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Education At It’s Finest

While in Taiwan, I have noticed that some things are universal while others or not. Education definitely is. However the process is different in Taiwan. At China Medical University they have classes from early in the morning to very late at night. They also have a school bell to begin and dismiss class, like a high school in America. Knowledge is so important to the Taiwanese culture. The desire to be well educated originates from Confucius.  Every major city has a temple in his honor. He is singly the most important figure in the drive for all Taiwanese people to be educated. Although the education here is different, I think that there are pro’s and con’s like in America. Since I can only state what I have been told from CMU students that take classes here, I would like to focus on my experience in a classroom so far. I have different classes every day. There is a rotation but it is not as specific as in America. They professors speak English. I was so surprised that my lectures, power points, and handouts were all in English. Enthusiasm is not in short supply. I believe that all of the professors are so excited and enthusiastic during their lectures because of the passion the country has for education. The classrooms are just like ours in America. Each professor has played a game or done some type of engaging activity with each lecture. I believe that this had made it easier for me to learn. It’s not just listening to someone read the power point to you like I have experienced so many times in America. I find it’s easier to remember information that I did not even realize I was processing.  Overall, I have been very pleased with the process of learning and the knowledge I am gaining. Education is Taiwan is definitely an amazing experience.


Hello! My name is Abril Agnew. I was born and raised in the fabulous city of Florence, AL. I am a senior majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Health Promotion. Traveling is something that I have always wanted to do. I have never been outside of the United States and I have only flown once previously. My professional aspiration is to become a doctor. I will be traveling to Taiwan to study at China Medical University. I am extremely passionate about people and helping others. It is my hope that my study abroad adventure will provide me with opportunities for growth. I am extremely excited to try the food and tour the country. While in Taiwan, I will be learning about Asian medicine, health, acupuncture and much more. I hope you enjoy the blog posts and pictures of my journey in Taiwan!

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