On July 13th, Beijing time, 15 students
from the Optical Zhejiang University respectively departed from Shanghai and
Beijing. After 13 hours of flight, they finally arrived at Chicago O'Hare
Airport on the afternoon of July 13th. After more than a dozen hours of flight
and customs inspection, everyone finally got a break on the bus to the school.
At 9 o'clock in the evening, we finally arrived at UIUC, and under the leadership of Mr. Liu Meng and the school staff, I got to know the school, stayed in the dormitory, and had a certain understanding of the next study and living arrangements. When I first arrived in the United States, the communication in English made us somewhat unaccustomed, but we believe that we can better adapt to it in a few days.
On July 14, 2019, US time, at 9 am on Sunday, we gathered at the first floor lobby of Nugent Hall to prepare for the group treasure hunt on the morning of the day. The person in charge of the event broke up and randomly divided the teams from South Korea and Shanghai Jiaotong University, each group of 5-6 people, distributed to each group a campus map to explore the famous and interesting buildings on the campus. Following the guidelines for maps and guides, we passed the University of Illinois University's undergraduate library, the Foellinger auditorium, the Lincoln Hall, the Illini Union, and Alma Mater.
Among them, the University Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the second largest university library in the United States, second only to Harvard University; the number of auditoriums at the University of Illinois is large, and there are about 30 auditoriums throughout the school. We visited several of them. The large auditorium; Alma Mater is the most famous sculpture in the school and is also a symbol of UIUC. Students at the school or tourists visiting the school will take photos with this sculpture.
After the end of the campus tour, at 2:30 pm, we gathered at the Event
Entertainment Center (ARC)'s Function Room No. 7, and together with about 100
students, experienced the free atmosphere of the American university and the
atmosphere of the game. We have competed in 3 small games - relay running,
towering, knowledge quiz, learning to communicate in English in the game, and
feeling the importance of "college cooperation awareness" in American
At 9:00 am on July 15, 2019, US time, we followed the person in charge, Liu Meng and others, to Everitt Hall to listen to Liu Meng and others to explain the points that should be paid attention to in Illinois, the University of Illinois, and the life of American universities. In their explanations, we have more detailed knowledge and understanding of this university, and we are ready for the next two weeks of study.
We take 2 courses during our stay at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), including Control Science lectured by Pro. Petros and Data Science CREATIVITY lectured by Pro. Wade, who is an expert in computer science, together with Pro. Karle, who is a statistician.
Pro. Petros is kind of humorous and he tells jokes during the class sometimes. He tries his best to focus on the general methods to solve problems in control systems rather than introduce excessive math works to the class. Unlike many courses we have taken in Zhejiang University, this course doesn’t have any prerequisite requirements. The professor starts from the most basic and easiest parts of control system and gradually digs into the hard ones. It is a pleasant experience to take this course.
Another course Data Science CREATIVITY is delivered by 2 professors from different professional backgrounds. They teach in turns during every single class so that we can pursuit knowledge and skills in programing and statistics at the same time. This well-designed course intends to equip us with those two kinds of skills and we are supposed to apply them to data visualization, which will be our final project. Lecture delivered by two professors is quite unique for us and we do learn a lot.
We get a glance at American campus life by taking courses, which will serve as a significant reference when we come to make the decision on whether to receive graduate education aboard, especially in America.After a few days of adaptation, we really integrated into the UIUC classroom, even if it was the first time to get into the UIUC eclectic curriculum, we have already experienced the profound knowledge and profoundness, and in the course of the course, facing the illinoi union The open-air movies and the enthusiasm of the classmates were not extinguished by the high temperature. The thrilling plot created a tense viewing atmosphere. The protagonist’s fate and fate often caused the audience’s exclamation or emotion. The next day, the learning of data science and control system was still in order. The brain was slightly exhausted under the impact of new knowledge. After a hearty open-air music festival, it was a life that many students could not meet. For the first time, with the rhythm of metal instruments plucking and kicking, everyone throws away the loneliness and discomfort of foreign countries, immersed in the local families who come to the leisure, feel the leisure time on Friday, and enjoy the personality and enthusiasm brought by UIUC.
On the weekend, we headed to Springfield, Illinois, to find the Lincoln Trail. The group visited the Lincoln House, the Illinois State Government, and the Illinois State Museum: Here, we saw Lincoln from a troublesome little boy to a great The embarrassing process of the president saw the other side of Lincoln’s childhood, as a small inventor. It is even more aware of the courage and perseverance that Lincoln faced in the face of heavy pressure, the abolition of the slave system and the end of the Civil War.
At the same time, the people in the state of Illinois, through the state's openness to the public and the grandeur of the interior, feel the democratic spirit defined in American culture and its economic strength, but also that China is in the process of eradicating poverty. The reform of the population in the deep-water zone and the hard-hitting period, the people of the group made up their minds to learn the talents. In the near future, they will use their rich knowledge reserves and broad international vision to help win the fight against poverty and help build a well-off society in an all-round way. The Chinese dream of realizing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation has come true!