(義大利 Arte Hotel實習生 會研所 林同學)
The TIP overseas internship program, I have heard a few times when I’m in college. I didn’t have much interest on it. After I go into the Institute, I heard that one of the seniors be in graduate school in order to participate in this program. I had just felt that she is very brave, but I still didn’t want to know more about it. After listening to the speech of the business model for several times, I feel life needs a little more challenging. I don’t want to continue to live the life which I planned before, I want to take a step out of my comfort zone bravely. Then I have the idea of participating in this program. After the application and the interview, life is to as usual. Until a week before departure, I began to worry about everything. I worried about my English and my Italian. I was afraid that I can’t communicate with the colleagues during I work. I worried that the story of the movie "Taken" will happen to me. Especially before going abroad, there are a lot of air accident. I fear of the aircraft can not take me to Italy successfully. Embrace all kinds of tension and anxiety, I had to convince myself that this journey just like to travel abroad with friends, which will finish soon. Unexpectedly, this five months is really too short and pass too fast. There are many scenery I haven’t seen, many food I haven’t taste, many experience I haven’t have, it all makes me want to continue to stay there. At least give me five months more, so I can fill it all!
When I just arrived there, I felt everything was so inconvenient. The public transportation always delays. The administrative staffs work slowly. The pace of life suddenly becomes slow. In spite of that, everything is fresh and full of surprises. A little more attention can make me discover a lot. Life was full of fun. In the beginning, before I spent the money, I transform the price into NT, thinking it was too expensive to let me buy it. And now I converted the price into Euros. Everything becomes so cheap. My value system totally changed!
Working at Arte Hotel, although unlike the other students in other companies have obvious target task or output, though I don’t learn how to contact the supplier and competitor analysis, I don’t obtain less than them. I learned the hotel operational processes, and during chatting with my colleagues, I learned a lot about everything of Italy. I have more opportunity to stay with Italian people. Although I went back to Taiwan, I still have a lot of colleagues’ FB and e-mail. We keep in contact. I believe that in the future we will meet again!
Compared the hesitant before I leave, I regret why Italy rather than go to the United States or the United Kingdom ... and other countries where I can practice English. And now I believe that I made the right choice and feel grateful of that. Although Italy is not an economic great power, it has a lot of history and is a romantic country. Milan, Rome, Florence, Venice, Naples, Vatican, you can never find another country has so many famous cities. And You can also travel around Europe during the Christmas vacation. Europe is really romantic. There are many distinctive buildings, cuisine and culture. My friends and I used the less of money traveled the most of countries. Living in Italy more than four months, tasted all the food, culture and human warmth; visiting the most beautiful Prague Square of Czech Republic, where I spent my Christmas the most important celebration in Europe; eating a famous German pig knuckle, pass through the negative 5 degrees of the blizzard which almost made my hands and feet amputated; visiting Amsterdam in the Netherlands by riding a bicycle, watch the most beautiful horizon-fireworks in my life; in France, I ate the first macaron of my life, and get lost in the Palace of Versailles and the Louvre; After eating the fried fish of Britain, I finally know why Britain is called the deserts of food, fortunately, the beautiful Thames scenery fill my inner void. I accumulated a lot of memories. Not only me, even family members and neighbors feel this trip is very worthwhile and very cost-effective. This five-month is not too long, it’s not enough to make you become an Italian. But this five-month is not too short, it’s enough to change your life.