"On my exchange programme, the first few weeks were great. I met new people and other exchange students, and we all explored Singapore together. We went to different temples, China town, Little India and other extraordinary places."
On my exchange programme, the first few weeks were great. I met new people and other exchange students, and we all explored Singapore together. We went to different temples, China town, Little India and other extraordinary places. Then classes started. At first, it was very hard to find my way around - the University was so big that there were free shuttles to move around. When classes started, all lecturers welcomed us and the classes were really interesting. I took two politics classes, one philosophy class and a history class. I soon realised that there was a lot of studying to do and therefore, I organised myself to best succeed my modules from the very beginning.
The classes were very differently organised; they were a minimum of two hours long and some were four hours long. It took a while to adapt to the new system but I did very well.
The political modules were very different from the ones in UK; during class, we would talk about current political events and try to link them back to what we were studying. For instance, in class, we discussed the relation between the media and political leaders and public opinion applying it to the very new election of Donald Trump. I was very satisfied with the possibility of not only participating in political modules but also trying something new. In high school, I always loved philosophy; therefore I took the opportunity to do one module on that. The name of the module was “Minds and Machines”.
Normally, I adapt myself to new cultures quite quickly by joining different societies. I took ballroom and Latin classes (which I do back home in the UK) and I loved the fact our Latin teacher was Italian. I met lots of locals, which is what I was really looking for.
In the meantime, my family friends (who live in Singapore) always offered me the chance to stay at their place over the weekend and cooked me Italian food, which I really missed. They treated me as their own daughter and I think their support really helped me to adapt quicker.
I kept myself very busy and tried to enjoy everything as much as I could with all the new experiences, during my time in Singapore. Between studying, dancing and volunteering, the time has flown by and I couldn’t believe that my exchange experience was over.
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