Study Abroad in China

In 2014, I embarked on the adventure of a lifetime!

I was born in Nanning, China, and I lived in an orphanage before being placed in foster care. I was adopted when I was eleven months old, and I’ve lived in Iowa ever since. I was raised by an amazing single mother along with my three younger sisters.

After graduating from high school, I began college at Iowa State University. I’ve always known that I wanted to study abroad. And after a year of planning, scholarship applications, and paperwork, I was finally on my way towards spending a year in China!


My blog contains my travel log as I explored China and an account of what it’s like for an adoptee to return back to their home country. I wanted to share my unique experience with other adoptees that might be thinking about traveling abroad.

I spent the summer living in Hainan, China with a family friend, then during the fall and spring academic semester, I studied in Shanghai, China with the Alliance for Global Education!

My university wrote an article about my experiences abroad. You can check it out here!

Read more about my adventures in China:




Hainan Summer


Shanghai Fall


Winter Break


Shanghai Spring


Music Monday


One thought on “Study Abroad in China”

  1. Sorry to creep, but I love your blog! I’m an ISU CRP Alum who’s trying and failing at blogging right now, so yours is truly an inspiration. Thanks for all of your insights and experiences! I hope you have a great rest of your time in China and at ISU.

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