I am now back in New Jersey, but after the back to school rush died down I realized that I needed to finish my blog! While in China I did not realize that this blog had such a large following. Thank you so much for taking the time to read about my adventures and support me on my journey. All of the comments, views, and encouragement meant a lot to me while I was on my trip! Currently I am in the process of applying to continue my studies in senior year. If I am excepted into the NSLI-Y program again I would study for nine months instead of six weeks. My fingers are crossed, hoping that I am accepted back into this amazing program. If I do spend nine months in China please be prepared to read more weekly blog updates! Until that point I am going to create a sub section for this blog that will have information about my Girl Scout Gold Award. For my Gold Award I am currently teaching 4th-6th graders cultural understanding, basic Mandarin, and Chinese holidays. If you are interested in this project please keep following my blog for more weekly updates in the States!
Leaving Deyang my family and I sad goodbye at the school I had been attending for six weeks. My host family was amazing and I miss them a lot. My sister and I still text using an international provider called qq. My parents were actually talking about taking their next vacation in the New York so hopefully we will get to see each other again in the future!
After leaving Deyang my friends and I had a couple of days in Beijing. During this stay after lots of orientations we were able to go to the Forbidden City.
I would definitely recommend applying to NSLI-Y if you are interested in foreign languages. I had an experience I never thought I would get to have, and was able to form friendships with great people from China and America. I hope other students consider applying to this program! Thank you for an amazing summer!
If you would like to see more photos and videos here are links to my two youtube videos about my experiences through NSLI-Y. If you know anyone interested in applying feel free to share these videos or my blog link!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPYfz1W2DCI this is a photo compilation
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdkKO-G1tZk this is a video compilation