It has been three weeks since I began university here at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen (CUHKSZ). It feels like three days and three months all at once. I have learnt so much about Chinese culture and living already, from the food, to the bathroom, to the sleeping arrangements.
The campus of CUHKSZ is a beautiful one. It is embedded around dense forestation with walking trails to allow for stunning views of the University and Longgang district. There are also well-kept gardens, an architecturally magnificent Universiade stadium and modern facilities to be used freely by students. The gym has been a frequent visit for many of us internationals as we have struggled to feel as healthy, as we indulge in the tasty and traditional food of China. The facilities are very neat and new, which incentivises me to get active whilst I’m here.
Unfortunately, my stomach has been having to get used to the changes in diet. This brings me to the infamous ‘squatty-potty’. Most people will laugh, but the toilet has never been a more entertaining experience to say the least. I’m trying my best to make the most of everyday and interact with the Chinese whilst I’m here. However, the days are going so fast that I can hardly keep up with all the things I want to see and do, whilst keeping on top of my university study. It has taken a while but my sleep has adjusted and my back has never felt better. I wouldn’t call it a mattress, but there is a little padding between my body and the wooden slats. I’ve actually become quite fond of it. Room sharing is a first for me and I really like having another international to talk too. Albert and I have some very nice chats when we are just chilling in our room.
I’d love to thank the university for making me feel so welcome and helping me get through all the administration work with ease. It has been tough at times but now I’m really liking where I am, and I can’t wait to share the rest of my journey with you.