Category Archives: General

1 in 6 Million!

Before heading off to China, I didn’t know what to expect. There were so many things going on in my head about things I heard; some positive, some negative. But I did not let that discourage me. I’ve always been

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Just a Small Town Girl, Living in… China

Two weeks ago I boarded an airplane and flew fourteen hours away from everything I have ever known: my family, my friends, even my language. The moment that we started descending into Beijing and I saw the Great Wall from

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A Train to See North Korea

Saturday, November 5th I awoke very early in the morning to catch a 7 AM bullet train to Dandong, China along with the rest of our group plus our Chinese friend. Situated on the banks of the Yalu river, Dandong

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Fun Moments in China

Adapting to a different culture can lead to some fun, awkward, and rewarding moments. It is hard to predict which one will happen next, but each one is a learning experience. We have now been in China for three months.

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A Stroll Through Dalian

October 7th, 2016. It’s a beautiful day temperature wise. The skies are a bit overcast, but regardless, the Chinese are out and about. From pre-dawn until late evening, long after the sun has set, the streets and parks will be

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The Mid Autumn Day Festival

Each year during the fall, many Asian countries celebrate the Mid Autumn Day Festival with their friends and family. This harvest festival is one celebrated during the full moon. Traditions include eating lots of yummy food with friends and family,

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Friends in China!

China journal – October 31, 2016 One of the best parts of studying abroad through Missouri State University is getting to spend time with the LNU-MSU students. When Dr. Bennett said I would have to tutor twenty hours a week,

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Half Way: A Few Things I have Learned

Today I want to reflect on a new cultural perspective I have gained. Additionally, I believe I have learned more about the overall nature of all cultures. Since half of my time in China is over, I definitely hope to

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Fall in Dalian

As I am now nearing the end of September, the climate of Dalian has for the most part remained constantly humid and around 75 F as an average for the last month, but last week was the first day of

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First Few Weeks in China

Reality seems to delay itself when you travel. What you learn beforehand about traveling can never amount to actually going through with it, and when it sets in that you are halfway across the world in a completely new culture,

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