Well, I've done it! I've become a university student!First week is behind me and the verdict is: YAY! I have friendly classmates ranging from 19-50something in age who come from Asia, Europe and all the Americas and I plan to be practicing my français and espanol in the next few years, plus maybe getting down a few key phrases in Japanese, for example:
“Ah-nah-tah wa ha-ruh no ee-chee ban no sah-ku-rah yo-ree u-tsu-ku-shee.”
Apparently this is a classic Japanese pick-up line and means “You’re more beautiful than the first cherry blossom of spring.” These are important things to understand when someone stops you and is mumbling something in Japanese. Mwahahaha...
I'm in school 5 days a week, 4 of which will require a 45 minute commute (please no traffic jams!) in each direction to 林口 Linkou in Taipei county. That all ends up to a lot of sitting on my bum, but the campus is beautiful, the air is OH SO CLEAN! and every Thursday we have compulsory gym class to keep us from permanently becoming shaped like bodies that only fit into school desks.
Most of the courses are directly focused on the 4 Language Skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening, but I'm throwing in an easy elective introducing Chinese Food Culture and although my schedule just doesn't fit around the Chinese Festivals course, I might buy the textbook all the same and learn about the firecrackers and gods and why you can't whistle during Ghost Month.
Outside of school, life continues a rather unceasing fast-paced dance of shared responsibilities and collaborations with roommates, fellow meditators and work, laundry, plants, books and friends. Onward, ho!