Yep, the school year is just around the corner. I’ve already helped my first student with directions on campus. I was walking to my building when I saw her—young, alone, looking nervous and studying a map and her surroundings. I approached her and asked if I could help. In broken English, she asked me where Bessey was. I was happy to assist and pointed her toward the building, smiled and wished her luck.
As I walked on, I thought about how brave she was to come to a foreign country at such a young age to study. I’ve been to China so I know how very different this country must seem to her. Tackling the language, campus, weather, diversity, culture, food and more—I thought about how much she’ll have to learn before even stepping foot in a class.
I remember the day my daughter decided to attend college overseas. Of course I was nervous about sending my baby across the ocean, but more than anything I was incredibly proud of her passion, independence and fearlessness.