The Journey Begins (almost)—Sida Lu
My name is Sida Lu (larger one pictured), and I will be the other blogger for Marshall’s LINC Taipei 2013 trip.
A little information about me: I was originally born in China and speak fluent Mandarin Chinese; I moved to America when I was five years old and grew up in Northern California before coming down to USC to enroll in the joint program between the Marshall School of Business and the School of Cinematic Arts. My interests include sports, food, and sleeping while my “disinterests” include waking up, cooking to survive, and heights. My first choice when applying for LINC was Taipei, because back in high school I had a lot of Taiwanese friends would go back to Taiwan for breaks and come back bragging about how absolutely amazing their experience was— kinda made me curious (and a tiny bit jealous…), so I jumped at the opportunity to find out what Taiwan was like for myself.
The past few weeks have been rather rough, with endless mountains of papers, interviews, and finals to study for. Even worse than that, once you finished all your work, there was the unenviable and equally endless task of packing up all of your belongings to move out for the summer.
But somehow, minimal sleep and maximum boxes later, we’ve all triumphantly reached (limped to) the finish line— all done with our freshman year of college, and more than ready to finally go on the LINC Taipei trip.
I guess the sense of readiness can also be attributed to our past few early morning LINC Taipei classes, where we’ve learned about the history of Taiwan, taken a look at their economy, analyzed diplomatic relations between Taiwan, China, and the United States, as well as local politics, traditions, and culture. We’ve also thoroughly researched the companies that we’re scheduled to visit on our trip, and prepared for a case competition at the National Taiwan University, aka the ‘Harvard of Taiwan.’
Or you could attribute the sense of readiness to being tired of the status quo of spending your entire life in America and reading about/hearing about Taiwan for so long without actually experiencing it. Nothing will beat actually setting foot on Taiwanese soil, and getting culture shocked out of our comfortable American bubbles.
Either way, its safe to say that our LINC Taipei 2013 class is more than ready to finally board our flight tomorrow and have this once in a lifetime experience.
After all, who knows if we’ll ever be back to Taiwan again? Definitely going to look to make this trip memorable, and I’ll try my best to share some of those experiences with you guys on this blog.
Thanks for reading & until next time!
P.S. My LINC Taipei roommate Shashank (smaller one pictured) says he is very excited to finally go and see the Great Wall of China. I don’t think I have the heart to tell him…