China has a certain smell. Sometimes it reminds me of plastic, and sometimes it smells like pork buns (包子) as you walk down the street. It's always changing, but you can always tell you're in China by the smell of it. I enjoy it. Also, side note: as I write this, there's a dude staring … Continue reading sniff sniff
Before heading to Nanjing, our cohort had a PDO, or Pre-Departure Orientation for two days in Washington, D.C. These two days were intense. It felt like I was being thrust upon and chained to a horse that was galloping, farther and farther, faster and faster from any sense of familiarity that I hold close to … Continue reading PDO
i walk through this airport with its hustle and bustle, its whizzing and whirring - a cacophonous symphony reverberating in my eardrums. it is a fortissimo melody, a bombastic song, a joyous symbol of what is to come; it is an ode to the future, an ode to freedom, and an ode to the unknown. … Continue reading an ode to the unknown
Since the first student council election in eighth grade, I've ran for class president and have been the voice, the leader, the representative for over 500 students for a few years now. This past week, I decided to step down from the position for a variety of reasons; it was a difficult decision, and it … Continue reading what i learned about leadership from stepping back
今年的夏天我要去南京! Today I was assigned to Nanjing, Jiangsu, for my NSLI-Y Summer 2017 Program (with ma girls Hayley & Jessica). I'm PUMPED because Nanjing is a city with an extremely deep history, great food, and more great food! Lots of food! FOOD! (Don't be surprised if food is the most extensively discussed topic in this post.) … Continue reading this summer in nanjing – 今夏天在南京
今年夏天我在做什么? What am I doing this summer? On the 25th of March, 2017, at exactly 5:10 pm, I received an obscure email with a PDF attachment of my acceptance letter for a Department of State scholarship. What proceeded was a strange mix of intense screaming, half-crying, and lots of jumping around--a spectacle, really. WHAT? The … Continue reading join the nsli-y family!