This week our refection comes from Drew S.
Our trip to China was truly amazing and one I will never forget. It was so interesting to see the different cultures of students in mainland China, as well as Hong Kong. I came to appreciate even more my life in the States and the privileges I have without even realizing it. My favorite part of the trip was our stay in Hong Kong and how one night we walked through the city to see the light show on the water. Besides the show being amazing and how peaceful it was out on the water, walking through the city was so different from anything I had ever experienced. It was just as busy as New York, but the environment and people were so unique. I really enjoyed Hong Kong and would love to go back there some day. Overall, I had an amazing time and I’m really glad I got to spend this time on this trip with the people who went.
This week our refection comes from Olivia G.
The Shenzhen Foreign Language school was so different than I expected it to be. To be honest, I went into China not thinking about how big of a culture shock it would be. Despite the drastic change in environment, culture, everyday life, etc, the people truly made the experience. I would not have enjoyed my InterMission as much if it weren’t for my host student. The connection we built with the girls was truly unique. We came from completely different parts of the world, yet we bonded immediately. I think that having host students made the immersion goal a reality. They showed us their favorite places to eat, hangout, site-see and so on. I think, however, that we were not the only ones to learn from this experience. Many of them had never traveled to the US before. They were to us as we were to them: New and exciting. As cliché as it may sound, the SFLS girls proved to us that no matter how different you may seem on the outside, we are all the same internally. They may have worked 10 times harder (making us look like complete slackers), but deep down they’re all silly star wars-obsessed geeks like us.