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Joyce Chen

Joyce Chen

Hey there! My name is Joyce, and I’m a Taiwanese American student studying Foreign Languages and Literatures at National Taiwan University. In Taiwan, I work as an English tutor to 2 adorable preschoolers. When I’m not studying or working, I love to travel throughout Asia! Throughout the incredible journey life has taken me on, I never fail to take a step back and thank God for the opportunities I have been given and to reflect on my faith. I hope you enjoy this little piece of my life, and thanks for visiting!

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A Day in My Life as an NTU Student

I’m back with another day in my life! This time I’m giving you a little look into a typical day as an NTU student. Obviously my day-to-day varies a bit depending on my class schedule and extracurriculars, but hopefully this gives you a good idea of what’s “normal” for me!
8:00 A.M. Alarm goes off, but I probably have time to snooze another fifteen minutes.
8:15 A.M. Start scrolling through my social medias and catching up on the news around the world. Because of the time difference, a lot of my friends’ activity goes on when I’m asleep. I like to stay informed on current events, even if it sometimes puts a little damper on the start of my day.
8:30 A.M. Actually get out of bed and start getting ready.
9:00 A.M. Walk over to the 7-eleven across my dorm and pick up breakfast. Typically, I’ll just get a sandwich or an onigiri. Then I’ll bike to campus for my first class of the day and eat my breakfast in class.
12:00 P.M. Who thought that three hour classes were a good idea? Most of my classes are actually three hours long, once a week, which can get a little exhausting. But at least it’s over! Time for lunch. I’ll grab a bite from the school cafeteria or one of the restaurants around campus.
1:20 P.M. Next class of the day... I’ll probably contemplate skipping class and going back to my dorm for a nap, but let’s be real, I hate skipping class. I always feel really guilty afterwards.
4:30 P.M. Aaaand we’re out! (Probably. Some days I’ll have three classes, but some days just one or two.) I like to spend some time working in one of the open study spaces on campus. Just not the library. Personally, I find the library to be a bit stuffy and the lack of sunlight just makes me want to sleep.
6:00 P.M. Dinner time! Again, I don’t really cook in Taiwan, since it’s so convenient and easy to find healthy options. I prefer eating off-campus for dinner though. Not actually sure why...
7:00 P.M. Evenings definitely depend on the day of the week. I might have a TA class, a tutoring class, a theatre class, or an aerial yoga class.
9:30 P.M. Whatever class it is, I’m back in my dorm by 9:30 every night. Let’s be honest. I don’t get straight to work. I’ll probably spend a bit of time watching YouTube first.
10:00 P.M. I don’t consider myself too much of a night owl, so I’ll probably just do a bit more studying, probably preparing readings for the following day’s class.
12:00 A.M. Get ready for bed and light’s out! I need to get a full 8-hours of sleep.  

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