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My Life in Leeds
The online-registration processed very smoothly, thanks to its brief UI designing. It is worth mentioning that matters like disability and allergy were asked in detail. I can feel a sense of humanistic care spirit.
I was living in Charles Morris Hall, and everything inside there likes Five-Star Class hotel, plus the kitchens. I stored my milk in its refrigerator. We used the ID card to access our sign rooms.
The teachers there were happy to discuss this with you. You can interrupt at any time. The modules I enrolled was Music in Films---mainly about history. Students were asked to give one group, and another individual presentation about the music played in one movie.
One the class, we learned how silent movies transformed into sound movies. Two teachers presented their recent works about movie dubbing and music philosophy. I made notes, did assignments, discussed with classmates, got training to prepare future graduate studies delivered by English. I must say that LISS is not only an incredible chance to learn English, but an immersed environment of honing learning method.
LISS team held abundant extracurricular activities, excursions, field trips, etc. My life was fulfilled with these valuable opportunities to meet British culture.
At Harewood house, what impressed me most wasn’t its royal adorn, neither nor beautiful landscape around it, but a word from two grannies sitting beside my table in the indoor-café. One said: ‘Life is good.’, another said: ‘Yeah, life is SO good.’
About food. I really love the Fish and Chips and juice, which was one hundred percent. I never drank any juice mixed with water back to China.
Time flew. It was my last class at Leeds University. I did my presentation about music in Kong Fu Panda. I thought I was outstanding. But I got 56 out of 100... I almost fainted when I saw my score. But lucky, In the UK the pass mark is 40.
What happened? I tried to connect all music in Kung Fu Panda to an entire Chinese musical system within 10 minutes presentation. To accomplish that, instead of using PPT, I spent huge efforts to make a video with movie clips and massive captions. I even prepared a speech draft to use while playing the video.
However, in the letter from my teacher, he defined my presentation was ‘A SHAME’, ‘Too general’, ‘Not concise enough’. He even advised me to play only one piece of music instead of many, play the sound file to focus on auditory. I felt completely at sea.
I remembered that famous experiment: When asked to take a photo for a woman sitting on chair in a room, the American only photographed her face while the Japanese took the whole room.
Until that, I realized how big the gap between Eastern and Western cultures. We Chinese inclined to describe things on a very general and comprehensive level, but British prefer to indicate something specific pertinent to that.
Later, when I was writing my Personal Statement and CV or sending English email, I carefully managed to be very concise. Well, my presentation at Leeds University was a significant lesson for me, and I also wish you can discover your new life at LISS.