Hi everyone! My name is Shuo Li, from Shandong University, China. I am really excited to share my exchange life with you during this spring semester. When the plane took off at 6:30 am in Amsterdam, I hardly believed it. Just three days ago, I had been taking the final exams in my home university. Once finishing the exams, I took the train to Beijing and flied to Hong Kong there. Then I boarded the plane to Amsterdam in Hong Kong. You can buy a train ticket to Maastricht at Schipol airport. There is a train station under the floor where you pick up your luggage, like other European cities. Everything went smoothly until we were on the train to Maastricht. As we were unfamiliar with the route, we missed the right train stop . Also, we had a hard time finding how to go to guesthouse. Luckily, residents here speak English very fluently and are pretty patient to show us the way. It was a pity that we did not book the pick-up service by e-mails. Finally, with the help of the bus driver, we got off at the right stop and stood in front of the gateway of the guesthouse.
When I walked into the lovely guesthouse, all the exhaustion disappeared at once. Careful staffs told you how to use the mail box and something like that. By the way, you have to pay for your rent of this month when you check in. What’s more, do not forget to get a free SIM card from ISN! The double room I have booked is in the P building. The accommodation is worth the rent. The kitchen in the room is clean and well equipped. I like the big window very much. The decoration in the room is really warm. Our luggage settled well, we began to look for supermarkets. The location of the guesthouse is great. It takes only 5 minutes to the big shop mall nearby, where you can buy almost all the necessities in all kinds of supermarkets. Besides, it is not far from the city center. I went to the city center to shop or visit once a day in the first week.
SBE arranged introduction days for exchange students before we started taking class regularly . It was an excellent opportunity to get familiar with the university, the culture in Maastricht and make new friends from all over the world. What impressed me most is the small group guided by a mentor, a regular student in SBE. All the exchange students were randomly (I guess) distributed into different groups, where a regular student as a mentor was responsible to introduce the institutions in SBE in more details, show us around the city and organize a tutorial based on PBL, which helped us exchange students to adapt to the new study mode as soon as possible. The first tutorial on Tuesday began with a self introduction. Almost half of the students in my class are exchange students from America, France, Australia, New Zealand and so on. The other regular students also just end their exchange in Singapore, Hong Kong, America etc. I had completely realized how international the school was until then.
I only choose one course in period 4 but I have had a busy life since there are so many extracurricular activities held by ISN and My Buddy. I strongly recommend the My Buddy program to you! By this program, I know a nice buddy who helped me a lot when I planned my trip during the Carnival break. I am looking forward to the other fantastic activities we will join together in the left four months! Thanks for your reading O(∩_∩)O~~