中山醫學大學 健康餐飲管理學系 溫同學
When I was a child, my first dream was to be a flight attendant. I wanted to speak fluent English and traveling around the world. Although the flight attendant is not my dream now, the personality that likes to take risks and challenge new things wasn’t changed. I was very looking forward to experience living abroad. Seeing the peers who I have known before was studying abroad or working abroad. I envied them. But I didn’t want to be envious in front of the screen. I wanted to achieve my dream. Therefore, I always paid attention to the international office of my school. I would see if there was if there is any chance or activity that would allow me to live abroad for a while. In the meantime, I saw this internship program. I didn't hesitate to sign up. Although my mother and friends didn't really want me to participate, I wanted to practice my dreams. For the motivation of their balks, I accepted the level of interviews. Then, I came to Italy.
I don't like the unchanging, unconventional environment. I like to take risks and meet new things. I want to make myself more competitive. I will tell myself that I have to be brave enough to challenge and to expand my comfort zone. Therefore, I like the sentence of the Disney story: "Adventure is out there! Though infinity and beyond." Although I was longing to live abroad, I thought that I was not afraid of setbacks. I could adapt to the environment and wasn’t homesick. But when I went abroad, I found that I was homesick and wasn’t easy to adapt to the environment. For example, because of the water quality problem, my skin was sensitive; because of the difference in diet, I was allergic to food; because of the language different, it was poor communication. I also had a mentality of escaping and falling down, but this mentality has not been maintained for a long time. I told myself that "Pain is temporary and quitting lasts forever.’’ This was a new challenge. As long as I challenged and overcame the setbacks, and this was a new breakthrough. However, I overcame it. I felt in love with Italian and learned a language that I have never touched before. It was so fulfilling. I incorporated the pace of life in Italy and understood their habits of life and so on. And I thought that I knew the result after I had a personal experience. In this Italian internship experience, I have added a lot of insights and ideas. I had a lot of memories and experiences. However, I could share this experience with others.
It was my first time that I participated in this internship program. In addition to integrating and adapting to the local environment, I also needed to adapt and integrate into the personality and lifestyle of the other nine partners. Therefore, in this half year, in addition to letting me learn how to live in groups and to improve the skills of dealing with others, such as learning the merits of others, tolerating the shortcomings of others and thinking from the perspective of others and so on.
By the way, I experienced working with foreigners and understanding their work habits, ways of thinking and attitudes at work. I was honored that I have helped the company I was assigned to. I understood the information about wine and the research on the planning, so I urged the company to have connections and intersections with wine industries. As for learning, I have experienced a veritable interactive teaching abroad. The teacher did a lot of activities and asked many questions to make us think and discuss in group.
In this internship experience, there were many of my first time. For example, the first time I took the plane myself; the first time I went to the ambulance; the first time I traveled. Those gave me a breakthrough and change. In addition to work and study, I traveled. I used to want to take a trip to my own travels, plan my own trip, taking care of everything. I went to a lot of cities out of Perugia. When I successfully completed a trip, I felt particularly fulfilled.
I saw many Chinese in Italy, some came to study, some lived here to do business. I think that we are familiar. They also could speak fluent Italian so I felt that their experience was richer than me. Therefore, I still had a lot of things to learn and work hard. After I stepped out of the comfort circle and opened my eyes, I was more able to understand the phrase "No matter how good you think you are, there is always someone out there that is better." I found that I was really little and I had to work harder and harder for my dreams. Because there are too many people who work harder than me! So I know very well that I have no excuse for laziness and laxity. With the experience given to me by this internship program, let me determine my goals and direction! I think that I will be busy after I return to Taiwan. Be busy towards my dreams!