of house, we have a common room. So here's an overview of a common room. You have some tables here Larger, too. Well, here it's important to note that it closes at 10 p.m. Um, so, Yeah. Like I said, we have comrades on the second and fourth floors. So for appliances in the eye house, common room, we have a microwave toaster. We have a sink that comes with soap and sponges. We have our water far fountain again that has warm cold in hot water. And then we have a communal fridge. Yeah, that's an overview there. It's important to note that we don't have a stove, so we're not actually a lot toe cook Here. Here are the rooms. Every floor has a laundry room on. We just have one washer and dryer per floor. It costs 10 pennies dollars to use it, which is roughly about 32 cents. So each time you washed your clothes and dry your clothes is about 32 U. S. Sense. So we're going to take the elevator and I'm gonna go downstairs to our reception dust, and our reception desk has a security guard from 8 p.m. Too eight or 9 a.m. in the morning. In addition, there's always like a receptionist during the day or sick or the security guard at night. So you always have to sign in visitors whether they're coming or not. And they always know he's coming in tiles. Who's not. So my friend Ming, he's a security guard is down there right now, so he's going toe. You'll meet him, see why he loves working at my house. In addition to hearing some of the rules about my house from him. Yes, I'm alone. Okay, so here we have a litter is gonna click on the first floor. It's always nice here way Have, uh, just notices about what we can and can't do. And also like upcoming events. You can see here that the visiting hours are from 7 a.m. to 11. PM 10 50. So the front door's locked at that time. We have to use our cars to get in. All right. And here we are at the reception desk. And here's me who I told you all about. I, uh I'm the night guard in my house. And my job is to look after the president's house and all right, Kat, wait. No, no, no, no. You mean my tones and my boys are a little bit weird. I don't like the first time you met me are Matt. And you said I am the nice guard. I know. I I'm the night another nice God, because I like, uh, make friends with people like social. And I mean, uh, it is a great opportunity to met a different kind of people from yeah, for the world. So I kind of like this. Yeah. I would say that like, Ming is definitely one of the most friendly faces here at the reception desk. So always know that you can, like, you know, always find a friend in May. So this sounds really cheesy, but he, like, truly caress for, like, safety and wellbeing and everything like that. You guys have to leave the common area. I always ask. I always ask you guys to leave in the common area lightly because you're going to treat you guys like adults, not three years old. Kids. Yeah. Yeah. Politely in treats us as equals and uber that's for me. That's nothing you can get over eat from here. And it's very nice because you can eat it in the own confines of your own room and they come right to the door. So as you can see, they have toe. They have to open up the door for him because you can't. You can't walk in and out freely after a loving because the front door's locked and you actually the only waking you can enter. I houses if you have your own like room card and you skin it on the keypad outside. All right, well, that's about it. Thanks for taking my house tour Nice. all right. So far apart. Two of my nightlife video. I'm going to be talking about night market culture here in Taiwan Most night market stay open until around midnight. So it's a really great option if you don't. You don't feel like drinking or clubbing. It's a really fun way to spend your night. I would definitely say if you're traveling to Taiwan or to Taipei to definitely definitely check out the night markets here. They're so unbelievable. Like my first month here, I was just going to night markets every single weekend, maybe like twice a week just because in the US, we don't have anything like it. Fouty heaven if you're a foodie, first of all, you're surrounded by such amazing food. Cheap food like local food, desert drinks, games shopping like amazing shopping. Ah, home. Like I shop so much here in Taiwan. I don't usually shopped this much at home, but it just like it's just so easy to shop here like they're just kind of everywhere. Uh, Marcus, I really fun to just go with, uh, you know, a group of your friends, because you're all able to just buy a bunch of different types of food. And then you just all try. You're able to try pretty much like not everything, but you tried like a lot of different things. They're some of my favourites have any street foods are so potato balls, Tony sausage. It's kind of hard also to like list off, but she foods because each night market has its own, like specialty food. I guess I would say that for a night markets in Taipei that you should definitely visit would be a total lie night market, which is near Taipei 11 Raoul Hood Night Market Shi Lin is a popular one. It's really big, and I haven't even been there yet. You probably like the only negative side about night markets is that they can get really crowded. So if you're someone that doesn't like crowds, it can be a little bit overwhelming at first, and everything is like decently cheap. So you end up just like spending so much money because you're just buying like everything you see. Yes, everything is just so good. Another thing with night markets is that there's just, like, really, really fun games or kind of like I would release them to like Carnival games on Deacon. Like when different prize is, for example, my friend will meet this. We played like a a dart balloon game, and I picked this guy because I needed a pillow and he's so soft and so Q. On DH, it's really fun just being you play different games that your friends. In addition, I already mentioned the shopping, but just a lot of, like shoot where just, you know, Q. Things that you'll need, like, but, yeah, I I think my number one piece of advice for night markets is just to be super open. Try everything If it's within your budget on DH, just have a really good time. Brings a friend's place in games. Do a little bit of shopping. Um, you're definitely going to gain weight if you come to Taiwan, are maybe not. Maybe it's just me, but, like food is so amazing here, and I would definitely recommend if you're traveling Taiwan to go into the different night markets in the new county. The new city you're in because the night markets also have a lot of localised food. So if you're going somewhere like along the coast, they're definitely gonna have really amazing seafood for you to try. And it's always just, you know, like food is a big part of culture, so I would definitely recommend trying, So this road straight ahead is still on campus and actually takes us up to all of the hiking trails that start from our campus and continue up in Tamal Kong moment. So this is I have some video footage from the hike I did during my like, second week of school here, Um NCCU. So I'm gonna show you a little bit of these campus trails and what they look like. So to get to the trails, we continue walking up this road in this road is still on our campus and actually leads to our tennis courts. So one of my favorite things about NCCU is all the greenery and nature that we have right here on campus. So in order to get to the star of the trail, we have to take the stairs that go straight up from the tennis courts on campus. What? So after taking those stairs for maybe 10 to 15 minutes, we finally got to the start over trail on DH. It's funny that the Heike didn't even start yet because we were all already exhausted from taking the stairs all the way up. So even though we are on the hiking child. This is all still property owned by my school. NCCU here is like a sign that says holy Ginger battery, which is the name of our school. So this trail takes us from NCCU, Teo Junction Temple. And so this is the, uh, peak. This is when we finally arrived at the temple after hugging straight upstairs for maybe 30 minutes. We're 30 or 40 minutes, and from this temple you can see all of Taipei. You can even see some of our campus on DH. They have free hot tea for your drink as well. That's already what I found. right now, we're on the main street where All I would say that most people don't eat food that's actually on campus. Like in the dining hall. Must get their food, like on this main street. So we're going to a place right now. Call blue chair. But what? The international way, like the international annexations. Call it a chair, please. It's known for its really cheap and fast food. There's like rice noodles. So we're gonna head there now. Monica, come. This is my friend Monica. What you get? Wait. Just like on about all the places we have soup, and then we get some tea over here. You get I got Thai fried rice. Yeah, yeah, um and so I forget I already mentioned this, but most villages eat on this main street because we actually don't have a meal plan on campus. So there's like dining halls on our campus on the mountain and on lower campus. But you just spend a paying your own money so people wouldn't for just like more of the options that are here on the main street mainstream. Your agenda also has a bunch of bubble tea. Place is in both places which I'm not used. Teo places. Do we have running around six or seven? Yeah, and she just found a new one now with about six or seven in the cellar, Mostly Baba. But some of them do life fruit mills out of things like that. What do you get sufficient food green tea with? It's good. I would say we're like in the US most people would grab, probably like coffee. Or like, Starbucks before class. Everyone here grabs bubble tea. Or, like, fruit tear like fruit, milk or anything before class. So it's like this substitute for coffee, I guess. Yeah, Yeah, we all run on Boba. And But we'll see here. Yeah, Yeah. Oh, yeah. I haven't Uh Oh, my God. Did I mention that my wand and its so cheap here, it's about, like, 50 cents, like 50 us sense. So, like you. But with anywhere from, like 40 to, like, 60 or 70 Taiwanese dollars. So super cheap, cheap. So seven eleven 11 is also never another very popular dining options here on campus. I have a lot of clean made meals here that you could just stick in the microwave and then have to be available. What a very popular walk. Monica's currently waiting for her waffle.