The last day was very emotional. The night before we had gone out on the town to experience some nightlife with our newfound Chinese friends, so I had slept in a little later than usual. I woke up around 10 a.m., took a shower, and then started to pack—of course having more things than I had arrived with. I then went downstairs where all of our Chinese friends were waiting and exchanging gifts with their American counterparts. I saw some people tearing up and knew I was on the verge of the same. Even though I wanted to stay a little longer with my new friends, I knew it was time to go. We then embarked on a 12-hour flight, 5-hour bus ride, and then I finally arrived in Bloomington at 1 a.m. I found it very hard to sleep with the time change and all.
I am very appreciative of this opportunity I was given. It is easily the most memorable thing that has ever happened in my life. I hope to experience even more things like this down the road. But until then, I have my memories of China and my unforgettable trip to Beijing.
— Mikaela, Freshman, Musical Theatre