China Bound

Thomas Meints
Chinese Language and Culture
Major: Biology

It has truly been amazing how many friends and family members have asked why I have chosen to study abroad in China, to which I always respond, “Business”. I had decided early on in my college career I wanted to study abroad in the country where america does most of it’s business. In today’s world, it just so happens to be China. Going to China, learning the language and culture, will be great opportunity. Knowing a bit of both will do wonders for not only me personally to become a more well rounded individual, but will no doubt help me in any career choice in my future (having the ability to not only speak but empathize with Chinese business partners).

Food court before climbing the stairs to the top of the Great Wall of China.
Food court before climbing the stairs to the top of the Great Wall of China.
Temple at the top of the Princess's Garden.
Temple at the top of the Princess’s Garden.

What are my biggest fears while studying abroad?  Well the biggest one is theft. I have heard so many stories from vacationers about theft while traveling abroad, even during my many study abroad pre-departure meetings they reverberated this. Although coming in a close second is losing my luggage. I have spent so much time picking out what to wear, getting travel size toiletries, and making them fit. If I were to lose my luggage I’d probably break down and cry. But oddly enough, I am not worried about getting sick or even about going to class in another country (although everyone said it should be). Time will tell to see if I have chosen correctly about what to fear.

A temple in the valley. Spotted while leaving the countryside.
A temple in the valley. Spotted while leaving the countryside.
The entrance to the Princess's Garden, extends very far.
The entrance to the Princess’s Garden, extends very far.
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