I am now studying at Cornell in Ithaca, NY. Ithaca is a very small and quiet city. Nothing interesting except the university, mountains, lake, forest and water falls. Living without a car, I have to spend 40 minutes each day on walking to the campus. It is long walking, acrossing mountain, lake and fall, therefore making me quite tried. However, I enjoy the scenery. Also I meet a lot of Thai students here. They all are so kind to me.
I have gone to classes for 3 days. There are 9 Ph.D students from various countries. They are very genious. Some of them come from Leading Universities in the world like Yale University, New York University, London School of economics etc. I was so excited. However, I still have the big problems with foods and especially communication. I dislike american food and usually end up with hotdog and cereal. In the classes, I can not understand clearly what the teacher said and I can not chat with my classmates during the break. After finishing the classes, I usually go directly to home and live alone in my room. In addition, I have to live far from my gf who is now studying at University of Kansas. I feel quite lonely. Nevertheless, I hope that I will be able to resolve the problems soon in order to be stronger and then survive.
PS You can view the pictures of Cornell scenery along the way from my home at my personal webpage http://pirun.ku.ac.th/~fecoipm/Pic3.html