Learning in Brock University

Date: December 23, 2010

School of Medicine, College of Medicine, Student, Po-An Lin
Editor, General Education
Center, Lecturer Chiara Benham

Canada, where the sky is blue, the mountains are green, and the sea is crystal clean, is a place worth visiting. It’s a place full of natural wonders. When lying under the starry sky I appreciate the view that could never have been seen in Taiwan. I enjoyed tranquil moments while I listened to the sound of the sea’s waves crashing upon the shore. I also enjoyed the beauty of the forests and mountains while strolling on trails in the wild nature park. Every one of us from China Medical University was completely entranced by the scent of flowers and the chirping of birds and inspects.

While studying at Brock University, I discovered that English is very important to study and understand. The reason why I think this is because English is an international language. It’s the most widely spoken language on earth. If one can speak English well, they will have little difficulty communicating with foreigners from different parts of the world. If one can master English, they can acquire firsthand information about what’s going on in the world.

I really appreciate that I have had the opportunity to visit Canada and learn about Health Science. In my opinion, if people are familiar with English then they can easily understand the many books which have been written in English. As technology is continually progressing, most information that is being circulated over the world is written in English. Mastering English will help me take advantage of new trends and enrich my knowledge.

I led a colorful life when I was an exchange student at Brock University. The University’s unique philosophies take students beyond their pursuit of academic excellence. Brock is a place where left-brain and right-brain thinkers come together. Students develop rational/analytical thinking in concert with their emotional/creative sides. The philosophy places emphasis on community involvement as a crucial role in developing intelligent, well-rounded members of society. These kinds of ideas really made an impression on me. I think that it is both a good idea and important for every student to develop both sides of their brain.

I will never forget the Niagara Falls, a famous spot I visited. Niagara Falls is a destination unlike any other. From the top of Skylon Tower (775 feet up) to the base of Horseshoe Falls (188 feet down), Niagara Falls is an awe-inspiring Ontario Canada vacation destination. The Falls give off a round-the-clock roar, a refreshing - and surprisingly far-reaching - mist, and a reminder of just how wondrous our natural world is. There are many ways to experience the Falls from the marvel of gazing at the Falls from innumerable look-out points to the adrenaline-fueled activities like whitewater jet boats. This includes an array of attractions at 
Niagara Falls for all ages.

Toronto is another beautiful city in Canada. Toronto lies on the shore of Lake Ontario, the easternmost of the Great Lakes. Home to more than 2 million people, the city is the key to one of North America's most vibrant regions, the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). 4.5 million Canadians live in the GTA, the cultural, entertainment, and financial capital of the nation. The city is also the seat of the Ontario government. That is why Toronto abounds in investment and employment opportunities in diverse fields such as banking and financial services, film and television production, and fashion. Toronto also boasts a thriving arts community. I was able to visit many famous spots. For example:

Air Canada Centre
Air Canada Centre is a state-of-the-art sports arena that is home to the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association and the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League.

Rogers Centre
(formerly Skydome)
Famous for its retractable roof, the Rogers Centre is home to the Toronto Argonauts football team and the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team, 1992 and 1993 World Series Champions.
CN Tower

Recently nominated one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, the CN Tower features glass floor observation decks, a revolving restaurant, and a Simulator Theatre. It is Toronto's most recognizable landmark and as such, it receives almost two million visitors annually.

Toronto islands
Only a 10-minute ferry ride from the foot of Yonge Street, the Toronto islands offer a panoramic view of the city skyline. Centre Island offers miles of parkland with beaches, picnic tables, barbecue pits, boat rentals, bicycle paths, a children's farm, and an amusement park.

It was an unforgettable experience to go to Canada and I gained a lot of knowledge. “Enthusiasm makes all the difference.” is my motto. No matter what we do, we should try our best to finish it. Because I really wanted to lead a colorful life at Brock University, I had to measure up to the standards I had set up for myself. Furthermore, attending this exchange program and having the opportunity of becoming a staff at the meeting will further enhance my ability at handling situations that I hadn’t encountered before. This program is very wonderful. It not only broadens student’s horizons, but it also introduces China Medical University to the world. In addition, I think that the field of medical science is beyond a country perspective and we should not just learn subjects in one location. In my opinion, by joining this program at Brock University one will not only acquire valuable knowledge, but they also can introduce Taiwan to the rest of the world. This will enable the world to know about the outstanding and brilliant achievements that China Medical University’s medical science has achieved. I hope to have a chance to discuss my experience with others and help them carve out a bright future in the world. In conclusion, I think the program is meaningful for my life and I firmly believe that I not only broaden my horizon, but I also did something meaningful for China Medical University.

(Chinese Version.)


Photo with the professor
Group photo with the Professor and TA
Taking a photo with Japanese professor at Brock University
Friday’s Market at Brock University