Back to school!

I graduated with a Financial Management degree in college. I enjoyed studying it, but during my college days I wished I took a double degree in Applied Economics and Financial Management instead. But since I was in danger of not graduating on time (I shifted degrees during my second year), I had to settle for a single degree so I could graduate and work as soon as possible.

Now, it’s been two years since I graduated from college and after deciding that I really want to study economics, I took a big risk and applied for graduate school.

In Taiwan.

Yep, I am studying abroad.

At first, I wasn’t even sure if I would get accepted because of my grades but I tried applying anyway. I’m glad I did because when I got my letter, I was so delighted to find out that I had been accepted! The application process felt like a dream but now that I got my acceptance letter and scholarship certificate, everything feels legit. I’m currently busy with my requirements for my student visa, but so far everything is going well.

I’ve also filed a resignation from my current job, and I’m only staying until the last week of July. After that, I’m going to rest for a month before school starts in September. I still don’t know what’s going to happen but I’m very excited because I’m going to study something that I’ve always been interested in. Besides, I’ll experience so many changes in my lifestyle during my stay there. I admit that I’m living an easy life here at home; my siblings and I can do things for ourselves if we want to but we always have other people to do those things for us. But when I leave, I will have to learn how to live alone and be independent. I am already learning how to do certain chores to make my life easier when I’m there. And since I’m going to live in the university dorm, it will also be my first time to share a room with somebody else (and a stranger at that!). As I said, I will really have to make lots of adjustments but I think this change is for the better because I will have to learn how to be responsible sooner or later, and it’s best to learn these things while I’m still young. I’m very excited to see what these new experiences are going to teach me.


  1. It warms my heart knowing that you’re off to do something you’ve been wanting to do for a long time! How exciting it must be for you. I wish you all the best and of course, congratulations! I know it’s really scary diving into something new but you did it, all the way in Taiwan too! Well done 😀 I can’t wait to hear of your adventures!!

  2. Congratulations. I am really happy for you and I am sure it is going to be an amazing experience. It’s good that you tried to apply. You never know. I am pro applying for things you wish, because if you put passion in your application you may get it. I would like to study a year abroad, but I don’t think I’d do that, at least not right now. Maybe in the future.

    1. Thank you so much Cristina! 🙂

      It’s true that we just have to keep trying if we really want something because we might just get it, just like what happened to me! 🙂 I hope you get the chance to study abroad too, I’m sure you’re going to enjoy it!

  3. Congrats on getting accepted! That’s exciting that you’re studying abroad, and that you’re going back to get the other degree you wanted 🙂 This sounds like it’ll be a great experience and opportunity!

  4. Congratulations on getting into grad school! I hope you’ll enjoy your time in Taiwan while studying abroad. There will be adjustments, but nothing challenging for you :). Good luck!

    1. Thanks Nancy! 😀

      I’m actually excited and scared at the same time when I’m thinking about all the adjustments that I’m going to make, but I think that’s what will make my time abroad so much more enjoyable. 😀

  5. Claudine!!! It’s been a long time since you posted a new entry and Im glad I’m reading a new one. Im so happy that you are now studying the degree you want. Im also busy attending workshops related to arts and design as well because I feel like I didn’t maximaze my time well on my stay on csb haha lol. I have to admit I kinda miss going to school. I love meeting new people. Goodluck on your school. During my stay at the dorm, I met really good people. and Im sure you will also! Anyway do you have Twitter? 🙂 XD

    1. Thanks so much Jean!

      I think that what you’re doing is great, I mean learning doesn’t stop when you earn your degree, you have to keep on learning new things and expanding your horizons no matter what field you’re in. Good job! 🙂

      Oh gosh, I really hope I get a great roommate in the university dorm! It’s my first time to live away from home and I’m so excited and nervous at the same time! Lol!

      Yes, I have a Twitter account! Follow me at @claudinehere 😀

  6. Hi Claudine! First time to visit your blog. Congratulations! I’m so happy for you! God bless to your new journey in Taiwan. Would love to know more when you get there!

    Kai // Kitty Journal (

  7. Congratulations on getting accepted! Taiwan of all places, that’s amazing!

    Believe it or not, I took a Chinese class when I first started college, and I received a lot of b.s. from the Asians. Instead of cheering for me, they were negative about it. However, I made sure to pass with flying colors. I wanted to prove to myself and to them that a non-asian person can learn their language. What did I pass with? A B+! Not bad for a White girl, huh? Lol.

    Anyways, I had a blogging friend that was once upon a time my hostess as well. I think she had the same kind of scholarship as you do, but she fell ill while being in Taiwan. From what my friend had told me she was homesick and became aneroxic. Kind of sad as she had to go back home and finish her studies at home. I will be praying for you to have safe travels and in Taiwan as well.

    Anyways, I’m sure you’ll be okay. Don’t worry, you got this.

    1. Thanks a lot Jamie!

      Yeah, I remember that story! Haha! It’s weird how your classmates were so negative about you taking a Chinese class. If I were one of those people I would even teach you so I could help you with your class -_-

  8. Congratulations!!!!! And I’m so glad you were accepted. Isn’t it nice when it turns out things go better than you think they will. Now good luck with moving and all!

  9. Congratulations!! That sounds amazing, and I know you’ll have a great time in Taiwan. Studying abroad is such a great opportunity. I’m glad you didn’t let your nerves get in the way because applying paid off!

    1. Thanks Raisa! 😀

      I almost didn’t pass my application, but at the last minute, I went to the office and submitted all my requirements! I’m glad I did too because it’s one of the best decisions I ever made XD

    1. Thank you Kate! 🙂

      Well, first of all, I found my desired Master’s program in Taiwan. The program is specific and it’s aligned towards my career goals and interests so I went with it. Plus, I’ve been studying Mandarin for a few years now and I figured that studying in Taiwan would really help me become more fluent 🙂

  10. That is so incredibly exciting! I am so very excited for you and this new opportunity. Congratulations! I love hearing about people chasing their dreams and making their realities happen. I wish you the best of luck with your move…I hope it goes smoothly! I cannot wait to hear about your exciting new adventure!

  11. Oh, oh! Congratulations on being accepted! I think it’s great you’re pursuing for a degree you want. And kudos to you for deciding to doing it abroad. It’s good you decided to try and apply, because they accepted you!

    All the changes will be overwhelming, honestly, but I think if you take the changes in as much as you can right now, it won’t be as bad when you get to Taiwan! I look forward to reading about your experiences in Taiwan!

    1. Thanks so much Tara! 🙂

      I’ve been thinking of all the adjustments that I’m going to make but I’m also trying to learn everything I can while I’m still home so it won’t be too overwhelming. Thanks so much for the kind words <3

  12. Oh my goodness! How exciting!!!! I hope the rest of the application process goes smoothly for you. I know how much of a pain that all can be.

    You will learn so much while you are there. I think it’s so awesome that you’re seizing this opportunity and taking a risk in something that’s outside your comfort zone. I hope you love all your classes and you will see some amazing sights!

  13. Sounds like an incredible experience!~ Good luck with it! Application processes are just so frustration, but I heard Taiwan is so beautiful as I have friends from there and they go back every so often, but alas, you’ll grow as a person more and just make awesome friends. Good luck!

  14. Hi Claudine! Haven’t been chatting with you for quite a while. Great to know that you are going to graduate school to study Economics! I am also in graduate school now. Haha.

    How is your school in Taiwan now? 🙂

    1. Thanks Sakura! That’s awesome that you’re also in graduate school, good luck to both of us! Haha! 🙂

      I’m departing for Taiwan on the 29th and school starts on the 12th 🙂 I still have a bit of time to prepare. Heehee!

  15. Oh, I am so sorry this happened. I think you just try to conquer your fear. I am sure you are a good driver <3. Today I am having my first driving lesson. I can't wait to see how it's like. <3 Yes I think the classes are very useful. I am glad that I went to them (you can skip those if you want).

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