Time goes too fast, this semester will end after one week. I feel so good for my first semester in Millersville. I learned a lot, joined some activities and made some new friends. Everything is new for me because it is my first time I have come to the United State.
I studied ELI classes and academic classes at the same time. My professors were so nice, they listened to me patiently and gave me some important advice. I met many nice classmates, they were friendly and helped me in team tasks. I made great progress in my English.
In this semester, I also took prat in some activities organized by global education. I watched a baseball game, went to New York city and met some interesting people. During the break, I went to Chicago and Philadelphia. I have learned more about American culture and life. The campus is also very beautiful and peaceful. I love here!
We went to home-stayed village for three weeks. We all have our own partner, we talked a lot with them. I really like my partner, she is a wonderful person. Each Friday, we talked with our own partner and then we got together to learn some interesting things.
The first week, I and my partner met each other and asked some questions about family, experience and opinions for studying. Then we taught them some Chinese words which we thought have special meaning. Next week, the conversation became more relax, we played some simple card games. Then we learned some cultures about thanksgiving from them and told them some festivals in China. My partner prepared very seriously, she printed some pictures to show us.
The last week, we exchanged our phone number and I was surprised that she gave me a beautiful handcraft which means good luck. Then we studied Chinese New Year together, we talked the originate, the food, and way to celebrate it. It was an exciting and meaningful trip. Although the trip ended, we will still contact each other.
Last week we went to Lads Village & Farm Museum to learn something about people lived in hundreds of years ago. It is an unusual museum, made up of many different houses. Most of things are vivid and you can touch them. It makes you feel immersive there.
At the beginning of visiting, we watched a video about their lives. Then we went to a room with something symbolic. I found a very thick book which attracted my eyes. Kristin told us this book was used to record the history of a family.
In the rest of the journey, we followed the clues on the map to find something interesting. In one of the houses, an old man was working on a craft. He told us one of the small flowers took about one hour to be finished. They are really beautiful and make people want to learn it. It was a wonderful trip and we learned some knowledge.
I’m really interested in psychology. Today I’d like to introduce one part of psychology, the subconscious. Subconscious is in everybody’s mind and useful in our life. The word is from Freud’s theory of personality. He thought that people’s conscious was just the tip of the iceberg and subconscious occupied a bigger part of it. Subconscious is always in your mind, no matter where you are or whatever you do.
The most interesting characteristic of it is that it controls your bodily functions. For example, if you focus on your breathing right now. Since the time you are reading my blog, you are breathing but your conscious attention is on reading. It is your subconscious mind that is controlling your breathing. Currently, you are breathing consciously because I told you to pay attention to your breathing. As soon as you shift your attention back to reading my blog, your subconscious mind will again take over the breathing activity.
Subconscious still has many other characteristics. Besides, it is useful in our life. It can be used in hypnosis. By entering the state of hypnosis we can safely bypass the Conscious Critical Faculty part of the mind and ‘reprogram’ the subconscious so that it takes on board new, better ideas. It can help people to forget the bad experience and get a better future. In conscious, if you believe in the power of your subconscious mind, regardless of what you want and what you are aiming for, your subconscious mind can, and will, always guide you with answers that you couldn’t have possibly imagined.
On October 6th, we went to a farm near our university.
The land is divided into different regions and different things.
You could see many rows of apple trees and pear trees. There is a huge pumpkin patch next to the trees.
Teacher told us that we could choose our own pumpkin. We spent a long time looking for the pumpkin we liked. Then I used a long pair of scissors cutting the stem of the pumpkin which I chose. The pumpkin is much heavier than I thought. It is litter difficult to walk with it. However, it is still an interesting experience.
Finally, we went to the farm’s store. It sells many interesting things that I have never seen before. For example, the gourds have many kinds of strange shapes. Besides there is the orange corn. The apple cider tasted delicious. It was a perfect trip.
We took school bus to the manor shopping center in September 22nd. We planned a funny time off-campus, including when to go and leave, seeing which movies.Maybe next time, we can go there using this plan.
Then we went around the shopping center, find some answers of the questions about there. Such as the type of food it serves, the tore you can get a medical prescription filled…
I saw some fireplaces sold in Big Lots. It’s special for me, because it’s difficult to see them in China.
I think it’s fun to own a fireplace in my home.
In addition, we went to the Weis marker, there are many kinds of cheeses and beefs. We usually don’t eat cheeses in china, however, in American, I find people like to add cheese to anything they eat. There are also many kinds of cereals, in my opinion, it’s a good choice to eat cereals with milk in morning.
It is a long trip to get to the Unite States, took about fifteen hours. And we arrived Millersville in the evening, we lived in a house, we are all really tired, so we go to bed early.
The second day, because of jet lag, we got up early in the morning, we decided to go out to see our school, it is really different from the university in China. There are not tall buildings and many persons. The food is totally different, we eat humbugger, pizza and something else everyday. I went to Walmart three times and bought many things I need. The dormitory is pretty good for Chinese students I guess. In China, we lived a smaller dormitory and more than four persons live in there.
I think it is a really new life for me to begin the study at Millersville.
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