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My First American Experience

SAF Fall Correspondent Li Ziwei arrival to the University of California, Santa Barbara and his first day.

15 January 2018

I still remember the hot summer a year ago. Like most students, I am busy practicing English during summer vacation and preparing my passport and visa information. Time flies unconsciously, like when I was at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  In the United States, my time there seemed very long, but soon I returned home, and my heart is dark. I became determined to go to the United States to study for graduate students because I saw the infinite vitality of computers in American universities. I saw the curiosity of American college students; they asked the professors for their kindness and rigorousness. That year in the United States was busy and fulfilling, and it was hard yet made me happy. From this, I have seen my gaps and my future.

The beginning of the trip to the United States was the refreshing evening. I came to Los Angeles, the crowded international airport, the bustling crowd, the ground crew coming and going. I quickly found the shuttle bus to the hotel. The driver was very enthusiastic, his greetings made my nervousness disappear. 

Not long after, I was at my hotel to rest, because it took 3 hours to drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara, and it was already 8 o'clock in the evening when I arrived in Los Angeles. Due to the time difference, I only took a nap at night. I woke up at 6 o'clock the next morning and got on the bus to Santa Barbara. I was excited and looking forward to the coastline along the west coast of the United States. A large expanse of fields, on the right side of the Loess Hill with sparse vegetation, arrived all the way to my dormitory. 

​The dormitory was still very quiet. I arrived earlier. I got off the bus and the fresh air of California's refreshing summer morning came. The student assistant at the front desk checked my identity very seriously and stayed. The dormitory layout is that each bedroom has a large living room with a refrigerator, microwave, coffee table, several very comfortable sofas and a HD TV. There are three rooms A, B and C. Room A is a single room, B and There are many combinations of C, but no more than 3 people in each individual room. Each bedroom has a bathroom, a bath and a shower.

The beginning of my trip to the United States started with a refreshing evening. I came to Los Angeles, the crowded international airport, the bustling crowd, the ground crew coming and going. I quickly found the shuttle bus to the hotel. The driver was very enthusiastic, his greetings made my original nervousness disappear. Not long after, I was at my hotel. I show to rest at a hotel because it would take 3 hours from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara, and it was already eight in the evening when I arrived in Los Angeles. Due to the time difference, I only took a nap at night. I woke up at six the next morning and finally got on the bus to Santa Barbara. I was excited and looking forward to seeing the coastline along the west coast. During the ride, I viewed the large expanse of fields, on the right side of the Loess Hill with sparse vegetation all the way to my dormitory. 

I got off the bus and the fresh air of California's refreshing summer morning came. I arrived early and the dormitory was very quiet. The student assistant at the front desk checked my id and checked me in. Each dormitory have a bedroom with a large living room with a refrigerator, microwave, coffee table, several very comfortable sofas and a HD TV. There are three rooms A, B, and C. Room A is a single room, as well as B. There are many combinations of C, but no more than 3 people in each individual room. Each bedroom has a bathroom with a bath and a shower. 

Li Ziwei at University of California, Santa Barbara
Li Ziwei at University of California, Santa Barbara

My First American Experience

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