Take a deep breath. Just say something. Quick.

My mind raced as I finally made eye contact with the cashier.

Too late.

Once again, another person beat me to it, rattling off his order of delicious baos and fried dumplings so quickly I could barely understand his Chinese.

My parents immigrated from China to the US right before I was born. I grew up in Houston, Texas and at home, my Chinese held up enough to have understandable conversations with my parents — I could even write a few traditional poems. So, for a girl who grew up in America, I always thought my Chinese was pretty decent. That was until I was humbled on my trip to China as a 15-year-old.

It was the first time my dad didn’t travel with me. My grandma was busy so I set out early to spend my first day exploring Shanghai alone. My first stop was this tiny dumpling house nearby. They sold my all time favorite food, Shen Jian Bao. These were the most delicious pan fried pork buns and when you took a bite, steaming hot broth would explode out.

I stepped into the small shop and immediately the savory aroma made my mouth water. However, it was also packed. Customers were shoving to get to the front and it seemed like pure chaos trying to get through the crowd. In my hometown, I was used to waiting neatly in lines so I first moved to the back to try and get in line. But I soon realized that somehow I was actually moving backwards and people who came in after me were cutting in front. Furious yet still shy, I tentatively squeezed forward enough to get a look at the menu.


Darn it. It was all Chinese and no pictures, my worst nightmare.

I spent a good minute trying to decipher the words I did know and piece them together like a puzzle. Unsure, I chose what I thought was a soup and pork buns and edged towards the cashier. As people kept rudely cutting me off, I thought back to my hometown, where all these adults would surely let a small, confused girl through first and be kind enough to offer some help. But here, I guess it was a culture shock that everyone truly minded their own business. Seeing all these people ordering dumplings made me understand the importance of taking my own initiative to make things happen.

Through a stroke of courage, I swiftly pushed to the very front and feigning confidence, I spoke my order. Then the cashier asked something I didn’t quite catch. He spoke too fast and I also wasn’t ready for follow up questions. I just nodded, paid, and finally went to wait for my food to be ready.

Stepping out of the dumpling shop, I realized I needed to act with greater confidence here. The rest of the day, I challenged myself to ask for directions as I got lost around the city and to learn how to bargain as I shopped. I know shopping and navigating doesn’t seem too significant, but for me, it was the act of

adapting to a foreign culture that I was proud of. It seems silly but ordering those pan fried pork buns taught me a great deal. First, it made me realize that what I think I understand can change drastically after experiencing something new. And never expect opportunities to be handed to me, I should always take initiative to put myself out there.

Now as I prepare to study abroad, I plan on taking those lessons with me to Copenhagen. I want to experience and overcome both the ups and downs of a foreign environment. I want to immerse myself in Danish culture, meet new people, and get out of my comfort zone in hopes of gaining independence and a more diversified perspective. There’s so much out there that I don’t know — I want to open my eyes to the things I don’t understand and the realities and issues that exist beyond my home. And as a landscape architect, I want to evaluate and apply my existing knowledge through my studies in Copenhagen. I aim to challenge my current design perspective by observing a city that’s the paragon of urban planning. Now a lot more confident than my 15-year-old self, I feel ready to take on my second experience abroad alone — one pork bun at a time.

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国境を越えて学ぼう: Ling奨学金制度




  1. 楽しい: 魅力的なコンテンツとインターフェイスの両方を持つことで、言語学習をより楽しいものにするよう努めています。
  2. 効果的: 実際に日常生活で使える単語やフレーズの習得を可能とし、学習の進捗状況を即座にフィードバックすることで、最も効果的なアプリとして知られています。
  3. アクセスしやすい: いつでも、どこでも、手頃な価格で学習できるようになっています。

注意事項 : 奨学金制度へ申請する学生は、認可された大学に在籍し、新2年生以上でなければなりません。詳細および応募については、以下の情報を参考にしてください。




  • 新2年生以上
  • 現在、認可された4年制大学に在籍していること
  • 応募締切日までに留学プログラムへの参加が承認されていること
  • 非英語圏への留学を予定している学生(必須ではない)


  • 優勝者:賞金1,000ドル、Lingの全言語の生涯プランへのアクセス権、この奨学金ページおよびLingソーシャルメディア・チャンネルへの自己紹介文の掲載(希望者のみ)
  • 準優勝者:賞金500ドル、Lingの全言語の生涯プランへのアクセス権、奨学金ページおよびLingソーシャルメディアチャンネルに自己紹介文を掲載(希望者のみ)


  1. すべての必要書類を集める
  2. 自己紹介文(ビデオまたはエッセイ)を準備
  3. 下記の「今すぐ応募する」リンクから奨学金に応募する
  4. メールでの回答を待つ




    • この奨学金を獲得することは、あなたにとってどのような意味があるのか?
    • 留学経験から何を得て、どのような影響を与えたいのか。
    • 過去の経験で新しい言語への習得、教育問題、海外旅行などで個人的に困った状況に陥った時のことを記述してください。その困難をどのように克服し、そこから何を学んだのか。
    • 留学先の国の言語は何語か?語学学習の計画は?その言語をどのように学習し、練習する予定なのか(非英語圏に留学する人のみ)。



    1. なぜ教育はあなたにとって重要なのか。
    2. あなたが直面した困難な出来事(学業上または個人的に)を説明してください。その困難をどのように克服し、そこから何を学んだのか。
    3. 留学によって何を得たいのか。


    • 名前
    • 名字
    • 在籍している大学名
    • 大学の年
    • 専攻/副専攻
    • この奨学金に応募しようと思った理由


2024年春学期 12月15日