This time last year I started writing a sort of diary on my phone in the notes section. I was writing about my feelings before going to China, leaving my friends and family, mixed emotions and the expectations I had. Re-reading it a year later, I realized how I wish someone would’ve told me that everything will be alright in the end. I was going through the lines just thinking „poor me!”. So for all my firsties and all firsties out there, or just for anyone leaving their home at an early age, here are some things I wish I had known myself before leaving home.
It happened! After more than half a year of planning the project, editing the answers of people in United World College Changshu China, also known as my second home, finalizing conclusions and preparing for the big day, „In High School in China” has finally launched in Bucharest, Romania. Even though I have been working on this for such a long time, it is still unbelievable how quickly time has passed. This time last year I was saying good-byes before starting my 中国 (China) experience and now I am planning a summer full of IAs, EE drafts, college apps and other not really fun stuff. Among all of these not very summery expectations, the day of the launch of the book was a delightful experience, which only made me appreciate what I am living at the moment even more. Stick with me to read about the event through my eyes.
First month of UWC China
Whenever you read articles about UWC experiences without ever having lived something similar to that before, you look at it in such a different way than when you see everything actually unfolding in front of you. You think „oh wow, this person is so smart that they got in” or „oh wow, this person is so brave to leave home so young”. Behind every interview, story about academic (too much of a fancy word ew but that’s what you get) experiences abroad there are so many more details that you never think of. The behind-the-scenes is full of teeny tiny things you wouldn’t actually think of before embarking on your own journey.
The question that went through my mind the first days here was „how could anyone ever give up this place?”. But enough with the sweet talk. I’ll cut to the chase and sum up the past weeks since I left home.
I never thought I’d say this but damn, it’s now almost a month since I’ve started my UWC journey in China. If I had to use one word to describe it, I would say it’s been overwhelming for all of us. I’ll tell you about how I got here, the first weeks and emotional stuff in the next article. For now, these are only 5 things of the many things that make you instantly say „China”:
RO: Nu m-am gandit niciodata ca o sa spun asta, dar fir-ar, e aproape o luna de cand am inceput calatoria UWC in China. Daca ar trebui sa folosesc un cuvant ca sa o descriu, as spune ca a fost coplesitor pentru toti. O sa va povestesc despre cum am ajuns aici, primele saptamani si lucruri emotionale in urmatorul articol. Pentru acum, astea sunt doar 5 lucruri dinre multe altele care te fac instant sa spui „China”: