I walked into my very last day of work proud, confident, and poised. The sun was actually shining that day, the way the sun shines in Florida. I could see the blue sky and clouds. I kept smiling but something felt off- and I could not put my finger on it. I realized as happy … Continue reading Final Thoughts
Dear Cy-Anne, This decision is BIG... so big that it seems scary thinking about it. But those nerves and doubts mean you’re officially out of your comfort zone and on the brink of doing something MAJOR. I remember when you thought of studying abroad in Africa during your first week of college and how you … Continue reading FlywithCy: What I Wish I Would Have Told Myself Before Studying Abroad
One of the main reasons why I was so homesick is because I missed my boyfriend so much! We’ve been together now for almost 4 years, and we’re stuck together like glue. Here’s a picture from over two years ago :’) Then BOOM: 43 days without being together, 12 hour time difference, and a 16+ … Continue reading FlywithCy: Being in a Relationship and Being Abroad!
I knew that I wanted to study abroad, but I didn’t have $20,000 laying around anywhere in THIS world. If I was going to study abroad, I wanted it to be for FREE. And it was. Here’s how my entire process went: Do I have time to study abroad with my academic schedule? … Continue reading FlywithCy: So you want to study abroad huh? Tips and tricks in the ultimate guide for first-timers.
One of the best parts of traveling is food. Chinese food is nothing like what it tastes like in the United States. Each city has its own flavor. Some cities are sweet, others salty, some spicy. Beijing is known for being a little more on the greasy side but everything still tastes amazing if you … Continue reading Tastes Better than It Looks
It is hard to believe how quickly my time here in China has gone by and how there are only two weeks left. To my surprise, working has made the time go by even quicker. Being in a routine and constantly busy makes working from 9:30am-6:30pm not seem anywhere as long as it truly is. … Continue reading Work Hard, Play Hard
I learned about reverse culture shock in one of my courses this summer, Intercultural Communications. When speaking on the process of cultural adjustment, the W-Curve Hypothesis Model shows the full process of someone leaving and returning back to their cultural routine at home. Now, on this model, reverse shock is placed on the second half … Continue reading FlywithCy: Reverse Culture Shock is REAL
Weeks prior to my departure to China I was bombarded with the question “So, why did you choose to go to Beijing?” While it was a mixture between wanting to leave my comfort zone and try something new I started to realize exactly why I chose this unique city. Because it is full of paradoxes. … Continue reading Why Beijing
In the midst of doing my research with students in Chengdu, I learned that they are born with a Chinese name and then given an English name in elementary school. I learned that with Chinese characters, comes meanings or phrases, so many 3-part names sound metaphorical when you translate them. On the other side, the … Continue reading FlywithCy: The Day I Got My Chinese Name
If you’re just joining in, welcome! During my time in Chengdu, I have written down some points that have made me more aware as a person and as a future teacher! Cultural Differences: Personal space: Americans love personal space, but people in China don’t hold it to such a high regard. For example, people in … Continue reading FlywithCy: Note to Self- Cultural Differences and a Change of Perspective (Part 3)