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Hi everyone, I’m Josh!

大家好! I’m Josh (中文名字:刘杰), and I’m a sophomore in high school. I’m 16 years old, and have been living and going to school in Massachusetts for my whole life. I have no one in my life who speaks mandarin, but in 6th grade I was required to take a language for my school, and I chose mandarin. Since then, I have been taking mandarin in school and am on my 6th year as of next year. The classes I took got me super interested in the culture of China, and I’ve wanted to explore it further. Though I don’t know if I really see myself having a future in China, I feel like this trip will help me learn to go outside my comfort zone in a way that relates to what I’m interested in right now.

Some other things I am interested in at the moment are playing the piano, making various types of music, and all things pop culture. I’m a big fan of trying new foods, and I’m looking forward to doing just that on this trip. I’m also excited to possibly explore my love of music in China in new ways.

See you all soon!