After convincing myself that going Chengdu was going to be better than Shanghai, my favorite and most valued quote stands true once again. Good things come to those who wait. After filling out endless forms, stalking everyone on my trip on Facebook and convincing myself I was going to have a great time, I find out what textbook my program was using. It turns out the advanced class I was going to take is using the textbook that I just finished at Michigan. Therefore if I were to take the class using the same textbook I most likely wouldn’t get credit for the semester. So I wouldn’t be in the city I wanted and I wouldn’t even get credit. So I did my research, made a phone call and found out that even though the Shanghai program has a prerequisite of five college semesters of Chinese, Michigan must move really fast and I could still be in that class. So good things did come to me for waiting. I get to be in the city I wanted to be in, and hopefully I can pass out of a semester of Chinese! The best part of going to Shanghai, besides that fact that people actually have heard of it, is that somehow everyone has a connection to someone there. They have been there, they know someone who has been there or even better, they know someone who is going to be there this summer when I am there. Shanghai is a great, hip, fun city, and I can’t wait to spend my summer there.
Tonight I think I made my decision. All year I have been wondering and questioning and going back and forth on if I wanted to go to China this summer. I am taking Chinese in college and decided that I wanted to minor in it. If I made it this far, I might as well do something with it. The problem is, Chinese at school is just way too hard. I love the language and the class and especially my really nice GSI, but taking a five credit class that meets everyday, has three tests a week, and homework and presentations just didn’t sound fun anymore. So I thought well, maybe I can go to China and finish the class requirements. After many meetings with Ashlee (two e’s) and Wei and calling programs on programs, I narrowed it down to two programs I liked. One would be to go to Beijing (which I love) and take a really intensive Chinese class for five hours a day. The other would be to go to either Shanghai or Chengdu and take a less intense (but still pretty hard) language class and one culture class. After many more meetings and phone calls I decided the program in Beijing would just be too much. I wanted to go to Shanghai. Its such a cool city that everyone knows and dreams of going to. Who’s heard of Chengdu anyway? Tears and Skype chats with my parents later, I think I have made the decision. “What do you care more about, getting the credit or the experience?” my dad asked me when I called him freaking out about what to do. Although the obvious and perfect answer would be the experience, I said “the credit.” Going to China is an amazing experience no matter what, but I just don’t know how worth it it would be to spend my whole summer taking a class and not even getting credit for it. So I made the decision. I will be going to Chengdu China for five weeks taking a Chinese class and hopefully also a Chinese culture class. Although I care about the credit the most, I do agree it will still be a pretty amazing experience. Shanghai would be cool and everyone who I tell would know what I was talking about, but Chengdu would be something new. A place I don’t know much about that I can learn about. Although this program wasn’t what I wanted to do right away, and the city wasn’t my first (or second) choice. I could not be more excited. I guess that might be an over exaggeration since I am probably more nervous than I am excited, but I think it will all be worth it in the end. This summer I will be doing something I have never done before by doing something completely by myself. I won’t know one person on my program before I get there. But this is my time to grow as a person and especially as the shy girl I am known to be. I am so excited for this opportunity. Today I decided I will be going to Chengdu.