Impressions of CMU
Last Monday, I came to the United States. Now, I am
studying in CMU. I want to say something about my first impressions of CMU. CMU is an excellent place
to study. Firstly, I think the campus
environment is very good. We can see grassy lawns everywhere on campus, which let me feel
energetic. Sometimes when we raise our
head, we can see the sunlight through the clouds. The sky is clear. It can put me in a good
mood. Secondly, CMU also has all of the necessary facilities. Wherever we go,
we can see the water fountains. We can use public computers and go surfing on
and we can easily
find a self-study classroom. Dormitories supply a kitchen and refrigerator. Everything let me feel
comfortable, so I have a feeling of home. And CMU has a great gymnasium where we can swim, play basketball, or
do some other exercise. Finally, Americans are very
enthusiastic. Walking on the road, some
people said “hello” to me even though they do not know me.
These are my first impressions of CMU.
(May 31, 2011)
Day in United States
I first arrived in America, I judged all people in the U.S. based on one
person, and that was a mistake. One day, I decided come to the U.S. to complete
my bachelor degree. As we know, most travelers have to have a visa. I was one
of these people, and when I arrived at the Washington D.C. airport, I had to
meet the immigration officer. They took my passport for five hours and in that
time many people came and left while I was waiting. I couldn’t wait anymore
because I was getting worried about what was going on. I went to the
immigration office to ask them about my passport; there were four officers; one
of them who had my passport was arrogant, and I asked him about what had happened
to my passport and how a lot of people came after me, but all of them were already
gone. I asked him if there was any problem with my visa, and he said, “Did you
hear your name?” I said, “No, but I have been waiting for more than I was supposed
to wait and the boarding already started, so I have to go now or I will miss
the airplane.” Then he asked me to go back to my seat and wait. He was very
rude. After a while I heard my name, but it was too late. The airplane was already
gone; he knew that. It was my first time in the America, so I thought all
Americans were similar to this person. Anyway, I arrived in Michigan,
specifically in Kalamazoo. I met many Americans there, but they were completely
different from that person. They were so friendly, helpful, and respectful. So,
I changed my mind about Americans. Finally, I learned that most Americans are
nice, and I shouldn’t have judged everyone based on that one person.
Abdullah Alsalem (May 23, 2011)
First impressions of Mt. Pleasant
Mt. Pleasant gives me lots of
surprises. First of all, I noticed that the population of Mt. Pleasant
is very small. For
example, Wal-Mart is a big market here, but there are not too many people
shopping there on the weekend. Another thing is that the natural environment
here is protected very well. I can even see
some animals which are not shy by the roadside.
are squirrels everywhere on campus. They always
hide nuts under the ground, but I wonder if they will find the nuts. Finally,
the condition of traffic in Mt. Pleasant
is a quite different from that in China. Lots of people drive pick-up
trucks here because they are convenient to load heavy goods. I was also surprised
that you can go across the road without waiting because the drivers are
required to slow down. Furthermore, people here are so friendly. The first day we
visited campus, on the street, most people might say “hello” to us strangers.
Even an old lady provided some bikes to us. I like staying here —it is a
relaxing place to study and meet up with friends.
Xinyue (May 20, 2011)
My first impressions of Mt. Pleasant
There are many differences between Mt.
Pleasant and Ma Anshan, my birthplace. But my first impression of Mt. Pleasant
is about its wonderful environment. When I got off the plane, I felt the air
was fresh. It made me comfortable because at this time Ma Anshan has dusty
weather and I don’t need to clean my shoes often here because there is not much
dust in the air. On the way from Lansing to Mt. Pleasant I saw grassy lawns. Ma
Anshan also has grassy lawns but they are not large like here. When I saw the grassy
lawns here, I had an impulse to roll around in the grass. I thought it may be
wonderful. In the addition, on the campus I saw squirrels. In my city, I can
only see squirrels in the zoo. On the other hand, Mt. Pleasant is a bit dry, so
sometimes I will have nosebleeds. All in all Mt. Pleasant is a good place to
live because of its great environment.
in the nature
My first feeling when I
got to CMU was that I was close to nature.
Although I have a long journey before I get the Mt. Pleasant, I think
that the entire trip was worth it. I have
to say that I never came so close to nature.
However, I have been here just two weeks. When I took the car from the airport to our
school, I glimpsed many forests and cropland.
But I couldn’t see buildings, which really surprised me because in my
hometown the majority of the buildings are tall and concentrated. In Mt. Pleasant sometimes I walk in the town,
I can find many animals on the lawn or in the trees, like squirrels and some
birds. This is my first time to set
squirrels. So I have taken many photos
about them, that is a interesting thing for me.
At last, I hope I will have a wonderful life at here.
Anonymous (May 2011)