A day in the life of an International exchange student
“I am Hanyu Cai and I am a Chinese student from Chengdu Aeronautic Polytechnic. I am grateful to Perth College UHI, and my Alma mater, for offering me the opportunity to participate in the international exchange program.
“In Scotland, every day is a new day for me and every day I can explore fresh things and gain knowledge. In the morning, I use 20 minutes to prepare my lunch and then I cycle 20 minutes to Perth College UHI.
“The teachers often give us a topic in class and then we then have to discuss it in groups. This is the kind of study mode that I like. It is a great help for studying a language if the students immerse themselves in the pleasant study atmosphere of the class. At break, I often buy breakfast downstairs in the canteen with my classmates. We usually have some conversations about our daily routine, recent events, or planning for a weekend trip, it is a good way to practice English.
“As a foreign student, it is quite hard for me to keep up with the teacher in class, but they offer help if I don't understand. Sometimes I will record the video with the teacher's permission and then review it after class. This is effective in helping me to understand the course.
“After a busy day, I like to share my cooking skills with my homestay mother to give her a taste of the culture of the east. She is good at cooking and likes to try Chinese style dishes like: hot-pot, dumplings, and noodles. After dinner, we usually have conversation in the living room or watch TV programs together. Whilst learning English, I understand the local culture from them.
“After I finish my college course in China, I hope to study the BEng Aircraft Engineering course at Perth College UHI as I love Scotland.”