Taiwanese student talks TuscaloosaBy Yun Yu | 10/30/2014 8:00pm
Renwei Huang quit her job in Taiwan and came to the University of Alabama to get an experience studying abroad, but Huang said she wants more than that – Hueng wants to break the cultural barrier and improve her English in the ELI program at the University.
Q: Why did you come to America and choose UA?
A: I had a job in Taiwan but I quit it because I really want some changes in my life. I came here to experience different cultures and learn English. One of my friends and her husband live in Tuscaloosa, and they offered me the place to stay.
Q: What do you like about campus?
A: It’s a very open and equal place. I can get opportunities to make friends with people from different countries. Campus has advanced facilities. I finished my university education in Taiwan seven years ago, and we didn’t have Wi-Fi on our campus.
Q: What is the most different from your hometown?
A: Tuscaloosa is a quiet country. Because of the language barrier, it’s still a little difficult for me to communicate with people effectively.
Q: Was it hard to adjust?
A: Yes. Because it’s my second week here, I’m still trying to find the common topics to chat with local people. I don’t know how to say ‘hi’ to other people and get their response.
Q: What’s the favorite thing Americans do?
A: They can do the everything in a very professional way, like the assistants in school departments. People love to help.
Q: What’s the weirdest thing Americans do?
A: They eat a lot. It’s hard for me to eat three or more steaks per meal.
Q: How do you feel about American food?
A: It can be better to have more vegetables and less meat.
Q: How do you feel about football?
A: I watched the football game when I was in Taiwan. The rules are complicated. I’m still trying to figure it out.