By Ha Ngan Ha, Vietnam
Sunday, September 11 2016
It has been nearly three weeks since my first day in USA. Time flies so fast when you have so many tasks to do, many activities to participate, many new things to learn. This morning, when having breakfast at Glacier Institute, Peter asked me whether I missed my home country or not. Only until that moment did I realize that how long I had not talked to my parents, how long I had not heard their voice. I left my home to study in other city when I was 18 and only came back on some special occasions. It means that I had very little time with my parents and sometimes I was too busy to talk to them. Peter’s question gave me an alarm that I was living too fast, too hastily that I forgot what is really important to me. I joined this program due to many reasons and the crucial one is the wish to do something, first of all for myself, my family and then for my country. This program not only provides me necessary knowledge and skills about environment and leadership which will help me a lot when I come back Vietnam but also gives me chance to look back, examine my goal of life, identify my priority and remind me that family is always a very important part of my life. Now, I have missed my family already!
Before visiting USA, I have learned that the relationship between teacher and student is quite open but only when coming here can I feel that how relaxed the relationship is. At least, not many Vietnamese teachers can play soccer with students as excitedly as Dr. Len did.
Image 1: Playing soccer at Glacier Institute
After leaving Glacier Institute, we had a great lunch on Flathead Lake
Image 2: Lunch at Flathead Lake
In the afternoon, we had a chance to visit the National Bison Range where we can see a real big alive bison. The main purpose of this Range is to remove surplus bison and monitor herd genetics and health. With new calves being born each spring, it is sometimes necessary to reduce the herd to protect the grassland forage upon which the bison and other wildlife depend.
We had a short tour by car in the National Bison Range to watch animals here.
Image 3: Bison
Do you know that bison became the first national mammal of United State just in May, in 2016?
We also dropped by the Garden of one thousand Buddhas on the way back to Missoula.The purpose of the Garden is to bring about the positive transformation within those who visit, in response to the negativity that abounds in the world today.
And finish the day with a big bowl of Bun Bo Hue at Vietnam Grill restaurant was a really smart decision.
We definitely had a busy day like every day in our program. There are some days when we can go out and experient the US culture and some days we just sit in class and study. However, in my view of point, each day of mine here has full of joy and new things to discover. I have changed a lot since the first day until now and still looked forward to any changes in the future. Like Gandhi once said: “You must be the change you want to see in the world”.
Thank you for reading my blog and have a good evening.