Program: Institute of Humanities, Philology
I would like to tell you how Russia and especially Akademgorodok have changed my attitude towards life. First, Akademgorodok has taught me to appreciate beauty. In Russia, all women consider themselves to be girls, they do not like the word "grandmother". Many times I have seen elderly women wearing colorful dresses and carefully choosing lipstick or perfume.
Some time ago, I read the book “The Dharma Bums”, in which you can find a quote that I like very much, “O ever youthful, O ever weeping”. I think it matches what I said earlier. Russian women’s way of life has strongly influenced me. I have decided that I will also always behave as a young girl, appreciate beauty and the joy of life.
The second lesson I have learned in Akademgorodok is that it will all come out in the wash. Currently, this is my favorite expression. When I am facing difficulties, I say to myself, "It will all come out in the wash. Everything will be fine". My daily problem now is my lack of vocabulary. I have an interesting book in Russian, but I cannot read it to the end because I get tired of constantly looking in the dictionary. But as Lenin said, «Study, study and study again.”
For the last few years, more and more Chinese people have been calling Russians “combative people”. You do not fear frost, you like to challenge fate. Chinese people are more practical, most of us like tranquility. If Russians are brave people, then Chinese are hardworking.
In China, it is not customary to wear a hat in winter. Perhaps you have noticed that many Chinese students here do not wear hats in winter? One day, I went to the city and while I was walking around three people asked me, "Young lady, why don’t you wear a hat?" Then, as I walked from the bus stop to the dormitories in Akademgorodok, an old man came up to me and helped me to put on my hat, saying that I should keep my head warm. I thanked him for his concern and went on. Sometime later, I felt my head was getting too hot in this hat so I took it off. But suddenly this same old man appeared and made me wear my hat again. Thanks to him I learned to wear a hat in winter.
Before I enrolled at NSU, I studied in Xinjiang University and in Beijing Foreign Studies University. Each university has its own characteristics. For instance, in Xinjiang University, they serve delicious dishes in the cafeteria, which is important and not expensive. During my first year of study there, I gained 15 kilograms, even in my dreams I was eating. In Beijing Foreign Studies University, I made a lot of wonderful friends. Many interesting events take place there and it is never boring. As for NSU, among other things, I am delighted that the air all around is very pure! When it is snowing in the forest, it all looks like a fairy tale.
The representation of Russia that I had before coming here coincides with the real Russia I see here. Internet helped a lot. However, I do not see many alcoholics that internet comments about Russia constantly talk about. Also, there are statistics showing that in Russia the divorce rate is very high, but I very often see elderly couples here and you can tell they love each other very much. Thanks to them, I started to believe in love.