This first semester was a great experience since the beginning of the cultural shock is very big. I think we all come to Asia having a wrong idea about it, because this continent is way too different from the one I come from, and I dare to say that from any other in the world. I think that almost everybody has problems with the food and the language. Maybe the whole communication way like the corporal and linguistic is very different from the one we use in America. Communication is a very big deal, because if you are not preparing for it, it could be really frustrating. But once someone explains to you it gets a little better, because you begin to understand why nobody understands a bit of what you are trying to say. I have been here for almost 7 months and still cannot understand and make myself clear about most of the situations. Still some people are very nice here to us, the guys from the international office here in Kun Shan take great care about us, so I think that nobody can complain about orientation on life here in Taiwan. When it comes for the food you really have to get use to the flavor. There are some really new and strange flavors I didn’t think existed. It’s very interesting seeing new kind of food, but I had to be careful with what I tried because they made a great impact on my stomach and I’m allergic to almost all seafood. I’ve really had a hard time trying to explain that I can’t eat certain kind of food and choosing it carefully on the street and on campus. Hopefully most of the time I have had a nice time with the food and tried to enjoyed it as much as I could with a little carefulness and awareness.

The teachers are excellent persons and really good mentors, I’ve gained a lot of knowledge and I think I will be able to use it back in my country to help it develop in a better way. I have also received an awesome orientation from my friends that already were here last year. Fortunately, for me they have already been in some situations that presented to me, too. They are a great source of information and help specially the ones from Central America, and now they have become my family here in Taiwan. I think that without them it would have been so much more difficult in every possible way here. I really appreciate all their help and kindness.

Kun Shan have been a good place to stay here in Taiwan. I’ve learned a lot of new things on both culturally and academically, and I think it’ll be of great help for my preparation as a better person and a better professional.