In Transit

So I’ve been a bit quiet on blog front recently. I have been grappling with a transitional time in my life where I’m neither here nor there, so to speak. I have finished the SFBC summer adventures of tour and camp. I tried to bring closure to the summer with this post on the SFBC blog for parents:

I’d like to thank all those who have followed this blog over the past two weeks. I realize it was difficult waking up many mornings, checking this site, and not finding anything. But hopefully the blog did provide just enough information every few days (not to mention 370 photos streamed over 4200 times) to know that your sons were having a blast and singing beautifully on an adventure that few would ever get to experience at such an age.

SFBC tours are something very special because they promise experience that is invaluable and intangible. From the moment the boys step off the plane, they learn and expand their worldviews many times over.

It was indeed a pleasure to work, play, and even sing with your choristers this tour. Each day brought a new and different adventure. Thank you for supporting your sons in everyway from packing his suitcase to filling out his forms. Your son might not know it now, but surely the good memories will linger for a lifetime.

Ryan Kellett
Tour Chaperone, 2005
SFBC Alumnus

What I don’t tell the parents is that I miss their kids already. There is something jarring about waking up to kids every morning for a month and waking up to the silence of an empty house each morning. Some may identify the symptoms kid withdrawl (a second cousin of PMWS – Post Musical Withdrawl Syndrome) in me (reminder: check with Summerbridge teachers to see if they feel the same way) but I think that is also fading with time.

On the other end of the transition is my acceptance of an internship (see this interesting and entirely true opinion piece by Dave Zhou on internship discrimination) at Shantou University. I am frankly quite excited at the possibilities but am bogged down by amount of stuff I need to do before leaving for China for four months. Today, I got a Hepatitis A and Meningitis shots and I am hopefully off to the Chinese consulate to apply for my visas tomorrow. My mother put two articles on my desk this morning: “Minimizing Medical Risks Abroad” and “Traveler’s Checklist.” While I thank her for the information, it only adds to my worries.

I am less concerned than I could be because I am living and working in a University but then again China is China. It comes with a whole host of headaches from the political to the medical. On top of that, living alone in a foreign country in which you’re not a student is scary. It’s like shock therapy for college living.

I must ground myself in the mentality that change is good, different is good. Upon my acceptance of Middlebury’s February-admission offer, I knew that I wanted to do something different this fall and I am lined up to do just that. So this blog is on course to switch gears a bit into documenting my experiences abroad this fall. Hopefully my journey will bring about greater insight into a changing world environment in which China plays an increasingly large role. I must put in my plea to not let this blog get me in trouble with the Chinese government either…

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