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Time for three-way blog number 2!

From Within (Desde Adentro)

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Time for three-way blog number 3!

Counting Stars

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I will be completely honest, the past month has been hectic. Rehearsals, work, essays, and finals all crammed up into thirty days, and I will accept I have been absent from blogging, however let me post three different blogs of my experiences these past days. Click on the links below for direct access to each part of the blog entry. The three blogs will cover the following three things:

Sporting KC

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My dream job is to work for a soccer club´s marketing and communcations department focusing on the hispanic market. This week was an especially good week because I recieved an internship offer from Sporting KC, the MLS team in Kansas City, to do just that! I start in February and am thrilled!

What to bring, what to leave?

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So after you have sent in applications, waited anxiously, and then finally chosen a college, what’s next?  Well, packing for move-in day is more than just throwing your room (and brother) into a car and trailer.   What to bring?   What to leave?  I’ve asked my roommates for their input and together we’ve come up with a few suggestions…

Surviving without a meal plan

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Dinner was a breeze Thursday night and lasted me for two more meals after that; this is a dish I would definitely recommend.  Low-cost and easy preparation!

Getting Ready for Finals! (And Winter Break!)

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Finals week is starting in just a few days and the semester is almost over! Between writing papers, studying for finals, and having cheer practice and double header games all weekend I have been extremely busy!  

Coming home...


Through language barriers, unusual foods, a new culture, and seeing various injuries (luckily, I did not experience any), I survived! Coming back to America was not as strange as some may expect or even experience. I did not experience a huge culture shock or feel very overwhelmed. If anything, I should feel less overwhelmed simply because of the difference in the population size! Part of me misses China but at the same time, I love being home, seeing my family, speaking English, and partaking in my own culture. Do not get me wrong, I love to travel and very much enjoyed learning how to speak Mandarin and laughing with our Chinese friends when I completely butchered words or sentences but it is still nice to take a break and let your mind rest.

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Returning Home


Having returned home from China over a week ago, I have overcome my jet lag and I am working on readjusting to the Western lifestyle. I miss walking the streets of Hangzhou, listening to people speaking in Mandarin, and enjoying the cuisine. I have enjoyed sharing my photos with my family. It has been fun to let them experience the Hangzhou local teas that I brought back from China. After enjoying Thanksgiving in Canada, it is back to reality in the States. I am looking forward to sharing all I have learned with my peers and know my experiences will change my outlook on nursing care in the United States. I look forward to stepping back into my job and again comparing what I saw in China to care in the United States. I am already able to incorporate my discussions with nurses and physicians into my work. I find it interesting to hear about the places I have visited in the news and in my reading. Just this past week, I heard a news story about the environment and religion in China. As I watched the news segment, I was familiar with the setting, the Temple of Heaven. As I look ahead to the future, I hope to return to Hangzhou and see the many friends I made during my visit. It will be interesting to see the development in the hospital, and again, share the progress of healthcare between the two countries.

One Ending, a New Beginning


             Going to China was an amazing, life changing experience. I enjoyed everything from touring around the cities to attending clinicals in the hospitals. In Hangzhou, some of my favorite spots were West Lake and the silk market. The lake had a fountain show with lights and music each night, and there was also a bridge that had fog special effects making it look like it was suspended on a cloud. The silk market was fascinating with so many different stores full of nothing but silk. We met a really nice man who owned a silk shop with his family. His grandmother made some shawls, and other members of his family made the fabric. He was quite friendly and very knowledgeable.

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