Studying Chinese and being able to study in China is my dream. Now, finally myA�dream is come true. I have been in China, in South West University to live and study myA�major of Educational Economy and Management.

I first came to China in September, 2011 to study with China Government Scholarship.A�To get this scholarship I had to prepare a lot from 2010 to apply for the Chinese GovernmentA�Scholarship. I graduated my university in 2008 but I did not have a chance to study abroadA�right at that time, so I had to work as a high school and kindergarten teacher of english. InA�fact, in 2009 one of my good friends told me that he got China government scholarship andA�he advised me to apply in the next year. Because I was born in a not good condition family inA�the countryside of Hanoi, so I thought getting the scholarship is the only way that I couldA�make my dream of studying in China become true. I asked my friend his experiences and IA�myself tried to find more information from the internet I read a lot othersa�� experiences whichA�was share in some online forum. At first, I found the schools which have the major I want toA�study, the school ranking, the study environment, the dormitory, the teachers, and theA�Vietnamese association in there. And I knew a very useful website named:A�duhoctrungquoc.net, It was made by a Vietnam student who used to study in China, and nowA�he is in Vietnam, and he created that website for all Vietnamese students who studied, areA�studying or will study in China to have a good website to share a lot of information to eachA�other and for the new members. After coming to China, I was supported to be a Mod inA�charge of Chongqing city folder. I share my experiences and answer all questions in there,too. I share my first time of coming to China feelings, what we need to prepare beforeA�coming to China, what we should or should not. To apply for the scholarship, I need to haveA�two letters of recommendation from my university teachers, so I tried to contact them. TheyA�were so happy to help me with that. I got my passport, my health check up, my study plan inA�China, filled in China government scholarship register form, copied and scanned my studyingA�score at university, filled information in the CSC websitea��.

After long, long days of waiting, at last I received the good new that I got theA�scholarship. I was really happy at that time. I continued to find more information about theA�school I was going to study, how to get there, how to prepare the luggage and so on. I tried toA�contact with some Vietnamese students who was studying in China and came back toA�Vietnam for summer vacation and ask them when they would come back to China, and if IA�could go with them, because that was the first time I went abroad. Some people they choseA�travelling by plane, some chose travelling by train, some travelling by bus. And I chose theA�first half way from Hanoi to Nanning travelling by bus, and then from Nanning to ChongqingA�by plane. That is much more economical and convenient, only from the early morning toA�about 11:30 pm I could get to my university. The trip was really hard and tired, but at thatA�time I did not feel like that. I was eager to come to China, to my university and I felt reallyA�happy all the whole day. I was really surprised when I received my room. I knew that myA�roommate is from Africa, and at that time, I thought that it was a good chance for me to useA�English to talk to him. The room was much better than I thought before coming to school.

I told myself that studying is the most important task for me in China, and I triedA�really hard. The first year I studied Chinese really hard every day, because at that time, I hadA�just come here, my Chinese was really number zero. I could not understand everything whatA�the teacher and my Chinese friends said. I knew that after one year of studying Chinese IA�must pass the HSK test at level 4. At first I studied at the basic level class for the beginners,A�but only some few weeks my teacher asked me to study at higher level class because I studiedA�faster than the others in my class. When I studied in higher level class I was really nervousA�and stressed, because I could not understand most of the teacher said. My teacher encouragedA�and helped me a lot at that time. Every day, before coming to the class, I prepared the newA�lesson very carefully from the night before, if I did not understand anything I could went toA�find some friends whose Chinese better than me and asked them. Day by day, after about 3A�weeks I could catch up with my roommates. I was really happy, and my teacher was, too. MyA�teacher is really good and sympathetic with students. After a short time I was appointed to beA�the monitor of my class, and my studying result is always very good. At the second semester,A�my Chinese was improved a lot. I forced myself to study from 60 to 80 new words and watchA�a movie per day. Because I think that listening Chinese every day is the fastest and mostA�effectively way to study. At the end of the second semester, most of my friend register HSKA�level 4, but I registered HSK level 5 to force myself to study harder and harder every dayA�because I knew that HSK level 5 is not easy. I am afraid of being failed and my friends wouldA�laugh at me, made fun of me, and I tried much more usual. At that time my teacher helped usA�a lot, too. Some of my friends also shared me their experiences in doing HSK level 5 testsA�because they also took these examination before. I learned a lot from them, too. Fortunately, IA�passed the HSK examination level 5. I was really happy.

The second year in China, I started to study my major of Educational Economy andA�Management. I had been waiting for this day for a long time, because I really like teachingA�career. I like education. My master supervisor is Mr Yang Ting. He is a respective and veryA�kind professor. Sometimes he is very strict, but I know that is good for me and otherA�classmates. He knows that I am a foreign student, I may cop up with a lot of difficulties inA�studying process, so he always ask me if I needed any help. He asked us to read books, asA�much as possible and at the end of every month we have a meeting with him report what IA�have read, and ask him if we have any questions. After one year of studying my master major,A�I studied a lot from the teachers with some interesting subjects as: Scientific ResearchA�Methods, Education Management, Education Economy, Educational Psychology, EducationA�policy, Education Statistics. I think these subjects are really useful and necessary for us.

Up to now, I have been studying and living in china for more than 2 years. I do notA�know since when I fell in love with this city, this district, this university. I really like theA�studying and living environment in here. When I come back my country for the summer andA�winter vacation, I really miss my friends in here, I miss the smells of Chongqing hotpot,A�Chongqing shaokao. I miss the taste of hoajiao, xiangjiao. When I had just come here, I couldA�not eat Chinese food, so oily, fat, salty, peppery, so I had to cook by myself for myself.A�Luckily, we can cook in our dormitory. There is a public kitchen on every floor. But little byA�little, sometimes I eat out with my friends, my teacher, I do not know since when I got usedA�to with those, and now I really love them.

All of my living cost in here is based on scholarship. I can get 1700 RMB per month,A�and I have to consider how to spend that amount of money in an appropriate way. Because IA�was born in an agricultural family, my parents are farmers and the income is not good, soA�they cannot give me any money. I have to count on myself in here. I have to save moneyA�every month so that I can have enough money to buy tickets to go home when summer andA�winter vacation come. Being a poor student in a foreign country is quite miserable, but quiteA�happy, too. I find a lot of ways to save money. For example when we go to the supermarketA�to buy food, I usually go there in the evening at about 8pm, at that time the vegetables is veryA�cheap because of big discount, because the supermarket cannot keep that vegetables forA�tomorrow anymore because the vegetables are not very fresh. On some special days, theA�supermarket also give a big discount and I buy more things on those days to use later, forA�example the cooking oil on those days the supermarket only with a half of the prize. I dareA�not buy more clothes for myself. But sometimes I need to eat out with my friends, and I needA�to spend more than usually. On the independent day, my friend asked me to travel with them,A�and I had to consider a lot, because I know that every time I come back from travelling, I amA�seriously broke. But I really like travelling. I still remember the day we climbed Huashan inA�Xian. The mountain there is so high, so wonderful. We spent all day from 7 am to 6:30 pmA�for climbing. I love the feeling when I could climb to the top of the mountain and see around.A�China is very beautiful.

Cooking is my favorite hobby. Whenever I get stressed I usually go to theA�supermarket buy food and cook. My Chinese friends do like my cooking. We sometimesA�cook and have a meal together. They really like Vietnama��s spring rolls, and I teach them howA�to cook Vietnamese dishes, too.

Our school foreign dormitory condition is quite good. We are two people in a room.A�There are television, air conditioning and refrigerator. My roommate is quite good, too. He isA�3 years older than me, and he comes from Africa. After studying one year, he fell in love withA�a Thailand girl, and they are very happy. Our dormitory is in very quiet and peaceful. I likeA�the quietness at night in here, so silent, so peaceful, and sometimes I feel so lonely and I missA�my family, my brother and my sister a lot. Luckily, I have some very good Chinese friends,A�they usually talk to me, care for me. They taught me how to play basket ball, how to playA�rollers skates. Sometimes we go jogging together in the evening to enjoy the fresh air andA�relax. I love them a lot. They are my good friends forever and ever.

I love being in here in China, in Chongqing, South west university to study and living.A�Thanks Chinese government scholarship a lot for giving me this wonderful chance. ThanksA�all my Chinese teachers who help me a lot studying Chinese and my major. Thanks myA�Chinese friends who make me feel that they are my family, so warm, so closed. South WestA�University is very meaningful and important for me. I will try my best to study harder andA�harder, and I am sure that, after graduating my master degree in 2015 in here. I will try myA�best to get CSC scholarship to come back to China and go on studying my doctor degree. IA�love you, China.

 

Author Details:

Name: A�Nguyen Ta Nam;

Chinese name: Ruan Da Nan

Nationality: Vietnam

University:
Southwest university