What were your main reason(s) for choosing Norway for your studies?
The high quality of higher education in Norway was the main reason I chose Norway. Besides this, Norway stands for equal opportunities for all, and I was very impressed by this. Thus, it was no surprise that Norway was on the top of my list! I also like snow and the cold climate a lot, so the weather just added another point on it!
How has your impression changed since moving to Norway?
Before I came to Norway, a lot of people told me that Norwegians are very shy. I got nervous about whether it would be difficult for me to make friends, since I am shy myself. But, I found that everyone in Norway was really friendly. “Norwegian shyness” is just a stereotype! Although…maybe compared to Americans, Norwegians could be considered shy.
What are the main differences between Norway and China when it comes to a student’s academic, cultural, and social life?
Here in Ås where I am studying now, students are focused on their studies, but are also very involved in student activities. This is very different from students in China, where many are focused just on academics.
In your opinion, what is the best aspect with Norwegian education?
I think the best thing about the Norwegian education is that it makes you think, about reality and facts, that you never questioned before. Education here involves more critical thinking, rather than just having a right or wrong answer. Like our professor once said, ”you can believe the wrong thing as long as it is for the right reason”.
In what way do you think your stay here will influence your career opportunities?
Definitely the diversity. Studying with people with different cultural backgrounds, allowed me to try and think from a different angle. Hopefully this will benefit my career in the future!
During your time in Norway, what surprised you the most?
Students go to the gym a lot! No wonder people here are so healthy.
During your time in Norway, what did you miss the most in China?
The affordable food back home!
During your time in Norway , what have you appreciated the most?
Good friends I made here, and the open-mindedness of people.
What will you miss the most when you leave?
The nature! And, of course, the friends that I made in Norway.