I experienced the gap between ideals and reality when I was in the United States as an exchange student. Before going to the US, I expected I could participate in a class discussion, but reality was totally different, because it was difficult for me to catch everything they said. However, I decided to overcome that situation because I am so competitive. First, I reviewed every lecture. Second, I practiced my English pronunciation and listening. Also, I told honestly my classmates and roommates that I could not understand them frequently. Thus, they helped me practice English together. Moreover, I could join a class discussion without any hesitation because I started preparing for every class hard. I revealed my weak points to others and I overcame the gap between ideals and reality.