Don't be afraid of growing slowly. Only fear standing still.
China was the first foreign country I traveled to.
I was a wide-eyed, 15-year-old blank canvas who had only ever seen the Midwestern countryside of the USA. China was unlike anything I'd ever experienced. Two weeks of traveling Chongqing and Beijing on a cultural exchange program and I knew I needed more of it.
I ended up back in China during university, for a semester abroad. I attended Renmin University, and studied in their Global Studies program.
Life in Beijing was... not what I expected.
I had a bad first night that colored my opinions for awhile, but in the end the people I met there and the places I explored made it all worth while, and a uniquely memorable experience.
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My 4 months in Beijing are up. December was a hurried month, so you see, there wasn’t much time to realize that time was up. But now that it is, I can look back and realize what I gained in China.
I learned a lot in Beijing.