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Yanshan Peng

Media and Cultural Studies Student

Yanshan PengI come from China. I was living in Guangzhou, a city in Southern China before I came here. I decided to study at Lancaster University in the summer holiday after graduation from high school. I chose Lancaster University not only because I was in a 2+2 overseas study program between Lancaster University and Guangwai, but also  good atmosphere for studying and a good reputation for professionalism in research. Certainly Lancaster University's high ranking in British universities attracted me a lot.
I like my subject of Media and Cultural Studies. I can learn a lot of cultural theory from Europe which has influenced Western countries' development for centuries. In fact, these theories help me understand media and analyze it from a cultural perspective. It’s different from those media courses in China which teach more practical techniques, and I think what I learn in Britain can make me more sophisticated in different media fields. In addition, some of the modules I chose in Sociology are interesting and provide me with more angles to analyze social issues. Last year I chose the module Gender, Sexuality and Society, which has made me more open-minded on gender issues like homosexuality.

Both studying and living in Lancaster University are much better than I could have expected. I am very happy that every time I send an email to my teachers asking questions they reply to me quickly with very detailed answers. Unlike some other universities located in big cities, Lancaster University has a peaceful environment for studying, and has less temptations.  Living on campus also provides me with more opportunities to make friends with other students from Britain and to get to know British culture.

我来自中国的一个南方城市广州。我是在高中毕业的暑假决定要来兰开斯特大学读书的。这不仅仅因为我读的是广外2+2的合作项目。我喜欢兰开斯特的学习环境,也因为这是一所有名的研究型大学。当然吸引我的还有兰开斯特大学在英国大学里的排名。

我非常喜欢我现在的专业:传媒与文化研究。学习这个专业让我了解到很多西方国家的文化理论,一些影响西方社会发展的文化背景。实际上,学习这些文化理论对于我理解和分析传媒的发展有很大的帮助。和中国的传媒专业不一样,中国的传媒学到的是实际操作,而在这里学到的理论知识使得我对这个领域了解更为透彻。同时我还选修了一些社会学的课程,这些理论都能让我从专业的角度分析普遍的社会问题。比如去年选修的“性别与社会”,使得我对待同性恋等敏感的社会现象有个更开明和理解的态度。

在兰开斯特大学学习和生活,比我期待的要好很多。我非常满意这里的老师的敬业态度,每次我写邮件问学习的问题,老师都会很快回复邮件而且回答十分详细。而住在学校里不仅远离繁华城市的诱惑,也可以和英国学生同一个宿舍,使得我有更多机会跟他们交流,了解到最真实的英国文化。

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