I really do feel like I am balancing on the edge of a cliff right now. Time has been flying by ever since I came home from college in New Mexico. Upon arriving home I had about two and a half weeks to hang out with family and friends, get my visa, finish paperwork for my summer job, and re-accustome myself to nice home-cooked meals 🙌🏼😌. Then I headed out to Bass Lake in central California to work at a summer camp called Skylake Yosemite Camp for ten weeks (loooong time). Definitely a wonderful experience. I had the opportunity to do things I would never have done otherwise. I kayaked, climbed Half Dome, did Archery, worked on a high ropes course, met amazing likeminded co-workers from around the globe! This and much more all without the hindrance of a cell phone. All that i had to practice my Chinese was this little composition book EAB605A8-0FB3-4845-B35A-FE6A7619EF98 and a 10 year old camper who was sent from Chengdu, China! Talk about synchronicity! I was specially asked by the camp to help communicate with David and I couldn’t have been more stoked to do so. I learned that my basic conversation skills are okay, but my listening skills can use some work. I was also lucky enough to meet David’s mother when he was being picked up from camp. She was very happy to hear I was coming to Chengdu to study. She then gave me all their information and says I have to come by and visit! I don’t think it could have worked out better. Once the camp was finished I had 7 days to spend at home before my flight to China. I feel as if I have only blinked and here I am on my last day. It’s surreal to look back on the summer and how much fun I had. The people I met and the experiences I had I wouldn’t give up for the world. What really blows my mind is looking into the future. I have no idea what to expect in Chengdu, China. My mind is full of questions but no answers. Will I be able to adjust to the culture? Will I meet good friends to share this experience with? What am I going to miss while I’m gone? Will my brothers be different when I get back? Will I be different…… I believe these questions and uncertainties are what make the study abroad experience so amazing. I’m going to travel with the most open mind possible. Expectations are not always the best, but while I am abroad I hope to learn the language much more, discover as much of the vast culture that China has to offer, have unforgettable experiences, and meet some rad people along the way. If I am able to do those things, I will have had a successful study abroad experience. I hope to capture as much of the experience as I can. Devinpacheco123 is my Instagram account where I will be posting more of my experience while abroad. Please feel free to contact me with any comments or questions 🤘🏼. Here’s a picture of me and my wonderful family. Cheers!