I studied abroad in Shanghai for a semester during the fall of my junior year. I can’t believe how quickly those three and a half months flew by. It was like a dream: I practiced my Chinese every day and grew in leaps and bounds on a daily basis, I made tons of new friends from all walks of life, I acquired a new appreciation of something as simple as tea, and how it has so many healing properties.
A traditional tea ceremony in China looked something like this:
I remember my first time ever riding the subway, I had never been on one before, and it was surprisingly easy to navigate; I didn’t even get lost.
I always thought all dumplings looked like the ones you got from your local Chinese take-out restaurant. Imagine my surprise when I discovered these: These are the most delicious soup dumplings I ever had. They are dripping with perfectly seasoned soup that you can slowly sip out threw the straw. This is one of the best ways to eat a dumpling, I’m drooling right now thinking about all the traditional Chinese food I am missing out on.
I thought I wouldn’t have as much time to travel as I hoped, but I had so much travel time and was able to explore China in ways I never imagined possible. Manfredo (my really good friend) and I visited the Terracotta warriors, a sight so magnificent I couldn’t believe it had been buried away for so many years.
Now you can understand why I marveled at the site.
I’m back at Trinity now, and am forever grateful that they started the Shanghai program when they did. I fell in love with the city and can’t wait to return.
I am officially taking my favourite class at Trinity thus far. It is the most intriguing and intellectually stimulating class I have taken, and I absolutely love it. The best part is I stumbled upon it by pure happen stance; I needed an additional credit for the semester and had already fulfilled my other requirements, so I was just going through the course catalogue reading course descriptions to see if any of them tickled my fancy. The class is called “Formal Organisations 201″; we discuss human behaviour within any form of organisation, be it the government, a business,a family, or a school, and focus on trends, changes, reasons for evolution in behaviour, and so forth. It is a seminar style class, and we sit around a table, probably like the “Knights of the Round Table” did way back when (well, that’s what I like to equate it to), and everyone is given an opportunity to contribute their opinions on the discussion at hand.
We’ve only had a few weeks of classes and I have already learnt so much from this course, and can’t wait for what’s to come after Trinity days. professor Gunderson is a fantastic professor, and if anyone gets the chance to take a class with him, take it.
Oh how time flies. I still remember my first day on this beautiful campus; pre-season, August 31st 2010. Arriving in America for the first time, I marveled at how beautiful Trinity was, I couldn’t believe this place existed, and it was about to be a part of my life for the next four years. I’m sure many of you felt the same way on your first day, and I’m sure we won’t be the last to feel the magic of Trinity.
Starting this year, my final year, felt a little like the beginning of my first year at Trinity; lots of nerves, and a little nostalgia, but all for very different reasons. I decided however, that I would go out with a bang. I chose to live on the Long Walk this year, with seven of the most amazing roommates one could have. That way, if I saw someone I knew walking down the long walk, I could pop my head out and wave hello to them from my room, or just look out onto the Quad and people watch during the spring. Hopefully I’ll be waving hello to some of you, and exchanging pleasantries on the Long Walk. Like many of us do during our tenure here, you will find all the hidden gems Trinity has to offer, and you will unearth a little of the magic that makes this place my home.
Class of 2017, welcome to Trinity. I hope you make long lasting friendships as I did, and enjoy your four years here, because they will truly be some of the best years of your life.