Dear Cy-Anne, This decision is BIG... so big that it seems scary thinking about it. But those nerves and doubts mean you’re officially out of your comfort zone and on the brink of doing something MAJOR. I remember when you thought of studying abroad in Africa during your first week of college and how you … Continue reading FlywithCy: What I Wish I Would Have Told Myself Before Studying Abroad
One of the main reasons why I was so homesick is because I missed my boyfriend so much! We’ve been together now for almost 4 years, and we’re stuck together like glue. Here’s a picture from over two years ago :’) Then BOOM: 43 days without being together, 12 hour time difference, and a 16+ … Continue reading FlywithCy: Being in a Relationship and Being Abroad!
I knew that I wanted to study abroad, but I didn’t have $20,000 laying around anywhere in THIS world. If I was going to study abroad, I wanted it to be for FREE. And it was. Here’s how my entire process went: Do I have time to study abroad with my academic schedule? … Continue reading FlywithCy: So you want to study abroad huh? Tips and tricks in the ultimate guide for first-timers.
I learned about reverse culture shock in one of my courses this summer, Intercultural Communications. When speaking on the process of cultural adjustment, the W-Curve Hypothesis Model shows the full process of someone leaving and returning back to their cultural routine at home. Now, on this model, reverse shock is placed on the second half … Continue reading FlywithCy: Reverse Culture Shock is REAL
In the midst of doing my research with students in Chengdu, I learned that they are born with a Chinese name and then given an English name in elementary school. I learned that with Chinese characters, comes meanings or phrases, so many 3-part names sound metaphorical when you translate them. On the other side, the … Continue reading FlywithCy: The Day I Got My Chinese Name
If you’re just joining in, welcome! During my time in Chengdu, I have written down some points that have made me more aware as a person and as a future teacher! Cultural Differences: Personal space: Americans love personal space, but people in China don’t hold it to such a high regard. For example, people in … Continue reading FlywithCy: Note to Self- Cultural Differences and a Change of Perspective (Part 3)
Welcome back! For those joining for the first time: Hello, my English name is Cy-Anne Small and my Chinese name is. I am 21 years old and I am from America. My favorite color is red and I love to watch the Disney movie Tarzan. I am studying at the university to become a … Continue reading FlywithCy: Note to Self- Future Teacher of New and Diverse Learners (Part 2)
The main reason why I’m even in Chengdu, China is because I was inspired by a Asian-American student in one of my practicums. He was able to make so much social and academic growth as his English developed in just three short months. I wanted to know how this felt for him, and put myself … Continue reading FlywithCy: Note to Self- Future Teacher of English Language Learners (Part 1)
Over the past 35 days, I’ve gotten myself into some adventures. Here are my top 20 things that I would recommend doing in Chengdu: Visit the Panda Research Center Get a tattoo by a local and well-known artist. They charge by the half an hour here. Here’s my first tattoo: a Phoenix. If you’re studying … Continue reading FlywithCy: Fun things to do in Chengdu, China
As I applied for my study program, I knew that I wanted to undergo a full cultural immersion experience; I wanted figure out how to maneuver in a new culture, community, and language. Since I had no background experience with Chinese, my program enrolled me in a mandatory Introduction to Chinese I course, a survival … Continue reading FlywithCy: How I Survived China Without Knowing Chinese