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9 Sep

First I must say I really enjoyed this summer. Actually, I shouldn’t have attended the Pre-Sessional class, as I booked an other course. However, I am happy and I do not have any regrets, as it was a wonderful summer. Spending two month in Swansea, was a great opportunity for me to do a lot of things, and explore new places.

 Over the summer I travelled to different in the UK and discovered the English life-style, and I must say, I liked all of them (except London maybe- because in my opinion, this city is definitely too big and too bustling for myself).

By living without my family for 10 weeks and taking care of my self, I could prove them, that I can be totally independent of them, and perfectly able to manage things by myself. Of course it was also nice to have a time off, from everything of my  every-day life.

 Actually, one reason for coming to Swansea was actually to figure out what and where I want to study next year. I must confess that, still I don t know what to do in the future say, as now I also consider studying in the UK. So I guess I will just see what comes next, as I learned through experiences, that life can’t be planned, as all we can do is making choices and taking decisions…

I was really pleased to meet all of you in Swansea, as I so got the possibility to learn about different countries and different cultures. (I also refreshed my knowledge in Arabic, and learned Chinese :D) And especially, I found a lot of new friends, who are coming from different parts of the world. I now really want to go and  visit China, as this country appears to be really amazing and having lots of interesting sights. Unfortunately I couldn’t’ t improve my chopsticks-eating skills 😦 ).

Of course I also improved my English. I guess it will be a hard challenge for me to get used to speaking French the whole school-day long again. I noticed that, compared to the first week I spend in Swansea, I don’t think in German anymore and translate it. Now I am doing the contrary; I think in English and try to translate it to French and German.

I think I also grew up a lot. Handling problems on my own, made me gain a lot of self-esteem. Furthermore, I am more open for new unknown things, and I now like to take on new challenges. I guess, meeting different cultures, interested me a lot as I got really talkative over the summer. I also developed new interests, e.g. English History, … And I learned a lot, by attending all those classes. Even if they are may not all be adequate to myself for the moment, I am sure that they will be helpful to me in the future.

Finally, I want to say thanks to everyone for being part of my summer. I was pleased to meet all of you, and I hope will keep in touch. Of course, I will try to come and visit Swansea, during the next year, but as I am doing my A-levels in two school-systems ( French A-Levels, and German A-Levels are quite different…) at the same time, I will be quite busy with that. Thanks a lot to all the teachers, especially to Ela, Sandy and Alison, who all did a really great job.

 I will miss Swansea and all of you. The summer was one of my bests and I will always keep a very good memory of it.

I wish all the best for the future and good luck to everyone!

-Danielle-

Ps: I promised to some, that I would post my e-mail address on the Blog, so that we could keep in touch, so here it is: riedbergdanielle@yahoo.fr I hope I will hear of all of you soon.

Experiences In Swansea

9 Sep

Cissy

I carried a 30-kilogram-luggage and an approximate 5 kilograms rucksack by myself after I kissed goodbye to my parents and an aunt of mine in the front of the custom desk in the Chong Qing P.R.China. It was a lonely but specific journey. (PS, I lost my E-dictionary on the plane to Hong Kong which was my stop-over to the UK. Additionally, careless is the top one of my fatal faults.) On the plane way to the Great Britain, I anticipated my variant, ambitious and tough life what is going to happen in the near future.

After I got off the plane and landed on the territory of the UK, I was asked to take a quick health check before left the airport.  The first stunning question was came up was ‘are you pregnant?’, I repeated the ‘pregnant’ in a astonishment voice and facial expression, which made one of the two female workers laugh during my health exam.(PS, other one of the workers was the one who asked me that embarrass question.)

When I waited for the coach to Swansea in the Heathrow, I found pigeons daring to walk near around people which could hardly to be witness in the China.

A sort of independent life is in this foreign city, I cook by myself which is never supposed to happen before I came here, I solve any problems alone from opening an account  to renting a house, except I am financial supported by my lovely parents, but I really enjoy the life in the Swansea. Nevertheless less time to sleep is a big difference from before, I drink coffee and eat more food which can make me awake and provide me extra energy.  

Commuter in the Swansea is also a nice recommendation. I am able to relax and watch the views on each side of the road, such as the ancient architecture, countless flowers in the front garden of every house, an occasion lost bee flying inside of the bus, and sun shines throw the window. A montage of those scenes is consisting of my daily commuter life.

I very appreciate that I have been given an opportunity to meet the best classmates who help me when I get confusion about something we learned in the class, and patient teachers who invariably encourage and teach me positively. I thankfully express my appreciation of every help which was given from my classmates and teachers.

As far as I am concerned, it is respectful and intimate to write down all your forenames as following:

Teachers: Alison, Sandy, Ela, Rob, Emma, Leanne

Classmates: James, Hale, Catherine, Jasmine, Dan Xiao, Chen, Sally, Halima, Nouf, Aisha, Danielle, Hannan, Greg, Ibrahim.

(PS, if it would be impertinent to write your name in my article, please let know and I’ll erase it soon.)

I look forward more exacting experiences in the future.

And I hope there are less errors in my article this time^*…*^ Continue reading

Looking back and looking forward

7 Sep

It’s the end of the course and its a good time to look back on your experiences. You have learnt a lot and not only in the classroom!  Please write about your time here in Swansea. Maybe you would like to talk about the university, people you met, new things you learnt or prehaps what it was like living in  a different culture.

You were a wonderful class to teach and I wish you all the best for the future.

The changes of my fashion styles in childhood

3 Sep

-Chen-

  My style of fashion has changed several times. When I was a little boy, my style of fashion, well if it can be called “fashion”, was decided by my parents especially by my mother. It was an era of some cute clothes, by cute clothes I mean there were some cartoon characters, usually they were Mickey Mouse and  pooh, they all international cartoon stars; as you can see when i was very young my style was already  highly connected with world’s fashion.

Time went by , I grew up, and started to have my ownperference of clothes. During that time ,which i mean arround secondary school time, I really liked all kinds of the colour of green, almost all my clothes that belong to that time are green; I can’t understand why I fancied that colour so much, but I think it can be related to the books I read during that time which said green is good for health.

Muslim women and their opinion towards fashion

1 Sep

Halima

Actually as a muslem woman, my point of view on the issue of fashion  is quite different of other people, many think that we dont have any idea about fashion, since we only wear long dark clothes , in fact they think we are living away of fashion . but the real thing that we are very aware and up to date with every little change in fashion world in boths, the clothes we wear inside our homes and the outside once, even in that in some of the islamic countries we dont have  a real catewalk shows , we can easily cutch up with every new in the fashion.

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we normally like to wear casual clothes outside home which must be mediated to suit both , our religious and the modern life. some women like weaning the classic style, especially when they got married.

in common, people in my country are obsessed with fashion in every singl day of their life as well as their passion towards our traditional clothes wich they stick with in the special occasions, which they emmerge the fashion on them through the use of different colores according to the colorof that season. this in my opinion  has affect the traditional style of our clothes , even the change  was done just on the kind or the mix of colores.

Fashion in China

1 Sep

Greg

In the eastern and middle part of China,people’s fashion style is similar to the global main strean fashion. Men prefer suit in the banquet, and women prefer dress. Girls love skirts and boys love T-shirts.

In the western part of China, because of the high altitude, weather there is always sunny and windy. So most of people living there like to waer warm clothes and COWBOY hat.

In the southern part of China, people always wear clothes made from solk, because of the hot weather. Women and girls lobe the long dress. 
Anyway, the style of fashion in China varies a lot when you go to different part of China.

I like to be myself

1 Sep

In general, I am not interested in fasion, but that does not mean that I donot care about my looks. I like to be in an acceptable appearance and to ware comfortable clothes. when I was in my country, I used to buy my clothes from the same shop group that I feel comfortable with. What I am sure about is that I prefer a casual style and I am attracted to the bright yaloo colour. It is an amazing thing that my comfidence is related to my comfort, so, I try often to wear what makes me satisfied with myself.