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Introducing Myself

Hi everyone,

My name is Alex and I am one of the students this upcoming semester. I am a recent high school graduate, and this adventure is the start of my gap year. I am so excited to meet everybody and to travel together in China!

I grew up in Chicago and have always been interested in different languages and cultures. I lived in Australia for a year, have been backpacking in Scotland and New Zealand, and was on exchange for three weeks in China back in 2015. I loved every minute of being in China, and have longed to return from the moment I left. I am really interested in studying the comparisons between different religions and languages in China, as well as backpacking in the awesome landscapes. I haven’t studied Mandarin before, but I am so excited to start!

In my free time, I like to sing, act, draw, hike, knit and weave, make jewelry, make tea, and stargaze (I love astrophysics). I hope that you guys share some of these interests, and that we can do fun things together while we are on this journey! Needless to say, I am really excited to meet you all.

All the best,