Online Learning: Engaging and Fun!

My concerns about not getting to know Taiwan were quickly expelled. Through not only the textbooks but also my language partner, I have gotten to learn about Taiwan and Taiwanese culture I would not have otherwise known. Through the class, I have learned things like garbage trucks are yellow and play music or that at weddings the newlyweds give out sweets.

The Natural Beauty of Taiwan

I participated in American Councils Taiwan Intensive Summer Language Program (TISLP) in 2019. During my summer in Taiwan, I noticed how green it is. It appears the nature has been infused with the country’s architecture willingly or unwillingly. Every time I went outside, I always felt this Zen-like peaceful atmosphere. There was some balance between …

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Dan Davidson Fellowship Essay: Kristen Vierrether

During my two months studying in Taiwan, every second of the day I was immersed in the local community. From the time I walked out of my dorm, saying good morning to the guard on duty, to the time I went to sleep after watching local television, I was surrounded in local culture, customs, and …

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Dan Davidson Fellowship Essay: Emili Yiu

This past summer I had the honor of receiving the Dan E. Davidson Fellowship, which allowed me to further my Chinese studies at National Cheng Kung University in Tainan, Taiwan. Throughout my time in the program, I found myself gravitating to the locals in Tainan and wanting to learn more about Taiwanese culture. After classes …

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Dan Davidson Fellowship Essay: Giselle Jernigan

My experience in TISLP has changed me more than I ever expected, and months after returning home, I am still discovering ways I have been impacted. Despite the difficulties, as I look back on my time in Taiwan, the memories become fonder and fonder and I find myself wanting to return there. Above all, the …

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Dan Davidson Fellowship Essay: Mikhala Gittens

This summer, while in Tainan, I spent a lot of my time at church. I attended the Mandarin language services and when I wanted to do homework, I would sit in the cafe owned by the church. This was a good experience for me because it was there that I met some of my now closest …

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Dan Davidson Fellowship Essay: Adriana Choi

Ever since high school, it has been a dream of mine to study abroad. During this past summer, I was able to attend the Taiwan Intensive Summer Language Program which was in Tainan at the National Cheng Kung University. Courtesy of the Dan E. Davidson Fellowship, I was able to attend this program successfully and …

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Dan Davidson Fellowship Essay: Tiffany Barron

I am so grateful for receiving the Dan E. Davidson Fellowship to study abroad in Tainan, Taiwan this past summer. On a personal level, my time in TISLP allowed me to develop strong ties with friends in Tainan and helped me to appreciate previously unexplored aspects of Taiwanese culture. Academically and professionally, my classes helped …

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