My time in Beijing has come to an end for now, and in less than a week I will be sleeping—with any luck—on an 11-hour flight to the US. My study-abroad dream came true, and although I have become more independent since I arrived, I would not have had even close to the amazing experience I had if it wasn’t for the people I met abroad. My first days on campus were spent alone, with no internet, no bike, no food, and dwindling hope. My last days are being spent with good friends, biking everywhere, eating as many dumplings as I can, and trying to savor every last moment (and bite). Through my numerous struggles along the way, including losing my meal card, my bank card, and sometimes my appetite, I was lucky to be able to rely on friends to cheer me up. Despite the challenges I have faced, I had an incredible experience living in Beijing for a semester, and I know I’ll be back again soon. All in all, I am leaving China much more resourceful than I arrived, even when I have to carry a little bit more than I can handle.
Moving out of my dorm