Friday, February 21, 2014

Update on my adventures for anyone out there

Well, to start off, it's been a hectic semester so far. I'm taking 17 hours and my weeks are completely full of chaos. Not really, but it feels like that. I'm definitely getting back into my coffee routine quite nicely. I've heard back from the internship in Beijing and...I'M DEFINITELY GOING TO CHINA THIS SUMMER!!!! I'm so flipping excited! I can't wait for this new adventure! The Guatemala trip unfortunately fell through due to having to change the dates of my internship. Long story short, some people just happen to turn on you sometimes, you never know why or what snapped, but it just happens... I guess every once in a while, we all get caught up in our own interests. Some times you win, sometimes you lose. Anyways, my father will be joining me on my journey there so that we can go visit my orphanage. This will be my first time back since my adoption so I have no idea what's in store for me. But let's start at the beginning, this is my adoption story:

I was born in November of 1994 in Maanshan, China in the Anhui provence. I was left on a street corner after I was born, so I was told. Police found me and took me to the local orphanage where I lived for the next seven months. I was adopted in June by my loving parents. They had tried previously to have children for 19 years before deciding to adopt. According to them, I was an answered prayer. I'm not entirely sure how accurate this is for all the trouble I've caused them since then, but life has been good so far. I know of at least 3 of my "sisters", we are spread out literally ALL over the country. One here in Texas, one in Indiana, and another in California. I've unfortunately lost contact with the other two. One of my sisters, Destinee is currently in China now going to school! I will hopefully get to see her this summer when I go! Here's her blog for those who are interested! http://destineeling.tumblr.com



As far as that photo goes, I'm the one in the stripes, embarrassingly enough matching my mother.... and Destinee is on the far right. She's the one I've gotten to know well enough over the years because we grew up about 3 hours away from each other. Luckily we got to see on another every now and then! 

And that's us a couple of months before we both started college...Time really flies. 


Being adopted hasn't really affected my life as much as people may think. There are actually days when I forget that I look nothing like the rest of my family...Haha... I am completely Americanized and love my life. Since coming to college, I've made so many new friends. I think that it is quite funny that I've been pursued by both Asians for Christ, the Chinese Student Association, and Asian sororities. It's hard to explain to them that I share almost none of their culture... I'm happy the way my life turned out and embrace the fact that I'm a banana..that is, Asian on the outside, white on the inside, or twinkie, whichever one is more relatable.... Seriously though, I'm like the whitest asian my friends have ever met. 

Well, thats my "background" story I guess. I believe every character in Life has an incredible story that links them to others and is continuously molding them. People wouldn't be themselves without their unique experiences and stories. So I will leave you with a little Walt Whitman: 

"That you are here-- That life exists, and identity;
That the powerful play goes on, and you will contribute a verse."


Quidditch is a Thing

Hey everyone! So I go to Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and something thats really cool here is that we have a Quidditch team! Ya, Quidditch is a real thing! We're actually really good at it too! #4 in the world to be exact! We made a final four appearance at the World Cup last year and we're looking to do so again! For all the randos out there that are interested in this wacky thing and want to help us get all the way to Myrtle Beach SC, you can check us out here.... http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/get-baylor-quidditch-to-world-cup-vii?c=pledges ...For all who are just interested in Quidditch in general, you can go to http://iqaquidditch.com ... Thanks for all the reading, or who ever is out there actually reading this blog... I'm not sure how to tell on this thing... but Thanks anyways!!!