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, I was definitely not excited to start. However, two and half months in to my stay here, it is great. I love getting to work with the students. Everyone has been friendly, and the tutoring lab is a great place to meet new people. One of my best Chinese friends, Stephan, has been able to show us around Dalian. One of the best meals I have had since landing in China was with Stephan at a local hot-pot restaurant. It was an experience one would never get back in the United States.
LNU-MSU has also been wonderful with scheduling school events. Being here in China, I did not think we would get to celebrate Halloween. However, Friday we had a pumpkin-carving contest. I carved a sub-par pumpkin. I think they thought my pumpkin would be a lot better; since I have been carving pumpkins for quite some time. Though, everyone had a great time, and it was interesting to see people carving pumpkins for the first time in their lives.
When I first came to China, I thought I would spend all my time with everyone who came over with me, but I was wrong. I would not trade the friends I have made here for the world. If you want to find true friend who will last a lifetime, study abroad in Dalian China!
– Alex Priest