I can’t believe there are only two days left in the program here in Beijing! It’s unreal how close the end is. Though this trip was only 8 weeks, it felt like a lifetime. I learned soooo much about Chinese culture, history, politics, and language. This knowledge has allowed me to look at America and myself in a more wholistic way. Being able to learn about and experience another culture allows you to appreciate your own as well. Though different in nature, both are important for many people. I am so grateful for this experience and cherish the memories made.
For fun I made a list of 3 things I’m expecting to happen when I arrive back home:
1. Unconsciously using Chinese phrases instead of English when asking simple questions.
2. Having a odd craving for Jianbing every morning. (Honestly this was my breakfast everyday)
3. Telling the same stories of my time abroad to many different people.
Well, now I’m looking towards the future and the next adventure life brings. When I return home, I will begin preparing for my senior year at NU (which means finding a job lol) and continue to grow in new ways. I’m so grateful to have been able to spend my summer in Beijing. Admittedly, I didn’t like every day of it (classes mostly lol). However, if prompted, I would do it all over again!
High Hopes and Big Dreams
(Look out for my next post about adjusting back to the US!)