My last blog entry from China
10.08.2010 95 °F
I can't believe how close I am to the end. This is my last day with computer time! Tomorrow we have a closing ceremony in the morning and leave for Beijing in the evening. I'll be in a hotel in Beijing until I leave for 美国 on Saturday! I'm so happy to be going home, but I'm also sad to leave my life here. Over the past few days, a lot of sentences have started with "This is our last...."
Yesterday was a really fun day. Joseph's 18th birthday is on Saturday (he gets a 36 hour birthday because of the time change!) and so we decided that we wanted to throw him a birthday party before we left Changzhou. It was really fun. He had no idea, so of course his face was priceless. We asked Shu to get cake from a bakery and bring it in (we paid him back for them) and we lit candles and sang. A true American birthday. We also learned "happy birthday" in Chinese (生日快乐). It was a successful party. Ironically, today was a Korean student's birthday, so they bought him a cake and we all ended up singing for him as well (in English). After classes, since we got done early again, I went to the supermarket near Mikaela's house with Mikaela, her host sister, Chloe, and Luke. We all take the same bus home, so it was on our way. We had a lot of fun. I didn't buy anything (except for a snack since I was starving) but it was a great experience. I guess I would compare the place to Walmart. They didn't just sell food. They sold everything, from clothes to tea sets.
This morning, we had our final "Mandarin proficiency test." I got an 84. Normally, that isn't a grade that I would be happy with (and I must admit, I was pretty bummed when I first saw it), but I worked hard for that 84. Obvously I wish that I had done better, but I'm okay with it now, because in school, I rarely feel like I worked for a grade. It happens occasionally, but I've put a lot of effort into learning. We learned so little in class that I stayed up late studying on my own when I finally got free time. When I realized that, I was fine with my 84, because I earned that. I'll just have to study more.
We're so close to the end now. Six weeks has never seemed like such a long time until now. This is definitely a big part of my life. I'm curious to see how it affects me when I get home.