As my time in China comes to a close, I cannot tell if the trip has flown by, or has felt as though it lasted a lifetime. On the one hand I cannot believe that it 2 months have already passed since I first arrive, but on the other hand, looking back to the first day being here, that seems like it was ages ago. Looking back I feel as though my Chinese definitely has progressed. I don’t necessarily think that I am fluent, but I would be pretty comfortable being on my own in China trying to figure out what people are saying. If there is ever a word or phrase I don’t know, I know enough to fill in the gaps with other phrases and descriptions.
For the second to last week we had our Chinese night and talent show. The program would not be a Notre Dame Chinese department event without one. I helped out as an MC and did a dance in a group. It was a little hectic since it took place on a Friday, which is our test day, but overall everyone rallied very well to make it happen, especially the teachers who all put an enormous amount of effort into it. I think people really enjoyed themselves that night, and to me it seemed even better than the typical Chinese nights we have on campus. We closed out with pizza, which was definitely not United States pizza, but after having so much Chinese food, you’re not picky. I am looking forward to going home, but I there are definitely aspects of China I will miss. I will especially miss the cheap food and having the chance to talk to random people out of the classroom in Chinese.