Pre-departure

The Last 24 Hours

So tomorrow is the big day and I have to say I am on a rollercoaster of emotions. When I woke up in the morning I felt an overwhelming sadness rush over me because I actually had to face all that I was leaving for this journey. I am still very happy and proud that I took this step to study abroad in a place the opposite of my own, but there is so much to process. First of my mood has been up and down all day thinking about how excited and sorrowful I am. I break out into a huge smile thinking about the new memories I’m about to make and a second later I’m ready to cry over my old ones. I’ve said I’m not going at least a hundred and fifty times today. I don’t mean it of course but it’s just something I have to say to console myself.

Now let’s talk about everything I’m dreading. First thing is the flight to Beijing from Colorado. I can barely stand a two hour flight without being completely stressed out so I don’t know how I’m going to get through a total travel time of fourteen hours! Second and probably worst of all is saying goodbye. I hate goodbyes and saying it in an airport is the worst place to say in my opinion. Well other than in a cemetery or hospital.  I am by no means excited to walk down to security and look back at my crying family wishing me well. I’ve been on the receiving end of that goodbye and it was agonizingly painful to say the least. The third and final thing I am dreading is the culture shock. But it’s all part of the experience and I wouldn’t change the opportunity I have been given.

This will by the last entry I make in America for the next few months, let’s have an adventure!

Pre-departure

I’m Going to China!

Hello my friends, let me begin by introducing myself. My name is Ash and I am a 19 year old college student who is about study abroad for the first time.  As the title states I am going to be studying in China, Beijing China. I have been dreaming of going to Asia since I was 12 years old and I have to say I am beyond pleased that I’ve finally made it a reality. This first post is sort of like my pre-departure reflection. The goal of this blog is to record my experience as it occurs.

Here’s some background on myself and my trip. As I said my name is Ash, I’m a sophomore attending the University of Colorado Denver. I will be studying in Beijing China through a program called CU semester in Beijing. I heard about this opportunity when I was checking out my Universities office of international affairs exchange programs. I had researched several programs before deciding that Beijing was the best fit for what I want to accomplish by studying abroad. When I decided this was a good fit I only had to two weeks to apply for for the program, grants, and scholarships. If you are planning on studying abroad please don’t just make a split decision and only give yourself a couple weeks to get your stuff together. It worked for me but it’s not an efficient way to get important things done. Trust and believe that. Anyway back to the standard introductory information about myself and why I decided to study in China. Firstly I think the Chinese culture is beautiful in a way that I can’t even describe, and secondly I being a Ghanaian American wanted to see and experience a culture that is virtually the opposite of my own. And as for my reason behind creating this blog, well I wanted to capture this experience for myself and share it with other students who are interested in what living in China as woman of color is like. I promise this will be the last boring and relatively formally written post I allow on here. If you made it this far, thank you and welcome to the beginning of my adventure!

I hope ya’ll stick with me.