Posts Categorized: Reflection

Looking Back

It’s been about a month since I returned from my study abroad trip in Beijing, China. I’ve certainly returned to many elements of familiarity back in the United States, where road signs and restaurant menus are in English. Recalling all the experiences that I’ve had in China this summer, I can’t help but think about… Read more »

Best Wishes

I’ve been home for about a week now, and the reverse culture shock is starting to wear off. When I first got here I remember being shaken by the lack of squat toilets and the absence of signs in Chinese. I’m still getting use to the little things, like being back in suburbia and no… Read more »

People-watching

It’s been a while since I was last in a country where I don’t fit in, so to speak. There are not many immigrants in China, so seeing a Black person can be rather uncommon. As a result, I’ve gotten a lot of stares, and even had some people take pictures of me. When I… Read more »

Same Stars, Different Constellations

Today was my second to last day of classes in Beijing before leaving for Hangzhou and to be honest, I’m sad I’m leaving. I’ve really settled down over this past month. I know Peking University’s campus well enough to remember shortcuts to my Chinese class, and have even hopped on the metro by myself to… Read more »

Observing a Changing Beijing

I’ve been in Beijing now for two weeks, and it’s been an interesting experience navigating throughout the city and taking classes. I came in without having any Chinese knowledge and so could not even say a complete sentence. After taking three hours of classes every week, it feels exciting to put words together and throw… Read more »

Reverse Culture Shock

It has now been five weeks since I left Peking University and China. Since then, I have traveled to South Korea and Nicaragua. When I initially left China, I was extremely excited to return to a country where I was familiar with the language and culture; however, I felt myself missing China more than I… Read more »

Readjustment and Growth

My experiences in China feel like a combination of something that happened eons ago and something that happened only yesterday. Coming back to the States, I’ve already fallen into a routine of working on medical school interviews, catching up with friends, performing time-consuming errands, and working out the kinks of the upcoming school year. So much… Read more »

My heart is still in China.

It’s been exactly a month since my return home, and I still remember it like it was yesterday. Now that I’m back on campus, my friends want to know everything about my time abroad. But the experience I had there simply can’t be described in just a few words. There’s nothing like being in the… Read more »

Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

I had high expectations for China. The Political and Economic Development Program looked like it was made for me: it was hosted by my father’s alma mater, it was in my mom’s hometown with all of my relatives, and I LOVE economics, there was no way that it could not be totally perfect. But the… Read more »

Back home…

September 14, 2016, and it’s been exactly a month since I left Beijing. It’s still hard for me to believe that I spent two months abroad in Beijing. The two months really flew by. It was hard to adjust at first – the language barrier, the different culture, the hot and humid weather, and especially… Read more »