I am a Mongolian citizen, Tumentsetseg Enkhjav, who is a representative of Mongolia. It has been already 9 months since I arrived in Taiwan. However, I still remember the moment my ICDF managers picked me up at the airport, introducing my room and campus. Since that time, a new page of my life in Taiwan began with certain kind of anxiety and worries because of the new culture, new educational system, a different language and unfamiliar environment. In the comparison with that time of the beginning stage in Taiwan, I would say that I am much more mature enough right now. If someone asks me to share my findings from living in Taiwan, so far I would like to emphasize certain things as follows:

One of my biggest findings on myself is to realize that people see and look at me as a representative of Mongolia, not like an individual person “Tumentsetseg Enkhjav”. To be honest, before I came to Taiwan, I haven't thought about it such a deeply like this time. This kind of thoughts also inspires me and motivates me to overcome the challenging times in Taiwan. I might be the last or the first Mongolian to someone who I meet from a different country, so wherever I am in the world, I will try to make a positive impression about my country to people I meet during my journey I will do in rest of my life.
There are lots of good things I can say about this green island, Taiwan from my observation such as a well-developed educational system, responsible citizens, and a very convenient transportation system that is one of the advantages to attract tourists from all around the world. At the beginning, I expected to be complicated to get an MRT to go somewhere because buses and personal cars are the main transportation vehicles in my country. From my experience, there are some certain rules newcomers have to know before they use MRT: firstly, drinking is not allowed to do in MRT, which seemed the little bit strange to me during the first few months, but now I am already familiar with this regulation. Secondly, priority seats are distinguished by dark blue color in where you are not permitted to sit even if they are available. Finally, this is my personal advice for foreigners to keep in mind is that even if you are in a rush or want to have a seat, don’t cut the waiting line at train or bus stations cause local people never do.

Furthermore, my favorite transportation tool is absolutely a bicycle that is not only cheap but also very beneficial to utilize on a daily basis in Taiwan. Before I got my own bicycle, I was afraid of riding a bicycle in public place with a fear of hitting someone. Later, I understood that I was totally wrong since pedestrians or drivers on the road get away from your way when they see you are on your bicycle. With my bicycle, whenever I want, I can visit my personal security place where I find ways to recharge my energy with full of natural beauty and certain numbers of sea animals.

Finally, I would like to share my interesting ride in Taiwan, which was the moment my classmate drove me on her motorcycle to our university. Even though she was driving with normal speed, I was really frightened to fall down or something bad happened to us. In my country, women almost don’t drive a motorcycle. Even if I held her with my arms tightly, I was praying to land safely. Of course, we reached our destination safely with full of laughs because of me. The surprising thing for me at that moment was to know her seven years of driving experience since she was 18 years old. Also, I would say it is going to be one of the unforgettable moments in my life from Taiwan. If my classmate asks me to drive somewhere with her motorcycle again, I definitely going to say “BIG YES” with full of confident.

Life is short. So, I will use this opportunity of being in Taiwan to make internationals friends and travel around as much as I can the rest of my time in Taiwan because Taiwan is absolutely one of the safeties place in the world.