Function Name: August
Input: Nervousness, homesickness, uncertainty
Output: Surprise, warmth, and culture of care
- Participate in I-PREP (International-Preparation and Regulatory Education Program) and O-Week to experience the craziest and funniest week of your life, receive postcards and personal letters written wholeheartedly by o-week advisors on move-in day and a group of o-week brothers and sisters whom you dine with every week.
- Meet with tons of interesting people during lunch and dinner without feeling awkward (since everyone is extremely nice and welcoming).
Function Name: September
Input: Mid-Autumn Festival and Mid-Terms
Output: Fulfillment and Loss
- Participate in the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival celebration that is open to the Rice community, enjoy Roast Duck and a rich Chinese cuisine, watch special performances in the RMC grand hall, make lanterns and moon cakes.
- Have three mid-terms in three consecutive weeks and being completely crushed by your COMP140 (an introductory computer science course) mid-term.
Function Name: October
Input: Adventure in Houston
Output: Surprise, satisfaction, better knowledge on Houston
- Explore Chinese and South Asian restaurants in Rice Village and China Town (which is 15-20min away from Rice).
- Enjoy delicious Velvet tacos with your o-week advisor in Montrose and sing musicals loudly together in his car.
- Eat rich California bowl and ramen in Japanese restaurant Jinya Ramen with friends (you can easily get there by free metro).
- Go on a trip to NASA’s Space Center with OISS (Office of International Students and Scholars) to learn about space and rockets.
- Ice-skating, shopping, and eating fantastic cheesecake and California Omelet in Galleria (a huge shopping center in Houston).
- Walk along the Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Natural Science, and have a FWIS (First-Year Writing Intensive Seminar) class at the Sicardi Gallery where you get to see artworks from the artists you study in class.
- Wander inside Hermann Park and watch the swans on the lake or enjoy a performance celebrating Argentinean culture in the Miller Outdoor Theater in Hermann Park.
Function Name: November
Input: Celebration and “Cold” Weather
Output: Contentment, international cuisine, beautiful dorm decorations, increase resistance to cold weather
- Learn to make Mexican paper flowers and paper-cutting hosted by the CLIC (center for language and intercultural communication) and watch a music performance in the Discovery Green Park in Downtown on Day of the Dead (and it happens to be your birthday, whoohoo!).
- Watch your all-time favorite Phantom of the Opera show in the Hobby Theater.
- Cook authentic Chinese food in your college kitchen!
- Have a delicious Thanksgiving lunch with OISS and being interviewed by the cameraman.
- Feeling frustrated for the extremely cold weather (yes for someone from southern part of China 2℃ is SUPER cold!).
- Enjoy all your classes and become good friends with your COMP140 group mates.
Remark: These are the four meaningful months I spent at Rice, and as you can see, I really enjoy my time here. Of course there were losses and frustrations, but Rice’s culture of care helped me get through the tough time and push myself further: I came in as a novice who has absolutely zero knowledge in computer programming, and now I can even write a blog in programming recipe format! I really appreciate what Rice had helped me accomplish and am excited to continue the rest of my journey at Rice!