Headed for home

We are currently en route to the airport, and on our way home. We were thrilled to try jian bing this morning, a typical Beijing breakfast, which Laura L., a current Miss Porter’s student at home in Beijing for spring break, was kind enough to bring for us with her family. After breakfast, we packed our bags and headed to the mall to get one last bubble tea run in before we returned to RDFZ one final time to grab our luggage and hit the road.

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We’ve had an incredibly rich and engaging two weeks here in Beijing, and we want to take this time to share some of our reflections and the lessons we’ve learned along the way.

“I learned that it was a lot easier than I thought it would be to make connections across the language barrier. Even though none of us speak Chinese, we were able to find someone that lives here [in Beijing] that we were able to connect with.” -Jackie M.

“I have realized the importance the people I love have in my life. On our trip I had my ups and downs and I know that I wouldn’t be able to get through any of it if I didn’t have my closest friends with me. I learned that, holy cow, I am so lucky to have the friends that I have and I never really realized how scary it is for me to be alone. My biggest takeaways will be the new friendships I made and the friendships I had that grew stronger. I promise it’s not goodbye, it’s just see you later.” -Lila C.

“I travel a lot and I’ve been on a lot of trips with groups, and I think this group really helped me to realize who I am within a group and be there for other people instead of just being there for myself. I think I’ve grown enough on other trips to be able to be there for others who need that, and I think that’s really helpful for others and myself.” -Ella W.

“Something I’ve learned on this trip is not that I like being alone, but sometimes I think it’s important to build in time for yourself to reflect and think about your goals – just a minimal amount of time to think, clear your headspace, see where you’re at and what you need to accomplish.” -Laura G.

“Something I’ve learned is how different the life is here and how different the classes are that I went to, but I also learned that different can be a good thing. When I was at my homestay I learned how different my family was and how their lifestyle is different. Different can be a good thing because it made me appreciate what I have at home.” -Ana B.

“My biggest takeaway from this trip was probably that if you’re with the right people, you can really get through anything and make anything fun. Everything will be okay if you’re surrounded by the best people or the right people in that situation, and I feel like I had that on this trip. Even going into it, not only was my group the right people for me and helped me get through a lot of things here, but also people I met on the trip became the right people. I guess my biggest takeaway was how the people you’re surrounded by can make or break your trip, and for China it made the trip ten times better.” -Kyla G.

“Even though it sounds cheesy, I learned that no matter how far you travel there’s always a sense of home. I also learned that you never really know what you’re going to find, so you can’t base everything off of a judgment or an expectation. You need to accept sometimes that you’re wrong in order to have a good time.” -Melina B.

“I think one of the things that I learned is that not everything has to go perfectly to have a perfect or great trip. It’s all of the little mishaps that end up being the funniest and most rewarding, and ultimately the stuff that brings you closer and that you remember later on.” -Callie G.

We are so proud of this group and are looking forward to returning to Farmington!

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