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THE THINGS I LEARNED IN WA--葡萄酒2011级岳卓雅

发布科室:学籍与信息科      发布时间:2014-04-09   

The study tour in Western Australia for a month was really a meaningful experience for me. I learned quite a lot from it.

·         The first thing I learned is to study voluntarily and be academic.

The lessons we learned there were not just linguistic. Observing family life, going to the local market, interacting with shopkeepers helped us to round out and deepen the overall experience. We can read all the books in the world about the life in Western Australia, but being here is a different story. My greatest souvenir from the experience should be the ability to communicate in a foreign tongue.

Writing is an invaluable way of clarifying our thinking, expanding our imagination, and stretching our mind. At home, we can write anything we want even with some mistakes and other people’s words. However, when we are working at an academic writing, it is a different thing.

It is not an easy job for us Chinese students to do it well. As a result, we may be involved in plagiarism. At UWA, plagiarism is defined as:” the unattributed use of someone else’s words, creations, ideas and arguments as one’s own. Within university policies it is usually further extended to include the use of ‘too close’ or extensive paraphrase.”

It was quite a great shock for me when I got my writing report back and I never thought that so many of my words were defined as plagiarism.

On one hand, I feel sorry for that, and on the other hand, I think it is not a bad thing for me. It indicates that I have some obviously bad habits and these habits can be the most challenging to overcome; but it is definitely worth the time and effort put in to try. Habits are formed from repetition, and the best way to undo a habit is to replace it with a better habit, also through repetition.

                                       

·         The second thing I learned is to stay optimistic and energetic.

During the several months before I flew here, I was in an extremely bad mood. I felt like I was in a rut and I could never get out. Then, I came here and changed my mind gradually.

I find the people in Perth always look happy and energetic. They often do a lot of exercises every day and arrange their life well. They believe that maintaining both physical and mental health is one of the most important things they can do.

Being here for a month, I no longer make the mistake of waiting on someone or something to come along and make me happy. True happiness comes from within, when I choose not to allow another person or event to control my emotions, and when I choose to focus on what I have, not what I haven’t.

Right now, I have more than enough to be happy, I have the full capacity to find something small to celebrate, I have a choice to make.

·         The third thing I learned is to be calm and to get along with nature.

I don’t know how to describe my feelings when I was in Albany. I live in a crowded city in China and I seldom have the chance to see such grand sight in China. It was quite amazing to be so close to the nature. When we were walking though the forests, climbing up the mountains, watching the vast sea, communicating with farmers and their animals, I forgot all the rush things in my life.

I cannot help thinking of my favorite words in WALDEN by Henry David Thoreau:

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan- like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion. "

It is the time for us to ask ourselves: “Why should we live with such hurry and waste of life?”

                                     

·         The fourth thing I learned is to live my own life and to be independent.

When we were studying or listening to lectures at UWA, I found that the teachers here prefer to ask their students a question which is seldom mentioned at Chinese schools. The question is: ”What are you interested in? ”

In China, most people are doing a job which they are not really interested in or even those they dislike. What is life for if not finding ourselves and trying to become the best, most genuine version of us that we can be? That's what Steve Jobs meant when he said this at a Stanford University commencement speech: “Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice.” The only way to do great work is to love what we do.

What’s more, most Australians place great importance on individual responsibility. Whether it is at work or in a study environment, most Australians believe that people should take individual responsibility for their own actors. At work, for example, people are often judged by how capable they are of handing responsibility without much guidance, in other words, having an independent approach to work is very highly valued. Meanwhile, in a study environment students are expected to produce essays and reports independently.

·         The last thing I would like to share is what I learned about my major.                     

I like the wine tours here best. For the individual wine tourist, whether on a first ever winery visit, a drive through a favorite or an unknown wine region, or making a repeated visit to a much-loved winery or region is enjoyable. Most visits to the wineries take place at or near the site where the wine is produced. At some wineries, staying in a small guest house at the winery is also offered. The vineyard views, the fascinating local town or village, the special meal, the light bulb flashing, and above all, seeing at first hand the dedication of the wine producers, all make the wine taste better. It is good for a visitor to learn more about the winery, its wines and the particular wine region. Wine tourism provides a great opportunity for both individual wineries and entire wine regions to share the stories behind their wines. Visitors typically learn the culture, knowledge and history of the winery, see how the wine is made, and then taste the wines. Nothing is better than personal contacts and experiences.

Wine festivals are an especially important part in Australian’s life. It also draws many Australians and international visitors every year to Australia. The most magnificent such festival is the biennial Tasting Australia, but almost every wine growing region or state has an annual wine festival where local wine, food and culture can be sampled and shared. For instance, the Margaret River Wine Region Festival celebrates wine with music and food events.

Australian people really understand how to enjoy their life. They always live life to the full. I think maybe that is why many people say Australia’s wine is full of passion and energy.