Good Morning Mr. Sun Yat Sen


Rise and shine, it is a brand new day. Time to get up and pursue your dream. Entering the second week of my study, I’m still adjusting with everything the weather, the people, the food, the courses, and language barrier. Hi, good results obtained from hard work. Stop complaining and this shall pass.

The Statue of Mr. Sun Yat Sen

The Statue of Mr. Sun Yat Sen

After deliberation with my advisor, he suggests me to take three courses (actually just two but I insist to take three). So for this semester, I took three courses: English Writing for Social Science on Monday, Methodology of Political Science on Wednesday and Empirical Political Theory on Thursday. As international students, we also have to take the Chinese Language class and I took it on Monday and Wednesday.

The Laoshi made this table sign so we can memorize our Chinese character

The Laoshi made this table sign so we can memorize our Chinese character

Well, my impression in learning the Chinese language it was so difficult, it has 4 tones. We don’t have a tone in Bahasa. Every tone has a different meaning. And my first quiz I got E.  Over time my grades improve. Like people said language can show the level of civilization, the level of difficulty in the Chinese language shows the high level of Chinese civilization as a nation.

My first quiz

My first quiz

Other interesting things in my second week of college were meeting my new friends. For my class in fall 2018, there are 8 new students, three of them are Taiwanese and last five come from America, Kongo, Philipines, Turkey, and Indonesia. There is only two female in my class me and Vera.

Credit for Ron for taking this picture with his cell phone

Credit for Ron for taking this picture with his cell phone

The picture was taken from the first guest lecture we have attended. Actually, there are two senior students Ardian (black shirt) and Daniel (grey shirt). The rest is my classmate Ari (blue shirt), Ron (taking the photo) and Fabrice (just behind me). We are a different individual with a different personality whose eager to finish our Ph.D. degree.

As I mentioned above I took three courses, Taiwan higher education has adopted the American system. Before a Ph.D. student can conduct their research dissertation they have to finish a minimum of 30 credits. If this semester I take 9 credits, it means the next two semester I should take 9/12 credits in order to fulfill all the credits requirement. But wait it’s not all, we also have to face the Ph.D. qualification exam before writing the dissertation. And some of the senior said the qualification is more difficult than the courses. The courses itself require a student to read the reading weekly materials.

This is my face, every time I received email for the reading materials

This is my face, every time I received an email for the reading materials

The college prepares a desk for every graduate students. Come from a country with low literacy even for me who is working as a lecture I have to adjust this new learning style. No pain no gain, right. Not only reading the articles, but sometime students also have to present their impression or understanding of the article.

This is my first presentation, I don't even realize we have to prepare slides

This is my first presentation, I don’t even realize we have to prepare slides

This is my presentation and it was disaster hahahahaha…. the lecture gives so hard question. This is a memory I will cherish for the rest of my life. The lesson was to prepare everything well and you have to understand what you read because the presentation is not a formality. Luckily, I am getting better to this new way of learning (reading, understanding, writing, presenting). Be patient, don’t give up, don’t stop and pray a lot hahahaha. See you for other stories.

Category: Pursuing PhD