#StudyAbroadBecause You Can Welcome Adventure

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / Feb 07, 2015 /
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Lin Yuhan is an international student from Hangzhou, China. She first came to the U.S as an foreign exchange student when she was 16. She graduated from a high school in Missouri, and is currently a college senior studying political science and global studies. She loves exploring culture, civil justice, playing ping pong, and photography. Lin is also the Culture and Politics Editor here at Wandering Educators.

 

Lin Yuhan. #StudyAbroadBecause You Welcome Adventure

 

What motivated your decision to come to the U.S.?

I was very interested in learning English and was intrigued by western culture when I was little. I watched American movies a lot, especially those associated with high school life, which was quite different than the high school environment in China. For me, partially, it was also an escape from loads of schoolwork.

 

What has your experience been like so far?

It has been great. I have been extremely lucky to meet many great and positive people who have supported to along the way. Studying here alone is challenging because you have to deal with language barrier and cultural gap; most importantly, you start with no connections at all. If it weren’t for my friends’ support, I would not have enjoyed life here so much. 

 

What do you like most about studying in the U.S.?

I like the fact that I am more confident when living in the U.S., because people here tend to accept you because of who you are and what you know, instead of your appearance and origin, which can be a serious issue in many Asian countries.

 

What are some challenges you have faced while studying here?

I still wish I could have come to the States when I was younger, so I'd be more proficient in English.

 

What skills have you developed so far from your experience?

I have become more passionate about things that I really care, and I am more confident in expressing my opinions.

 

Do you feel changed thus far from your time abroad? If so, how and why?

Yes. Like I said before, I am becoming more confident, and starting to think more, especially issues around social justice, race, discrimination, etc. I like the fact that people here can express what they truly believe without getting into trouble.

 

How has international education impacted or influenced your cultural identity?

I started to regard myself not only as a Chinese, but also an Asian, and a global citizen. I think that’s how this melting pot has influenced me.

 

Why do you think international education is important?

It is important because it motivates you to get out of your comfort zone and to welcome any adventure you are going to conquer. It can be challenging, but retrospectively, it is so rewarding.

 

#StudyAbroadBecause You Welcome Adventure

 

 

Photo courtesy and copyright Lin Yuhan