The Great Debaters
The students in the photos above are my sophomores students. I have been lucky enough to teach them for the past 2 years and have gotten to know them well, both in and outside of the classroom. We have shared countless moments together, that have brought us both happiness and sorrow, laughter and tears, and through it all we have become each other’s family, we’ve watched each other grow, and we’ve inspired each other, they are the younger brothers and sisters I’ve never had. These students have helped me get through some of the most challenging yet rewarding moments I’ve experienced so far, and I couldn’t have done it without them. I’d like to say it is 缘分, or fate, that allowed our paths to cross and our lives to intertwine, and I can’t imagine who I’d be without having met these amazing people.
Next week are our final debates and our final classes, and the only word I can come up with to describe the 274849927263 emotions I’m feeling is bittersweet. These students, my friends, have immensely impacted my life and helped me grow more into the person I hope to become, so picturing my life without China is one of the weirdest feelings, ever. But as picture my life back on the other side of the world, I feel absolutely ecstatic, terrified, uncertain, and wondrous about what is going to be, the new relationships that will form, the new places that I get to explore, and the reuniting with friends and family that I haven’t seen in 2 years.
So as I say my goodbyes and pack up my things, I know the future has so much beauty in store and I’m going to blindly fly into it and see where it takes me. 2 weeks left in Chongqing, 4 weeks left in China, and then from Nepal to India to SE Asia to America— San Francisco I’ll see you September 28th.
China, Peace Corps, friends and family within, thanks for giving me the most fantastic, most challenging 2 year experience I’ve had so far in life, that no words can even justifiably express. Cheers to what has been and what will be. Our minds, bodies, and souls are always connected, no matter the distance, so it’s not goodbye, it’s see you later.