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Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages|Bilma

Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages|Bilma

Bilma | India

Never in my life had I thought I would go abroad. But my luck was ahead. I consider myself lucky to be selected from my high school for my further education in Taiwan. I came here to do my BA. Taiwan is my first country to come to and I had never heard of it until I was going to come here. Coming to Taiwan was a sudden decision for me and I don’t regret it anymore. Yes, I used to regret it because my education field was totally different to what it is now. I was from the department of science and was interested in medical field but I suddenly changed it. Why did I come to Taiwan and especially to Wenzao University? It was because I received full scholarship from Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages, the well known language university in Taiwan. I thought it would be a great opportunity to experience outer world and I took the chance to come here. My journey in Taiwan begins from Wenzao Ursuline University of languages.

The first day I came to Taiwan, I was like where have I come? Did I make the right choice? I did not even started and wanted to give up. What bothered me was language, living cost, lifestyle. All people looked similar, I couldn’t differentiate their appearance. I heard Chinese for the first time and did not understand a single word and people could not understand my accent, I had to repeat it for them slowly. I didn’t even know how to reply when someone said ni hao ( hello). Yes, I did not know even a word. It was Chinese, Chinese and Chinese. Imagine getting messages in your class groups in the language you were not familiar. I had a stress of mountain on my head because of language barrier. I wasn’t happy at all. I had three roommates and we didn’t talk to each other in the room because they didn’t know English and I didn’t know Chinese. It was challenging and hard to adjust in this new environment. I missed everything about India. Yes everything…. Food, weather, lifestyle, family, etc., everything was different. I used to cry silently on my bed not letting anyone know about my problems. I asked myself, will I be able to survive here? Language affected me a lot. For almost 2 to 3 months I used to eat from 7-11 because I did not know how to order food from the restaurant. Yeah, recalling all this situations, I often laugh at myself. Eventually I got used to everything and started liking everything except stinky tofu.

It was definitely a roller coaster journey. I did not think of learning Chinese since it was too tough. Letters seemed like drawing, remembering every word and trying to write it repeatedly but still forgetting was the saddest part. Professors’ teaching in Chinese entered from one ear and left the other. Later I made up my mind to study Chinese as I thought learning it will be very helpful in making my future bright and also will open the doors of opportunities. I had talented classmates who already studied Chinese before coming to Taiwan and their response in the class was outstanding. let’s say it was a lot better than mine. I felt dumb watching them active and me sitting in the class like the weakest student not knowing what to answer and how to read and write. My confidence level was descended to zero. I struggled learning Chinese and wanted to quit it, but I knew choosing to learn it was the better choice. I made up my mind to study Chinese when I was in the junior year… never too late.

I wanted to learn Chinese so much that I used to watch Chinese movies, YouTube videos, news even if I did not understand what was going on. I was bored of watching it and wanted to be away from all these, but that’s not how it works. I forced myself to learn. When I learnt how to greet people and sometimes say a little bit of Chinese, people used to praise saying that wow your Chinese is so good and it made me happy, but deep in my heart I knew my Chinese wasn’t that good. I worked hard and my Chinese is better. I did part time jobs to help myself financially and also at the same time gained some work experience. I got some part-time opportunities in my university campus as an English tutor. I thought teaching was easy until I got to do it. Scholarships made my life a lot easier as I think things here are pretty expensive. I did my best and got good grades in all my semester to keep up with the scholarship. I also received excellent academic award and I am proud of myself. Teachers here are caring. They are ever ready to suggest and help you. I am well behaved girl and hence got recommendations from my professors for scholarships and jobs. Excluding studies, there were more things I wanted to do. My hobby is to make YouTube videos and I started doing my YouTube channel to show Taiwan’s tourist attractions and share my life stories with Indian Friends and families. They liked and appreciated a lot and encouraged me to make more videos.

In my last year of my university, I won third place in graduation project presentation research papers & projects in which I presented Cijin as a tourist attraction and showed the beauty of Cijin. Taiwan is truly an island of beauty worth exploring with beautiful landscapes and my favorite one is Kenting. I hope one day I will travel to all the tourist spots in Taiwan. Since I love traveling I did not miss the trips organized by my university. There were gatherings in my university in which I learnt a lot about holidays and culture. The best part and the most important part of Taiwan is… I feel safe and free staying here. I did not have this kind of independent lifestyle back in India. I can hang out with my friends here till late nights knowing that nothing is going to happen to me. I find myself lucky to be surrounded by amazing people who are ever ready to listen to my talks, encourage and motivate me. People here are so friendly, kind and helpful especially to foreigners. My friends and people around me helped me whenever needed which is worth appreciating. I got to make some international friends from my international university campus and am happy that I will have a chance to visit their country.

I needed a lot of help in the beginning and there were classmates on whom I could rely anytime. People I met are so good towards me that I got attached to them so easily and it’s even more harder to part away from them. They like to invite you for dinner and will surprise you with presents. Sometimes they ask too many questions which is frustrating… no offence. I have received good education, experienced new things and learned a lot as well. People were interested in knowing about my country’s culture and I was happy to share it with them. I got lot of opportunities to share my culture and tradition and at the same time learn different cultures as well. I together with my other Indian friends performed Indian dance in different occasions like Christmas, alumni gatherings and people appreciated us a lot. After completing my graduation, I had planned of staying in Taiwan and seek a job, but I struggled to find a job and the reason was Chinese again. I applied for few jobs and failed to get it. I thought maybe Taiwan is not for me and I should go back to my country and continue my further studies or seek a job there. I booked ticket to go back but had to cancel it because luckily I found a job. Yay! I was happy. It was all because of recommendation from my professor. Professors are helpful… behave well with them. Getting a job in a foreign country is definitely not a cup of tea and the reasons are language and lack of experience. I had no professional skills and experience but I got an opportunity and I will do my best in it. I plan to work in Taiwan for few years and gain some work experience and at the same time make my language better. Guess what? I haven’t been back to my country for four years. I miss my family a lot. Don’t worry I don’t hate them. Instead of going home, I used to stay in my dorm using my vacation time to study Chinese. My roommates were all back to their home town. I felt sad and lonely but knew that it wasn’t going to last forever. I fell in love with Taiwan and don’t want to leave it. I will definitely miss the food which I did not like in the beginning. It has been a wonderful journey so far. I think everything happens for a reason. Whatever situations I have been through, it just made me stronger and stronger. In this journey I laughed and cried, there were moments of happiness and sorrow. I met incredible people. I believe we should not run away from challenges and weakness but face and fight it. That’s how people become rich ha ha. Taiwan is my second home and I have made lovely memories which I will take along with me forever. Tears will definitely roll down when I leave Taiwan. Love you Taiwan.

Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages|Bilma
Traditional dance performance

Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages|Bilma
My journey in Taiwan began from here. Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages

Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages|Bilma
Bilma lead the song "Insieme", which symbolizes educational spirit of WenZao