The environment, safety and freedom of speech are the factors that attracted me to study in Taiwan. I believe that living and studying in a new place will force myself to grow, increase my creativeness and keep my eyes open while study in school. Not only knowledge learning but also learn the culture, the way people communicate and working together with different people either in-school project or off-campus internship. Last but not least, the freedom of speech makes me know more about others, get to know perceptions from the opposite sides and make me want to think widely.
I’m currently studying Advertising and Strategic Marketing course, it is all about marketing, media, public relations, creativity and consumer insight. The most enjoyed part of the study is group assignment and knowledge sharing from a teacher. Both of these always benefit students and brainstorm us think out of the box. The interaction between teacher and students are good, from info sharing we tend to know more about career, sometimes is not about the knowledge but experience. If we participate more events, we tend to learn more. That’s why teacher always encourages student join some activities to keep our eyes open.
First, the difference between my country and Taiwan is the society and university. Taiwan is more emphasis on individual rights, media ethics, and law. But in my country, our understanding of rights and law are slightly shallow. Thus, students in Taiwan understand their rights, things can do and cannot do while organizing events, publish personal perception or announce news on social media. Second, the teacher in Taiwan tends to be more encourage students to give out self-opinion, not only one-way communicate in class. There is always a short discussion in class before finish lesson. The two-way communicate always brainstorm us and train us to think in different ways.
The most difficult part when I applying to study in Taiwan was preparing documents to apply for universities. Few months after I graduate from my college, some documents still not prepare for students who are looking for overseas study. The department in-charge not giving responsibility on it, graduated student like me were required to email that university that I applied Taiwan to get an official letter, once they received an email from those universities they will prepare those relevant documents for applying study. So I decided to send emails and phone calls to the relevant department to explain and ask for help. Million thanks to that person-in-charge who replied my email and helped me to complete it even they have lots email to reply and working tasks to be complete.
After complete my study in Taiwan, I’m looking forward into marketing planner under event company or media company in Malaysia. Although the working environment and living quality in Taiwan are better than Malaysia, but due to my parents are getting older, I hope I could spend more time with them so I will be back to my country for my career and the same time with family.
I believe study in Taiwan will transform myself into a better person. Either portfolio in university, knowledge or attitude. I will be studying in Taiwan about 3 years, thus I believe my creativeness, ideas, and portfolio will help the team to grow. Furthermore, I found that the communication style between Taiwanese and Malaysian are very different. When we have different opinions and try to pursuit others, the way they discuss and the choice of words are nice. As a media student, communication is very important because we are the bridge between public audience and corporate. If we could talk nicer than we can avoid lots of PR problem and build up the team.
Meet new friends from other countries and learning knowledge are the biggest achievements to me studying in Taiwan.
“While in Rome, do as the Romans do”, from living style, foods, seasons and etc., enjoy the difference with your country and have fun because we only live once.