A Domestic Absence
Aug19

A Domestic Absence

I’ve been home from my time in China for a while now and I must say, I miss it. I never would have imagined missing a country so different from my own with people so different from myself. By the end of my trip, I definitely was ready to come back to the United States- I was even fine with the fourteen-hour flight to get back to America! But now, I miss the simplicity of life in Xiamen. My internet and cellular connection was spotty...

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Beating Anxiety Abroad
Jul28

Beating Anxiety Abroad

I am in the throngs of my China trip and, miraculously, nothing terrible has happened. No earthquakes, no kidnappings, no allergic reaction, I began to feel like I was on top of the world! The fact that I stared my anxiety down in the face and came on this trip was exhilarating, but that didn’t mean I didn’t have a few anxiety attacks throughout the trip, but instead of running home to a comforting place when these attacks occurred, I...

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Anxiety Abroad
Jul27

Anxiety Abroad

“I’m going to China.” I have been repeating this mantra in my mind since I decided to go on this trip back in November. Frankly, I don’t even know how I ended up here. I was simply walking out of my Chinese 101 class when my teacher said, “You should go to China.” My response, “Okay.” And now I’m here attending Pre-Departure Orientations, applying for a Visa, and having my passport updated. What did I get myself into? I’ve been out of...

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