I hope you all have enjoyed my blog about the adventures of the inaugural full-semester class of University of Dayton China Institute. Our student group in total consisted of 10 American and 17 Chinese students. The Chinese students were from all parts of China. I can’t remember where all they were from. As for the Americans, there were: Renee and myself from Columbus; Jesse, Lauren, and Rachel from Dayton; Cierra and Dan from Indianapolis; Vidy from Louisville; and “Gonzy” from Nashville. So, a very diverse Midwestern group. I think, in terms of personality and ethnicity, our antics probably would have made for a great reality TV show.
If you’ve enjoyed reading this blog as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it, and you are interested in a different take on our adventures, I recommend reading the blog my friend Lauren Schmitz wrote about her experiences during our China adventures. It’s called “Laurie’s Stores”, and can be found at lauriesstories.weebly.com.
I hope that this blog I’ve written can be used to recount some of our adventures and experiences to students and people going to China, and to future generations of UD students, to alert them to some things they should know before going. Hopefully this information can somewhat reduce the culture shock, although no matter how much you read or hear about a thing experiencing it for yourself is totally different. At the very least I hope it will provide reading material for those interested in China who have never been there, and people who like adventure and travel. As I said, I have had a lot of fun writing this blog, and I hope you all have enjoyed reading it.
P.S. Sorry for the delay in getting these last blogs out. It was like coming home from a long vacation. Almost as soon as you readjust, you realize you have a million things to do!